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Wilkins left the University of Georgia after his junior year, where he was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1982 NBA Draft. Reluctant to play with the Jazz, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks several months after the draft. From 1983-84 to 1993-94, Wilkins never averaged less than 20 points per game and captured a scoring title in 1985-86 with an average of 30.3 points per game.
Wilkins, in addition to his eleven seasons with the Hawks, had short stints with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics, Fortitudo Bologna (a professional team in Italy), Panathinaikos Athens (a professional team in Greece), the San Antonio Spurs and the Orlando Magic before he retired in 1999. Wilkins, a nine-time NBA All-Star and the winner of two Slam Dunk contests, had 26,668 points and 7,169 rebounds in his NBA career.
He was also known under his nickname "The Human Highlight Film" for his highlight reel dunks which helped him to win 2 slam dunk titles. His duels with the young Michael Jordan are considered the best slam dunk contests in NBA history.
His younger brother Gerald Wilkins had a decent NBA career as well.
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