Dominique Wilkins Nickname The Human Highlight Reel
February 23, 2012 by staff
Dominique Wilkins Nickname The Human Highlight Reel, Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname “The Human Highlight Film.” In 2006, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Wilkins was born in Paris, France because his father was stationed there while in the U.S. Air Force. Wilkins’ family then moved to Washington, North Carolina, where he attended Washington High School. He was the back-to-back MVP for the team’s consecutive Class 3-A State Championships (1978-1979).
Wilkins then starred in the McDonald’s Game, The Capital Classic, The Kentucky Derby Festival Classic, and The Dapper Dan Classic All-Star Games. He had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the McDonald’s, 26 points in the Capital, and 22 points in the Derby Classic. He entered the University of Georgia in 1979 with an established reputation as an exciting player. Wilkins averaged 21.6 points a game over his career and was named SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1981. He left college after his junior year and was selected third overall (behind James Worthy and Terry Cummings) by the Utah Jazz in the 1982 NBA Draft.
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