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Bill Curley (born May 29, 1972 in Boston, Massachusetts) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks, from Golden State, as part of a four-team trade on August 16, 2000.
Curley, a McDonalds All-American as a senior, led Duxbury High School to the Massachusetts State Championship in 1990. Despite being recruited by North Carolina, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Villanova and Duke, the 6'9 forward chose to stay in his home state and help rebuild the Boston College program under coach Jim O'Brien.
His impact was immediate as he was named the Big East's Rookie of the Year while averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds as a rookie. His numbers grew as Boston College became a better and more respected program. Curley was selected all-Big East First Team as both as junior and senior and led B.C. to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament his senior year while averaging 20.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.
Drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs, within weeks he was traded, along with a second-round draft pick to Detroit for Sean Elliott. He played in 53 games a rookie with the Pistons averaging 2.7 points per game. Curley missed the next two seasons entirely with surgeries on his knees and ankles brought on by a bad back.
He returned with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the '97-'98 campaign where he missed the first 71 games with a right thigh stress reaction but did appear in the final 11 games averaging 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. The following season he managed to appear in 35 games for the Wolves with a 2.2 ppg average.
He split the 1999-2000 season between Houston (4 games) and Golden State (24 games). The next season, which would be Curley's final professional year, began with the Mavericks where he saw action in 4 games scoring a total of three points (1-4 FG, 1-4 FT) after being included in part of a four-team trade that had him coming to Dallas.
After being waived by the Mavs on November 28, 2000, Curley returned to Golden State and played a final 15 games before retiring.
Curley was inducted in the Boston College Hall of Fame in 2006 and today runs a series of very successful summer basketball camps in his home state of Massachusetts.