Darryl Dawkins, otherwise known as “Chocolate Thunder” was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers fifth overall, and then spent the first seven years of his career in Philly. Dawkins tragically died in August of 2015, a death that was greatly mourned by the Sixers community, as he was one of the notable faces of the franchises’ history.
Dawkins was put on the bench for must of his first season to watch, learn, and slowly develop, and was also put into a small role in his second season too. For the playoffs of his sophomore year, however, he was allowed to come in and get a larger role. Depsite losing the series, he was respected after that playoff performance.
Dawkins was a powerful center that actually shattered multiple backboards during NBA games, forcing the league to implement a rule that suspended players and fined them for shattering backboards. He was a funny fellow, once claiming to reporters that he was actually an alien from outer space.
As a Sixer, Dawkins averaged 11.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. He was an integral part of leading the Sixers deep in several different playoff runs, but could never seal up the deal in the Finals. The Sixers traded him away in 1982, a move that would ultimately prove to be best for the team as the Sixers would finally win another title the very next season.