|Draft:||1981 (2nd Round)|
|Drafted By:||Dallas Mavericks|
Jay Vincent (born June 10, 1959 in Kalamazoo, Michigan) was drafted by the Mavericks in the second round of the 1981 NBA draft. He went on to play five seasons in Dallas.
Vincent was drafted 24th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in 1981, where he would spend the first five seasons of his nine-year career.
Because of an injury suffered by Mark Aguirre, Vincent moved into the starting lineup his rookie season and made his impact very quickly. Playing in all 81 games and recording a 21.4 ppg average, he was named to the NBA's All-Rookie team and was third in Rookie-of-the-Year balloting behind Buck Williams and Kelly Tripucka
In his Mavs career, Vincent averaged more than 18 points and six rebounds per game. He once held the team's season record for rebounds per game when he recorded 8.9 boards per game during the 1983-34 season and became the first Maverick ever among the NBA's top 10 rebounders in November of that same season.
Vincent accepted the role of "sixth man" by then head coach Dick Motta, who had been eying that position for Vincent for some time. Vincent once said of his role while with the Mavericks, "I want to be known as one of the best sixth men who ever played the game. I have the talent and the potential to do it."
Vincent was the first player in the history of the Mavericks organization with 5,000 points and 2,000 rebounds and scored a then record 35 points, off the bench, against the Boston Celtics on March 8, 1984. A total later matched by Mark Aguirre.
He was also the first Maverick to win the NBA's Player of the Week.
On September 3, 1986, the Mavericks traded Vincent to Washington for a 1990 first-round draft choice, which was later traded to the Sacramento Kings to acquire Rodney McCray.
Vincent would spend four more seasons in the NBA with the Washington Bullets, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers but would never put up the same numbers as he did while with the Mavericks.
Following the 1990 season, Vincent retired after nine years of NBA service and was one of the first standout players for the Mavericks' franchise. He went on to play in Italy with four different teams over the next three years and was named to the Italian Professional All-Star team while he was there.
Today, Vincent hosts basketball clinics and is involved in semi-pro basketball through Jay Vincent's Pro Basketball Company (www.probasketballcompany.com)
Vincent attended Michigan State following a high school career at Lansing Eastern where he earned All-State and All-America honors. He averaged 16.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot .514 from the field in his four year career with the Spartans. He saw his scoring average double over his four seasons from 11.3 as a freshman to 22.6 as a senior. He won the Big Ten scoring title in his junior and senior seasons and was UPI's Big Ten player of the year for the 1980-81 season. As a sophomore, he teamed with future NBA stars Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser to win the NCAA Championship.
He is still fifth all-time in career scoring for the Spartans. Michigan State honored Vincent by retiring his #31 jersey.