Otis Henry Thorpe (born August 5 1962 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is an American former professional Basketball player in the NBA.
A graduate of Lake Worth Community High School, Thorpe was drafted by the Kansas City Kings as the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1984 NBA Draft and played seventeen seasons in the NBA, seven and a half of which were played with the Houston Rockets. While with the Rockets, Thorpe made his only All-Star appearance in 1992.
In 1994,Thorpe was an integral part of the Houston Rockets' first NBA Championship. He also holds the Rockets' all-time record for the highest field goal accuracy (55.9%).
Halfway through the next season, the Rockets realized that they were struggling and needed a change. The team sent Thorpe to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal for Clyde Drexler. He would only play 34 games for the Blazers before moving on to occupy the starting front court for the Detroit Pistons with Grant Hill (basketball) for the next two years.
Before the start of the 1997-98 season, the Pistons dealt Thorpe to the Vancouver Grizzlies for a future first-round draft pick. This deal came back to devastate the franchise during the 2003 NBA Draft Lottery when they would have received the second pick and had their choice of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but were forced to hand the pick over to the Pistons because they had yet to honor the trade.
Thorpe would play 47 games with the Grizzlies before returning to the Kings. In the offseason, he was traded (along with Mitch Richmond) to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber. He would finish his last two seasons with the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets. When Thorpe finished his last game in 2001, he was the last remaining member of the Kansas City Kings to retire.
Thorpe holds career averages of 14.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He retired from the Charlotte Hornets in 2001, finishing his career with over 17,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.
In NBA History Edit
As of the end of the 2006-07 NBA season, Thorpe is ranked among the top 100 in NBA history in the following categories:
- 18th in games played (1257)
- 20th in minutes played (39822)
- 58th in field goals (6872)
- 14th in field goal percentage (.546)
- 13th in offensive rebounds (3446)
- 20th in defensive rebounds (6924)
- 31st in total rebounds (10370)
- 25th in turnovers (2774)
- 10th in personal fouls (4146)
- 61st in points (17600)
- 35th in true shooting percentage (.584)