Robert Pack

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Robert Pack
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"Pac Man"
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Nationality: American
Born: 2/3/1969
Birthplace: New Orleans, La.
Draft: undrafted
Drafted By: undrafted
College: USC
NBA Career: 1991-2004
Mavs Tenure: 1996-2000

Robert Pack (born February 3, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on February 17, 1997, along with Shawn Bradley, Ed O'Bannon and Khalid Reeves from the New Jersey Nets, in exchange for Sam Cassell, Jim Jackson, Eric Montross, George McCloud and Chris Gatling.

Pack, still the all-time leading scorer at Lawless High School in New Orleans, played his first two seasons of college basketball in Texas at Tyler Junior College before transferring to the University of Southern California.

At USC, the 6'2 guard made an immediate impact and was awarded the school's "Ernie Holbrook Award" given to the most inspirational player. The next season, Pack was named team captain and helped lead the Trojans to the NCAA tournament. Today, he still ranks sixth all-time in assists and is tied for 20th all-time in scoring average.

Undrafted in the 1991 NBA draft, Pack was signed as a free agent by the Portland Trail Blazers. He played his rookie season behind established NBA stars such as Terry Porter and Danny Ainge but still contributed 4.6 ppg over 72 games as the Blazers won the Western Conference Championship that season.

During the offseason, he was dealt to the Denver Nuggets where he played for three seasons before spending a single season with the Washington Bullets posting the highest scoring average of his career with 18.1 ppg over 31 games. Prior to the 1996-1997 campaign, Pack signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets. He appeared in 34 games for the Nets, averaging 15,9ppg, before being included in a nine-player deal that brought him to Dallas.

Pack saw action in 20 games for the Mavs, averaging 11.5 ppg, but his combined assist numbers in New Jersey and Dallas was enough to allow him to finish in the top ten that season in assists per game with 8.4. During the next three seasons with the Mavericks, Pack was besieged by numerous injuries, including a hamstring, ankle tendon, back, groin and oral surgery, that limited him to just 12, 25 and 29 games respectively over those three years. Following the 1999-2000 season, Pack was sent to the Boston Celtics has part of the NBA's first four-team trade.

He never suited up for the Celtics however, being dealt just two months later back to Denver where he enjoyed what would be his last full season in the league, backing up Nick Van Exel and appearing in 74 games.

Pack jumped around over the next three seasons having stints in Minnesota, New Orleans and again in New Jersey. He played one additional season in Lithuania before ending his career.

The New Orleans native was heavily involved in his city's post-Katrina clean up and in August of 2009 was signed as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets.