David Thompson | Top 10 Plays of MJ’s Favorite Player
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Even though DR J gets most of the credit as the high-flying former ABA player that came before Michael Jordan and even though Michael Jordan ended up at North Carolina, it was this former ABA high-flyer from North Carolina State that inspired Michael Jordan the most. That’s the reason why David “Skywalker” Thompson was personally asked by The GOAT to introduce him at his Hall of Fame induction.
It’s unfortunate that Skywalker — who was rumored to be able to take a quarter off the top of a backboard and leave two dimes and a nickel — wasn’t allowed to dunk in college and we don’t have as much footage of Thompson and his reported 48-inch vert as we do every middle school player in the nation with a 30-inch vert nowadays. But, the NBA still had enough footage to put together a “Top 10” list. So enjoy what we can of one of the all-time greats that had the potential to be the greatest. Unfortunately, alcohol, drugs and an off-the-court injury shortened his still worthy-of-praise career.
Also worth mentioning is how the Atlanta Hawks almost ended up with him. In 1974, they traded Pete Maravich for a few picks. One of those picks turned out to be the #1 pick in the 1975 draft. They used that pick on Thompson and the #3 pick on Marvin Webster. They were also unable to sign either and ended up losing both to the Denver Nuggets in the ABA.