Remembering Kevin Duckworth (1964-2008)
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When people talk about the best 2nd round picks ever, the late Kevin Duckworth rarely gets mentioned but his name should be one of the first mentioned in the conversation.
Despite a rough start to a 11-year NBA career, Duckworth eventually became a major part of the late 80s/early 90s Blazers team and won the 1988 Most Improved Player Award after averaging 16 & 7. He followed that season up with the first of two All-Star seasons.
On August 25th of 2008, at the age of 44, Duckworth passed away from a heart attack. After his death in Oregon, the Blazers honored him by establishing a memorial scholarship in his name.