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December 5th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Larry Nance Slams Wake Forest In 1980

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is from the 1980 basketball season and shows Larry Nance soaring through the air against Wake Forest. Notice the students on the floor at the game. I also like this picture because of the huge pom poms the cheerleaders have and that they also stood on the sidelines.

Nance scored 15,687 career points in the NBA and grabbed 7,352 career rebounds, but he is perhaps best known as the first winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1984, earning him the nickname "The High-Ayatolla of Slamola".

Nance was a model of consistency throughout his NBA career. He averaged over 16 points and 8 rebounds per game for all eleven seasons as a starter. His best scoring average year was in the 1986–1987 NBA season, where he averaged 22.5 points per game. Always among the highest in field goal percentage, Nance was an excellent mid-range shooter as well as a talented inside player.

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