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Larry Nance

2019 Inductee


Larry Nance

  • Larry Nance

Birthdate: February 12, 1952
Birthplace: Anderson, SC
High School: McDuffie HS (Anderson, SC)
College: Clemson University (1981)
Year Inducted: 2019

Larry Nance scored 15,687 points in the National Basketball Association, but he may be best remembered as the winner of the NBA's first slam-dunk contest in 1984 when he earned the nickname “The High-Ayatolla of Slamola.”

A first round draft choice of the Phoenix Suns in 1981 after a collegiate career at Clemson University, the 6-foot-10 Nance was traded to Cleveland on Feb. 25, 1988. To get him and Mike Sanders, the Cavaliers gave up Kevin Johnson, Mark West and Tyrone Corbin.

Nance proved to be the missing piece Cleveland needed to contend in the NBA East. He was the frontcourt partner of Cavaliers center Brad Daugherty until injuries forced Daugherty to retire.

Known for his shot blocking, Nance held the NBA record for most blocked shots by any player other than a center. He was with Cleveland through the 1994 season and had his number (22) retired by the Cavs.