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Sedale Threatt

Player History

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Sedale Threatt was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the sixth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He is the only player from West Virginia Tech to have ever played in the NBA. During the 1986 NBA playoffs, Sedale played a key role for the 76ers, averaging then career-highs of 13.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. During the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the Bucks, Threatt had the most points with 28 in game seven. but Philadelphia lost by one point, 113-112. In total, Threatt played for four seasons with the 76ers and was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1986. In 1988, Sedale was traded to the Seattle Supersonics for Sam Vincent. Threatt played for Seattle for four seasons until being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on October 2, 1991.

Sedale was expected to play a backup role to Earvin “Magic” Johnson. However, after Johnson’s sudden retirement for medical reasons, Threatt became the starting point guard. Threatt’s ability to steal the ball earned him the nickname “The Thief” from Lakers commentators Chick Hearn and Stu Lantz. Sedale led the Lakers in assists, steals and minutes played each in his first two seasons. In 1992-93, he became the second player in Lakers franchise history (after Johnson) to lead the Lakers in scoring (15.1), assists (6.9), and steals (1.7).

Threatt scored a career high 42 points against the New York Knicks on March 10, 1992. Sedale scored a career playoff high 35 points in Game 1 of the 1993 Western Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Suns. He retired from the NBA after the 1996-97 season and went on to play basketball with the Gymnastikos S. Larissas (Greece) before retiring in 2002.

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