Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 11:49 am  |  15 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Otis Thorpe

Ultimate Friar

Otis Thorpe was drafted 9th overall by the Kansas City Kings in 1984 (became the Sacramento Kings in ’85). Over 17 NBA seasons Thorpe averaged 14 pts, 8 boards, and 2 assists. He was an All-Star in 1992 and was an integral part of the Rockets’ Championship run in ’94. He played for 8 different teams and finished his career with over 17,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. Shout out to MISEK for the mix.


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    ‘…integral part of Rockets’ championship run in ’95′ – he was traded in 1995 for Clyde Drexler. He was integral in 1994, though!

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Al Horford Sr.
    And one of the most underrated power forwards of all times…

  • http://twitter.com/smk73 smk73

    Nice clips. I wish it had more of his signature move though: waving the ball around one-handed after a rebound. Loved that.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The original one hand bandit and I used to kill with him in the old NBA games. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.imdb.com TheBigL

    Strictly-one-hand-dunking-muthaf***a. I’m feelin’ it.

  • dma

    him and olajuwon were a great pair on nba jam. i remember them both being able to shoot pretty well for big men on that game. oh and go blazers!


    One of the most underrated defenders of his time. One of the top bruisers of his era.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    ah yes Otis Thorpe. I love true power forwards.

  • JL

    the game was more fun to watch when defenders weren’t always trying to draw charges. and… if you’re going to shout out to someone, you should spell their name right.. it’s MISIEK, not MISEK.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Always liked Otis’ style (Oakley vs Thorpe NBA Finals? Oh yes.) but I had no idea his numbers were that good.

  • dannyb

    He was a nice player but I always remember him as the guy that was traded for Clyde the Glide. At the time I thought it was an insult for Clyde (my favorite player) – “You mean the Blazers are paying him so little that they have to throw in Tracey Murray to make this trade work???”

  • barnabusb

    Otis Thorpe dunks look exactly like Otis Thorpe dunks. Nobody has that weird one-handed style like he did.

  • larrylegend

    OT had bigger hands than MJ!

  • OneStep

    Damn he could palm a ball like it was a tennis ball. I doubt anyone could’ve slapped the ball away once he’d palmed it. Hands like suction-cups.

  • giogolo

    DHoward should take notes.