American professional basketball playerrDied when: 58 years 228 days (703 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn
Darryl R.Dawkins (January 11, 1954 – August 27, 2015) was an American professional basketball player.He was particularly known for his tenure with the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career.
His nickname, "Chocolate Thunder", was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder.He was known for his powerful dunks, which led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering a backboard on two occasions in 1979.
Dawkins averaged double figures in scoring nine times in his 14 years in the NBA, often ranking among the league leaders in field-goal percentage.
He also played in the NBA Finals three times as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Dawkins set an NBA record for fouls in a season (386 in 1983–84).