Earl Cureton (born September 3 1957, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American professional Basketball player. His nickname was "The Twirl".
He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 3rd round of the 1979 NBA Draft (58th overall pick) after playing collegiately for the University of Detroit. During his twelve seasons in the National Basketball Association, the 6'9" forward-center played for the Philadelphia 76ers (1980-1983), Detroit Pistons (1983-1986), Chicago Bulls (1986-87), Los Angeles Clippers (1986-88), Charlotte Hornets (1988-89, 1990-91), Houston Rockets (1993-94) and Toronto Raptors (1996-97). Cureton played with two NBA championship teams. He played 674 NBA regular games and 54 playoff games, averaging 5.4 PPG and 4.7RPG in 18.4 minutes per game.