Hersey Hawkins

Hersey R. Hawkins, Jr. (born September 29, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player. After starring at Chicago's Westinghouse High School, the 6'3" (1.90 m) shooting guard attended Bradley University. Hawkins wore numbers 3, 32, and 33 while playing for 4 teams throughout his 12-year National Basketball Association career.

Hersey Hawkins
Personal information
BornSeptember 29, 1966 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolWestinghouse (Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeBradley (1984–1988)
NBA draft1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career1988–2001
PositionShooting guard
Number32, 33, 3
Career history
19881993Philadelphia 76ers
19931995Charlotte Hornets
19951999Seattle SuperSonics
1999–2000Chicago Bulls
2000–2001Charlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points14,470 (14.7 ppg)
Rebounds3,466 (2.9 rpg)
Steals1,622 (1.7 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com


Hersey spent four seasons as the starting shooting guard at Bradley University, starting all 125 games the Braves played and finishing with 3,008 points.[1] At the time of his graduation in 1988, he was the fourth-leading scorer in NCAA Division I history and is currently 10th.[2] In 1986–87, he finished fifth in NCAA Division I in scoring with 27.2 points per game, following that season with a historic campaign, averaging 36.3 points per game in 1987–88.[3] Before being drafted into the NBA, he was a member of the last collegiate USA men's national basketball team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul coached by John Thompson. They disappointingly finished with the bronze medal after losing to the all-professional Soviet Union in the semifinals as Hawkins was injured, depriving the U.S. team of his outside shooting and overall scoring ability.[4]

Career in the NBA

Philadelphia 76ers

He was then drafted 6th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in first round of the 1988 NBA draft, but his rights were immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to former 1988 Olympic teammate Charles Smith. On the 76ers, "Hawk" was the second scoring option after Charles Barkley. Hawkins earned NBA All-Rookie First Team Honors in 1989. In 1991, he averaged 22.1 points and appeared in the NBA All-Star Game. In a game against the Boston Celtics, he had 9 steals. He also scored a career-high 43 points in a game against the Orlando Magic.

Charlotte Hornets

In 1993, Hawkins was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Dana Barros, Sidney Green and draft picks. In 1994, he made a career-high of 14 rebounds against the Houston Rockets. Hawkins wore #32 with the Hornets during the 1993–94 season since Alonzo Mourning wore #33. Next season, he would change his jersey number to #3.

Seattle Sonics

After two productive seasons in Charlotte, Hawkins and David Wingate were traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Kendall Gill. In 1996, he played a key role, complementing Gary Payton, Detlef Schrempf and Shawn Kemp on a Sonics team that made it to the NBA Finals but lost 2-4 to his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls. He won the NBA Sportsmanship Award in his final season in Seattle.

Chicago Bulls

On August 12, 1999, Hawkins was traded along with James Cotton to the Bulls for Brent Barry, but his one-year tenure in Chicago was marred by injury, and he only averaged 7.9 points per game in 61 games.

Return to Charlotte

He returned to Charlotte as a free agent in 2000 for his final season, and he retired in 2001 with 14,470 career points.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

1988–89 Philadelphia 79 79 32.6 .455 .428 .831 2.8 3.0 1.5 0.5 15.1
1989–90 Philadelphia 82 82 34.8 .460 .420 .888 3.7 3.2 1.6 0.3 18.5
1990–91 Philadelphia 80 80 38.9 .472 .400 .871 3.9 3.7 2.2 0.5 22.1
1991–92 Philadelphia 81 81 37.2 .462 .397 .874 3.3 3.1 1.9 0.5 19.0
1992–93 Philadelphia 81 81 36.8 .470 .397 .860 4.3 3.9 1.7 0.4 20.3
1993–94 Charlotte 82 82 32.3 .460 .332 .862 4.6 2.6 1.6 0.3 14.4
1994–95 Charlotte 82 82 33.3 .482 .440 .867 3.8 3.2 1.5 0.2 14.3
1995–96 Seattle 82 82 34.4 .473 .384 .874 3.6 2.7 1.8 0.2 15.6
1996–97 Seattle 82 82 33.6 .464 .403 .875 3.9 3.0 1.9 0.1 13.9
1997–98 Seattle 82 82 31.7 .440 .415 .868 4.1 2.7 1.8 0.2 10.5
1998–99 Seattle 50 34 32.9 .419 .306 .902 4.0 2.5 1.6 0.4 10.3
1999–00 Chicago 61 49 26.6 .424 .390 .899 2.9 2.2 1.2 0.2 7.9
2000–01 Charlotte 59 0 11.5 .409 .370 .857 1.4 1.2 0.6 0.2 3.1
Career 983 896 32.6 .461 .394 .870 3.6 2.9 1.7 0.3 14.7
All-Star 1 0 14.0 .600 .000 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 6.0


1989 Philadelphia 3 3 24.0 .125 .000 1.000 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.3 2.7
1990 Philadelphia 10 10 41.5 .497 .389 .937 3.1 3.6 1.2 0.7 23.5
1991 Philadelphia 8 8 41.1 .465 .538 .937 5.8 3.4 2.5 1.3 20.9
1995 Charlotte 4 4 32.5 .406 .308 .882 5.3 2.0 1.5 0.5 11.3
1996 Seattle 21 21 34.0 .452 .344 .895 3.0 2.2 1.3 0.2 12.3
1997 Seattle 12 12 40.3 .470 .458 .914 4.5 2.8 2.5 0.3 15.3
1998 Seattle 10 10 33.7 .466 .395 .875 5.7 3.6 1.8 0.1 13.4
2001 Charlotte 6 0 8.3 .375 .250 .714 1.5 0.7 0.5 0.0 2.0
Career 74 68 34.2 .455 .396 .907 3.9 2.6 1.6 0.4 14.1

Post-playing career

Hawkins was named as an assistant by head coach Ty Amundsen for the 2006–2007 season at Estrella Foothills High School varsity basketball in Goodyear, Arizona.[5] He also came to the Hoopfest in 2009. He is currently the Player Development Director for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Hawkins is married with three sons. His son Corey, who holds the Arizona high school record for most points in a career, now plays for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. He played for Arizona State from 2010–11 and UC Davis from 2012–15.[6] His son Brandon played college basketball at University of the Pacific before finishing his career at Portland State. His son Devon currently plays basketball at West Linn High School in Oregon. Former NFL offensive lineman Flozell Adams is Hersey's cousin.

See also


  1. ^ "NCAA Division I Records" (PDF).
  2. ^ "NCAA Division I Records" (PDF).
  3. ^ "NCAA Division I Records" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Inquirer: Hawkins to miss remainder of Olympics".
  5. ^ Vacancies filled on Wolves' coaching staff Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ ASU sophomore guard Corey Hawkins to transfer

External links

1986–87 Bradley Braves men's basketball team

The 1986–87 Bradley Braves men's basketball team represented Bradley University during the 1986–87 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Braves were members of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and played their home games at Carver Arena. Following the departure of former head coach Dick Versace, Bradley was banned from postseason play. The Braves were led by first year head coach Stan Albeck and AP Honorable mention All-American Hersey Hawkins, who averaged 27.2 points per game.

1987–88 Bradley Braves men's basketball team

The 1987–88 Bradley Braves men's basketball team represented Bradley University during the 1987–88 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Braves were members of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and played their home games at Carver Arena. They won the MVC regular season championship as well as the conference tournament. Bradley finished the season 26–5, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. They were led by second-year head coach, and MVC Coach of the Year, Stan Albeck, and Consensus First-team All-American Hersey Hawkins, who led the nation in scoring by averaging 36.3 points per game. Hawkins collected multiple national player of the year awards, and remains the career scoring leader in Missouri Valley Conference history.

1987–88 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1987–88 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November 1987 and ended with the Final Four in Kansas City, Missouri on April 4, 1988.

1988 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 1988 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1988–89 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1988-89 NBA season was the 76ers 40th season in the NBA and 26th season in Philadelphia. In the 1988 Draft, the team selected forward Charles D. Smith, then was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers for shooting guard Hersey Hawkins from Bradley University, as the team needed more backcourt scoring to complement the inside play of Charles Barkley.

The Sixers would return to the NBA Playoffs after missing out in 1988, going 46-36 in the regular season. In the post season they lost a first round series to the New York Knicks 3-0. The second game was of note because the team blew a 10-point lead with approximately 2 minutes left in the game, Trent Tucker's three point shot with less than 10 seconds left gave New York the win.

1989–90 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1989–90 NBA season was the 76ers 41st season in the National Basketball Association, and 27th season in Philadelphia. During the offseason, the Sixers acquired Rick Mahorn from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him in the 1989 NBA Expansion Draft. Mahorn, who won a championship with the Detroit Pistons last year, joined Charles Barkley and Mike Gminski to form a formidable front court, while longtime Sixer Maurice Cheeks was dealt to the San Antonio Spurs for Johnny Dawkins, who teamed with second-year star Hersey Hawkins in the backcourt.

After a mediocre 18–16 start to the season, the Sixers would win twelve consecutive games, then post an 8-game winning streak near the end of the season. They won the Atlantic Division title compiling a 53–29 record, defeating the Boston Celtics by just one game. In the first round of the playoffs, they would win a hard fought five game series over the Cleveland Cavaliers, then would lose in the semifinals to the Chicago Bulls four games to one.

Barkley finished second in the league's MVP voting behind Magic Johnson. Barkley received more first-place votes (38 of the 92 cast) than Johnson (27), but totaled only 614 points compared to Johnson's 636. He was also selected for the 1990 NBA All-Star Game.

1991 NBA All-Star Game

The 1991 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game between players selected from the National Basketball Association's Western Conference and the Eastern Conference that was played on February 10, 1991, at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. This game was the 41st edition of the NBA All-Star Game and was played during the 1990–91 NBA season.

The All-Star Weekend began on Saturday, February 9, 1991, with the Legends Classic, the Three-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk Contest.

This was the first NBA All-Star Game broadcast by NBC after 17 years with CBS.

The All-Star Game returned to Charlotte in 2019, though it was played at the Spectrum Center in Uptown, and broadcast on TNT (the All-Star Game has never been broadcast on ABC or ESPN during the networks' current contract with the league, which began during the 2002-03 season).

1993–94 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1993–94 NBA season was the 6th season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Hornets acquired Hersey Hawkins from the Philadelphia 76ers, and Eddie Johnson from the Seattle SuperSonics. Coming off their first playoff appearance, the Hornets played around .500 for the first half of the season as Johnny Newman was traded to the New Jersey Nets. However, the team would soon struggle as Larry Johnson injured his back, and second-year star Alonzo Mourning was out with a torn calf muscle and sprained ankle. Without their star players, the Hornets lost 16 of 17 games midway through the season. With the return of Johnson and Mourning, they won 18 of their final 26 games, and finished the season fifth in the Central Division with a 41–41 record. However, it was not enough as they narrowly missed out on a second straight playoff appearance.

The Hornets led the NBA in attendance for the fifth time in six seasons. Mourning was selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, but did not play due to being injured. Dell Curry was named Sixth Man of The Year averaging 16.3 points per game off the bench. Following the season, Eddie Johnson left to play in Greece after one season with the Hornets.

1994–95 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the 7th season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Hornets signed unrestricted free agent Robert Parish, who won championships with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s. After falling one game short of the playoffs the previous season, the Hornets enjoyed their first 50-win season as they finished second in the Central Division with a solid 50–32 record, and qualified for their second playoff appearance. Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson were both selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, they faced the 5th-seeded Chicago Bulls, but were eliminated three games to one in the best-of-five series, losing by just one point in an 85–84 loss in Game 4. The Hornets led the NBA in attendance for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Despite the stellar season, Johnson and Mourning had trouble getting along as teammates. Following the season, Mourning was traded to the Miami Heat after three seasons with the franchise, Hersey Hawkins was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, and Kenny Gattison left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

For the season, the Hornets added navy/purple alternate road uniforms which lasted until 1997.

1995–96 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1995–96 NBA season was the 28th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Sonics acquired Hersey Hawkins from the Charlotte Hornets. After two consecutive playoffs appearances losing in the first round, the Sonics played their best basketball posting a 14-game winning streak between February and March. The team won 30 of their 36 games after the All-Star break to finish the regular season with a franchise best 64–18 record, surpassing the record from the 1993–94 season, and earned their third number one seed in the Western Conference in franchise history. Shawn Kemp and Defensive Player of the Year, Gary Payton were both selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.

Led by Kemp and Payton, the SuperSonics defeated the Sacramento Kings three games to one in the first round, advancing to the second round for the first time in three years. In the semifinals, they swept the 5th-seeded and reigning champions Houston Rockets in four straight games to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they defeated the Utah Jazz in seven games to reach their first NBA Finals since 1979, where they would face the Chicago Bulls. After an 0–3 start in the series, Seattle managed to win their next two home games, but eventually lost the series in Game 6 in Chicago. Following the season, Ervin Johnson signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets, and Vincent Askew was traded to the New Jersey Nets.

For the season, the Sonics sported new uniforms, a new logo, and adding red to their color scheme. The logo and uniforms would remain until 2001.

1998–99 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1998–99 NBA season was the 31st season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Sonics signed free agents Billy Owens and Don MacLean while re-signing Olden Polynice. After a four-month lockout wiped out half the season, the Sonics got off to a strong start under new head coach Paul Westphal winning their first six games. However, they soon fell apart losing nine of their next twelves games as Vin Baker played just 34 games due to a knee injury. From there, the Sonics would play around .500 for the remainder of the season finishing fifth in the Pacific Division with a 25–25 record, losing a tie-breaker for the #8 seed in the Western Conference to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and missing the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Following the season, Detlef Schrempf signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers, Hersey Hawkins was traded to the Chicago Bulls, Polynice signed with the Utah Jazz, and Owens and MacLean were both traded along with Dale Ellis to the Orlando Magic.

1999–2000 Chicago Bulls season

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Bulls' 34th season in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls won the Draft Lottery, and selected Elton Brand out of Duke University with the first pick in the 1999 NBA draft. During the offseason, the team acquired Hersey Hawkins from the Seattle SuperSonics, and re-signed free agents B.J. Armstrong and Will Perdue, who both won championships with the team in the early 1990s. However, the Bulls' struggles continued as they lost 26 of their first 28 games. At midseason, Toni Kukoč was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, as the team acquired John Starks from the Golden State Warriors in a three-team trade. However, after just four games, Starks was released.

The Bulls finished last place in the Central Division with a 17–65 record. Brand averaged 20.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per game, and was named Rookie of The Year along with Steve Francis of the Houston Rockets. First round draft pick Ron Artest was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Following the season, Hawkins re-signed as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets, Randy Brown signed with the Boston Celtics, and Armstrong retired while Perdue was released.

2000–01 Charlotte Hornets season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the thirteenth season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Hornets acquired Jamal Mashburn, P.J. Brown and Otis Thorpe from the Miami Heat, and re-signed free agent Hersey Hawkins. With the acquisitions of Mashburn and Brown along with veterans David Wesley and Elden Campbell, plus an increased role for second-year guard Baron Davis, the Hornets finished the season third in the Central Division with a 46–36 record, and qualified for their sixth Playoff appearance. In the playoffs, the players all wore headbands to show team unity as they swept the 3rd-seeded Miami Heat in three straight games in the Eastern Conference First Round. However, they were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks three games to four in the Conference Semifinals after taking a 3–2 series lead. Following the season, Derrick Coleman was traded back to the Philadelphia 76ers, second-year forward Eddie Robinson signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls, and Hawkins and Thorpe both retired.

The Hornets finished twenty-first in the NBA in attendance for the season.

Bradley Braves men's basketball

The Bradley Braves men's basketball team represents Bradley University, located in Peoria, Illinois, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They compete as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Braves are currently coached by Brian Wardle and play their home games at Carver Arena.

Bradley has appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments, including two Final Fours, finishing as the national runner-up in 1950 and 1954. They last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2019, and last reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. The Braves have also appeared in the National Invitation Tournament 21 times with an all-time NIT record of 26–18 and have won four NIT championships (1957, 1960, 1964, and 1982), second only to St. John's in appearances (30) and titles (5). Until the introduction of the Vegas 16 Tournament in 2016, the program held the distinction of being invited to the initial offering of every national postseason tournament.

Corey Hawkins (basketball)

Corey Hawkins (born August 10, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who last played for BK VEF Rīga of the Latvian Basketball League and VTB United League. He played college basketball with the UC Davis Aggies, and was a three-time all-conference selection in the Big West Conference. As a senior in 2014–15, he was named the Big West Player of the Year.

Hawkins is the son of National Basketball Association (NBA) player Hersey Hawkins. In high school in Arizona, he set state scoring records, and was named a Parade All-American as a senior. He began his college career with Arizona State, but transferred after one season to UC Davis. As a member of the Aggies, he twice led the Big West in scoring.

George Westinghouse College Prep

George Westinghouse College Preparatory High School (formerly known as Westinghouse Area Vocational High School) is a public 4–year college preparatory selective enrollment high school located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Operated by the Chicago Public Schools district, Westinghouse is named for American entrepreneur and engineer George Westinghouse. Westinghouse opened as a vocational school in 1960.

James Cotton (basketball)

James Wesley Cotton (born December 14, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who played for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Long Beach State 49ers. He was selected by Seattle in the second round of the 1997 NBA Draft.

Cotton was born in Los Angeles, California, and played basketball at Artesia High School in Lakewood before transferring to St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower. He played college basketball at Long Beach State. Cotton requested he be redshirted at the university.Cotton, a 6' 5" (1.96 m) shooting guard, left Long Beach State early and was selected with the fourth pick of the 2nd round (32nd overall) in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. His rights were then traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in a swap for the draft rights to Bobby Jackson.

He was used sparingly by the Sonics over two seasons until he and Hersey Hawkins were involved in a player trade to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Brent Barry on August 12, 1999. Cotton was waived by the Bulls prior to the commencement of the 1999-2000 NBA season. He also played with the West Sydney Razorbacks in the Australian National Basketball League.

Cotton's younger brother, Schea, also became a pro basketball player.

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