Backboard-Shattering NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins Dies At 58
Former NBA player Darryl Dawkins, known for naming his backboard-shattering dunks, has died at 58 years old.By Christian Bryant | August 27, 2015
The NBA legend known as "Chocolate Thunder" died Wednesday. Former Philadelphia 76ers big man Darryl Dawkins was 58 years old.
Dawkins was known for many things throughout his playing career, starting with his introduction into professional basketball: In 1975, he became the first player drafted straight out of high school.
His star power grew when he became the first player to shatter a backboard with a dunk, which makes Dawkins part of the reason why the NBA implemented breakaway rims in the '80s. (Video via ESPN / "Sports Science")