Richard Washington

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"Richard Washington"
Position: Forward-Center
Height: 6'11"
Weight: 220
Nationality: American
Born: 7/15/1955
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Draft: 1976 (3nd Pick)
Drafted By: Kansas City Kings
College: University of California, Los Angeles
NBA Career: 1976-1982
Mavs Tenure: 1981

Richard Washington (born July, 15, 1955 in Portland, Oregon) was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the expansion draft, from the Milwaukee Bucks, prior to the team's inaugural season in 1980-1981.

Washington attended UCLA, where he helped lead the Bruins to the National Championship in 1975 and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player in what proved to be legendary coach John Wooden's last game.

In the victory over Kentucky, Washington scored 28 points and had 12 rebounds to lead UCLA. He was joined by future Maverick Ralph Drollinger who had 10 points and 13 boards.

In the 1975-1976 season, he was named to several All-America teams including those of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

UCLA lost only 12 games during Washington's three seasons at the school and he elected to make himself available for the NBA draft following his junior season.

Taken in the first round of the 1976 NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings, Washington played in all 82 games as a rookie. He was traded after his third year with Kansas City, to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ernie Grunfeld.

After playing only one season in Milwaukee, where he averaged 5.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 75 games, the Bucks made him available in the 1980 NBA expansion draft used to stock the newly formed Dallas Mavericks.

The 6'11 forward averaged 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in eleven games with the Mavs. His highlight with Dallas came on October 22, 1980 as the Mavericks recorded their first-ever road victory over the Seattle Supersonics. Washington came off the bench to score 24 points, including 12 in the third quarter, in Dallas' 107-102 victory.

In one of the club's three now-famous trades with the Cleveland Cavaliers that first year, Washington and forward Jerome Whitehead were sent to the Cavs for forward Bill Robinzine, Atlanta's 1983 first round selection (which belonged to Cleveland) and the Cavaliers own 1986 first round draft pick.

Washington played the remainder of that season and one additional year with Cleveland before retiring. For his NBA career, he averaged 9.8 ppg along with 6.3 ppg.

Today Richard Washington lives in the Portland area.