Spud Webb



Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963 in Dallas, Texas) is an American former NBA basketball player.

Webb did not play much on the team at Wilmer Hutchins High School until his senior year because "the coaches were giving the guys who were seniors the chance to play."1 However, he did learn to dunk during the summer before his senior year.

After graduating from high school, he was not recruited by most colleges mainly due to his size. Finally he attended Midland Junior College (in Midland, Texas) where he led his team to the junior college national title in 1982.

Webb attracted the attention of Tom Abatemarco, an assistant coach at North Carolina State University, who arranged for Webb to meet head coach Jim Valvano, who offered Webb a scholarship. In two years at N.C. State, Spud averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 assists per game.

He was then drafted in the 4th round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. His first six seasons were played with the Atlanta Hawks, but he had his best years statistically with the Sacramento Kings, where he played as a starter from 1992-1995. He then split a season between the Atlanta Hawks and the Minnesota Timberwolves before finishing his career after one season with the Orlando Magic and retiring from basketball in 1998. He averaged 9.9 points per game in 12 seasons.

Webb lives in Dallas, where he appears on pre-game and post-game shows for the Dallas Mavericks on a local TV station.

Webb is tied with Greg Grant and Keith Jennings as the third-shortest players in NBA history. Only Earl Boykins (5'5") and Muggsy Bogues (5'3") are shorter.

Webb, the shortest person to compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, won the event in 1986. His participation surprised teammate and defending dunk champion Dominique Wilkins, who had "never seen me dunk before," Webb said. His dunks included the elevator two-handed double pump dunk, the one-handed off the backboard one-handed jam, a 360-degree helicopter one-handed dunk, a 180-degree reverse double-pump slam, and finally, the 180-degree reverse two-handed strawberry jam from a lob bounce off the floor. He beat Wilkins with two perfect 150-point scores in the final round. Atlanta coach Mike Fratello said, "Spud kind of duped him. He told Nique he never had anything prepared, didn't practice for it. So, Nique maybe thought his normal assortment would be good enough to get through."

* Twenty years after Webb's victory in the Slam Dunk contest, he helped New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson win the event. Webb tossed the ball to Robinson, who leaped over Webb and dunked, earning 50 points. Robinson went on to victory, making him the first player under six feet to win since Webb.

* "Spud" is a shortened form of "Sputnik", a nickname given to Webb as a baby by his grandmother.

* LeBron James considers Spud Webb to be one of his favorite slam-dunkers of all time.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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