Darryl Dawkins, the player best known as "Chocolate Thunder," has passed away at the age of 58. In 1975, Dawkins made history as the first player to be go from high school straight to the pros, drafted by the Philadelphia 76'ers. He would play for them, the Utah Jazz and even the Harlem Globetrotters over his career. While he was a good player, Dawkins is remembered best for his fantastic dunks that quite often shattered backboards, forcing the NBA to adopt the "breakaway" hoops used today. A showman through and through, watching Dawkins hit the boards was a highlight for NBA fans long before ESPN came around and made him a star.
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