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|Birthplace:||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Draft:||1990 - 1st round|
|Drafted By:||Los Angeles Clippers|
Loy Vaught (born February 27, 1968 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was acquired by the Dallas Mavericks, in a trade with the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Dana Barros and Ansu Sesay on October 16, 2000.
Vaught attended the University of Michigan where, after a redshirt season, saw his scoring and rebound averages rise each year he was in school. From his freshman year when he had a 4.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg average to his senior campaign when he posted a 15.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg average. He helped lead the Wolverines to the 1989 NCAA Championship and still ranks third all-time on the University of Michigan's rebounding list, 13th all-time in field goals made and is in the top 25 all-time in scoring. Today the Wolverines award the Loy Vaught Rebounding Award each season to the player with the most total rebounds for the season.
The Los Angeles Clippers selected Vaught in the first round of the 1990 NBA draft. He spent eight seasons with L.A. and wrote his name throughout the Clippers record book. The pattern of yearly improvement that he had set at Michigan continued in the pros as his scoring average increased in each of his first five seasons. He also became a force on the boards where his rebounding average worked it's way up to double figures in successive seasons.
Although the Clippers didn't have as much success as other franchises, Vaught did help lead them to the playoffs three times over his eight seasons. The 1997-1998 season (his last in Los Angeles) was cut short for the 6'9 forward due to surgery for a degenerative disk in his back.
The next season Vaught signed as a free agent with Detroit. He only appeared in 37 games his first season and 43 his final year with the Pistons but still helped lead the team to the playoffs both years. Prior to the beginning of the '00-'01 campaign, Vaught was traded to the Mavericks in exchange for Ansu Sesay and Dana Barros.
Vaught served as a veteran voice in a young Dallas locker room and was one of the first to realize, and talk about, the greatness that was ahead for a young Dirk Nowitzki. Enjoying his time with the Mavs, he appeared in 37 games averaging 3.1 ppg and 3.3 rpg in just over ten minutes per contest. His mentoring attitude notwithstanding, on or off the court, Vaught was traded along with Christian Laettner, Courtney Alexander, Hubert Davis, Eton Thomas and cash to the Washington Wizards for Juwan Howard, Calvin Booth and Obinna Ekezie on February 22, 2001.
He completed the season with Washington appearing in 14 games before the end of the season and averaging 3.9 points. The Wizards bought out his contract after the season ended which marked the end of Loy Vaught's professional career due to his back that continued to bother him.