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Hubert Davis (born May 17, 1970 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on September 4, 1997.
Davis, a nephew of University of North Carolina and NBA great Walter Davis, received a letter from Tar Heels coach Dean Smith at age three announcing that UNC was commencing recruitment of the young man. Little did Coach Smith know that fifteen years later, it would become reality as the 6'5 guard became one of the all-time great Tar Heels Players.
Over four years in Chapel Hill, he saw his scoring average climb each season. From 3.3 points per game as a freshman to 21.4 his senior season, Davis' minutes increased along with his points and he became a dominant force in UNC backcourt.
Drafted in the first round of the 1992 NBA drafted by the New York Knicks, Davis appeared in 50 games his rookie season averaging 5.4 ppg. He doubled that the next year with 11.0 ppg and by his third season in the league appeared in all 82 of New York's games and finished the season ranked fourth in the NBA in 3-PT field goal percentage.
Playing his fourth and final season with the Knicks, Davis upped his ranking to third in 3-PT field goal percentage.
Davis moved to Toronto for one season in 1996-1997 and signed a free agent contact with Dallas the following year.
His first season with the Mavericks saw Davis post a career-high 11.1 ppg while playing in 81 games. He led the team in free throw percentage that season at .836. He also represented the Mavs at NBA's All-Star weekend by finishing second in the AT&T Shootout.
Injuries limited Davis to only 50 games during the 98-99 campaign but the next season he returned to play 79 games, average 7.4 ppg and lead the NBA in 3-PT field goal percentage at .491.
He began the 2000-2001 season with Dallas and appeared in 51 games before being traded, along with Christian Laettner, Loy Vaught, Courtney Alexander, Eton Thomas and cash to the Washington Wizards on February 22, 2001, in exchange for Juwan Howard, Calvin Booth and Obinna Ekezie. He left the Mavericks as their all-time leader in career 3-PT field goal percentage at .454.
Davis played in 66 games for the Wizards before moving to Detroit in 2002-2003. He saw limited action with the Pistons and finished his career appearing in 14 games for the New Jersey Nets the following season.
Although known for his strong defense and as one of the NBA's All-Time great 3-PT shooters, Davis may be best remembered for his participation in what may go down as the NBA's most notorious whistle of all time. On May 18, 1984, the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls were tied 2-2 in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bulls led by one with 2.1 seconds left when Davis took a game-ending shot which bounced off the right side of the rim. Game over?...not quite! Veteran official Hue Hollins called a foul against the Bulls' Scottie Pippin who was defending Davis which sent him to the line for two shots. Davis made both shots, the Knicks won, captured game seven of the series and advanced to the NBA Finals before losing to the Houston Rockets. That foul on Pippen still ranks as one of the most famously questionable calls in league history.
Today, Davis works as a studio analyst for ESPN and does motivational speaking.