Minor Hoop Game, Major Kick Game (#MHGMKG) is a continuing feature that takes a look back at some of the NBA’s most unorthodox superstars: those who brought a solid kick game to bolster their lack of superstardom. In this installment we take a look at Tom Chambers.
The Kick-Off: I think it’s easy to say that in the 15 year NBA career of Tom Chambers, he is known for 2 things: Winning the 1987 NBA All Star Game MVP in front of the home crowd in Seattle, and this…
Tom Chambers came into his own at the University of Utah after a slow Freshman season. His final 3 seasons in Salt Lake City, he averaged 16, 17 and 18 points per game as a center, yet his athletic play lent himself best to the NBA as a small forward.
The then San Diego Clippers chose him 8th overall in the 1981 NBA Draft where he averaged a team high 17 points per game. In 1983 however San Diego sent him to Seattle where he would enjoy his first taste of real success. Chambers spent 5 years in Seattle, again, winning the 1987 NBA All Star Game MVP award.
In 1988, Chambers was a free agent and signed a deal to join Phoenix where he put up his best offensive numbers including a career best 27 points per game in 89-90. The Suns continued to build around the nucleus in Phoenix gradually adding players which got them to the NBA Finals in 1993, however significantly decreased Chambers’ playing time and importance in the offense.
After the 1993 season, and with a goal in sight, Chambers took to his 4th Western Conference squad and joined the Utah Jazz, where he spent 2 seasons. His quiet offensive output got him to 20,000 points in his NBA career.
But that dunk though…
Let’s look at the best of Tom Chambers throughout his career.
San Diego Clippers
Chambers taste in shoes over his career was easily a sleek, lightweight and guard oriented low cut shoe. Something which was completely foreign at the time for a player of his size. Incredibly he kept going back to the brick of a Delta Force ST, a shoe which was years old almost every time he wore them. In fact, nearly all of Chambers’ shoes were years old when he wore them. Guess he just was the last one to the equipment room…
I guess you could refer to Chambers as the NBA’s quiet superstar as he is currently the only player eligible for the Hall of Fame with over 20,000 who has yet to be inducted.