David Thompson 1982
College and pro star. Widely considered best player in ACC history. Spectacular leaper. Led N.C. State to 79-7 record, 1973–1975, and 1974 NCAA title. Final Four Most Outstanding Player, 1974. ACC Player of the Year, 1973–1975. First-team all-ACC, 1973–1975. First-team AP and UPI all-American, 1973–1975. AP National Player of the Year, 1974, 1975. Led ACC in scoring, 1973–1975. Scored 2,309 points at State, averaging 26.8 per game. Most Valuable Player, 1973 World University Games. Seven seasons with Denver, two with Seattle. ABA Rookie of the Year, 1976. MVP, 1976 ABA All-Star Game. Played in four NBA all-star games. MVP, 1979. First-team all-NBA, 1977, 1978. Second in NBA scoring, 1978, at 27.2 points per game. Scored 13,422 points in pros, average of 22.6 per game. Scored 73 points against Detroit, 1978, total surpassed only by Wilt Chamberlain. Member Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.