Pat Cummings (born July 11, 1956 in Johnstown Pennsylvania) was obtained by the Mavericks from the Milwaukee Bucks in 1982 in return for their second round selection in the '82 NBA draft. Cummings played two seasons for Dallas.
Cummings attended the University of Cincinnati, where he helped lead the Bearcats to two Metro Conference tournament victories and two NCAA tournament appearances.
He sat out his junior season at Cincy because of a broken leg. Despite the mishap, the Milwaukee Bucks were allowed to draft Cummings under the old junior eligible rule (his class had graduated), but he chose to remain for his senior season. He was named All-Metro Conference and received recognition as an All-American his senior year. He also won team MVP honors his final two seasons.
Today, Cummings still ranks fifth all-time in points scored and second all-time in field goal percentage at Cincinnati. He was named to the U.C. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.
After joining Milwaukee, Cummings saw little game action serving as a bench player behind Bob Lanier, Alton Lister and Harvey Catchings on the front line. After three seasons with the Bucks, he was traded to Dallas
With the Mavericks, Cummings became the starting center for an inexperienced Mavs team. In the 1982-1983 season he became the first Maverick ever to post a 20-rebound game. He joined Jim Spanarkel as the only two Mavericks players with playoff experience in the 1983-1984 season. As a Mav, he saw his playing time increase dramatically and was a consistent scorer averaging around 13 points per game for Dallas during their first experience with postseason play.
On July 12, 1984, the New York Knicks signed Cummings as a free agent -- the Mavs would receive the Knicks' 1985 third-round draft choice and 1986 second-round draft choice in exchange for not exercising the right of first refusal.
Cummings enjoyed a career year in his first season wearing a Knickerbocker jersey. He began the 1985-1986 campaign posting career numbers (15.7 ppg and 9.0 rpg) over 31 games before being sidelined and facing surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle. Cummings returned for two more seasons in New York but was never again the same force.
His career ended with two seasons in Miami backing up Rony Seikaly and a short four-game stint with the Utah Jazz in 1990-1991 before he retired.
Sadly, Pat Cummings passed away in his New York apartment on June 26, 2012.