|Birthplace:||Los Angeles, CA|
Darrell Allums (born September 2, 1958) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the fifth round of the 1980 NBA draft.
Allums attended UCLA and was awarded the Irv Pohlemeyer Award as UCLA's Outstanding First Year Varsity Player in 1977. In his senior season, he averaged 4.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg as he and teammates Kiki Vandeweghe and Rod Foster led the team to a 22-10 record. The Bruins appeared in the NCAA tournament in all four of Allums' years at the school with their most successful season being the 1979-1980 season when UCLA made it to the Final Four championship game before losing to Denny Crum's Louisville squad.
The 6'9 forward was often asked to play the role of enforcer for UCLA and was thought of as a defensive specialist.
The Mavs drafted Allums in the fifth round in 1980 but his NBA career lasted only 22 games. During this time he averaged 2.7 ppg and 3.0 rpg.
Allums' biggest night as a Maverick came on October 31, 2008 when he had 11 points and 8 rebounds in 31 minutes against the Utah Jazz. However, his most notable accomplishment that night may have been joining teammates Jim Spanarkle, Tom LaGarde and Winford Boynes as all four players fouled out...a recored which still stands in Dallas Mavericks history.
Regarded as being highly physical underneath with fine upper body strength, the Mavericks gave up on him as his offensive skills never developed the way they had hoped. He was waived by the club on December 1, 1980.
Allums went on to play professionally in the Philippines in 1981. He then moved on to Switzerkand where he played for Pully for 18 months before tearing the ligaments in his right knew which ended his career.
He returned home and took a job in the mail room of a Los Angeles appliance manufacturer.
According to a Los Angeles Times article dated April 3, 1989, Allums was arrested in 1986 for robbing a Target store in the area. He pled guilty and spent 53 days in the county jail.
The article went on to say that Allums battled an ongoing cocaine addiction and was arrested again in 1989 for robbing eight Domino Pizza delivery drivers during a crime spree in 1987. Despite pleading innocent, he was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison.