Today in Sports History: April 20

In 1999, Washington Wizards power forward Otis Thorpe became the 16th player in NBA history to compile 15,000 career points and 10,000 career rebounds during the Wizards’ 83-77 loss at Chicago. The 9th pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, Thorpe led a phenomenal 17 season NBA career in which he played for 8 different teams. In 1,257 regular season games, Thorpe averaged an impressive 14 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. A consistently reliable big man, Thorpe played in 542 consecutive games between 1986-1992. At one point, he held the longest streak of consecutive games played in the NBA. In 1994, Thorpe helped the Houston Rockets win their first NBA championship in franchise history. Faced off against the New York Knicks in the 1994 NBA Finals, Thorpe’s consistent scoring and rebounding efforts were an integral edge in the Rockets 4-3 victory. Thorpe averaged 9.3 points and led the series in rebounds with 11.3rpg. Thorpe made the First-team All Big East in 1984 and was an NBA All-Star in 1992.

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