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|Drafted By:||Los Angeles Clippers|
|College:||University of Kansas|
Danny Manning (born May 17, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks, as a free agent, on August 2, 2001.
Manning, the son of former ABA and NBA great Ed Manning, not only attended the University of Kansas but rewrote its basketball record book. He began his collegiate career in 1984-1985 where, with averages of 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds, he was named the Big 8 Conference Newcomer-of-the-Year and second-team All- Big 8 Conference. The next season he helped lead the Jayhawks to the Final Four and was named the Big 8 Conference Player-of-the-Year...the first of three straight seasons he would be voted that honor.
Even with a successful junior season, it was Manning's senior year, '87-'88, when he and the Jayhawks reached their greatest heights. His scoring average rose for the fourth consecutive season as he led Kansas to the NCAA National Championship. In addition the team's success, Manning was awarded his third consecutive Player-of-the-Year award, and also won the Naismith, Wooden and Eastman POY awards. He left as the school's all-time leader in scoring and rebounding and was the Big 8 Conference's all-time leading scorer as well as it's Player-of-the-Decade for the 1980s.
The 6'10 forward was the first overall selection in the 1988 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. His rookie season was full of disappointment as he appeared in only 26 games due to arthroscopic surgery for a torn ACL. The next two seasons Manning had nice season but it was in his fourth season in the league when he took his game to another level. Posting a 19.3 points and 6.9 rebounding average, he appeared in all 82 of the Clippers' games and led their to their first playoff appearance in several years.
The next year, his fifth in the NBA, Manning again took the Clippers to the playoffs as he enjoyed his first All-Star season with a 22.8 points-per-game average. The following season began with the same success for Manning, including another All-Star game appearance, but was interrupted with the Clippers traded him to the Atlanta for Dominique Wilkins.
With the Suns, Manning embarked on a new phase of his career. While lingering knee problems limited his actions, he became one of the best the best part-time players in the league, even winning the league's Sixth Man of the Year award and leading the Suns to the playoffs in three of his five seasons there. He left Phoenix, playing for Milwaukee and Utah over the next two years. With Utah, he managed to play in all 82 of the team's games while averaging 7.4 points. Having apparently regained his health, he signed a free agent contract with Dallas for the 2001-2002 season.
With the Mavericks, Manning played in 41 games while averaging 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in just over 13 minutes of action. Dallas renounced his rights after the season and he played one final season with Detroit appearing in just 13 games with a 2.6 ppg average.
Manning was honored by his alma mater in 2002 when his jersey was retired and he was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. Today, Manning has returned to Kansas as an assistant basketball coach.