Mo Cheeks was a 6-1, 220 pound point guard out of West Texas A&M. He was taken 36th overall in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft, and proved to be an incredible talent for a player drafted so late. He spent 11 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, appearing in four All-Star games and being named to the NBA All-Defensive first team four times.
Cheeks was also a part of the incredible 1983 championship team. Over his 11 seasons with the team, Cheeks averaged 12.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. He was solid, playing near or over 30 minutes per game in almost every season that he was a Sixer.
Cheeks was often overlooked by fans, and still is looking back because of the stars of the team that included Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, and Moses Malone. Cheeks was an important part of those Sixers teams that made four trips to the NBA Finals. Cheeks was the point guard of that team, the player who had to run the offense and get things going.
In the playoffs, Cheeks stepped it up even more. In 10 playoff years with the Sixers, Cheeks averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 2.3 assists per game. In the incredible 1983 run, Cheeks was able to up his scoring to 16.3 points per game.
Cheeks went on to coach in the NBA following the conclusion of his playing career.