Clyde Drexler Biography
Clyde Drexler BORN Clyde Austin Drexler is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed “Clyde the Glide”, he was a ten-time All-Star during his career and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He currently serves as a color commentator for Houston Rockets home games.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Drexler lived in the South Park area in Houston, Texas, and attended Ross Sterling High School. After graduating in 1980, he was recruited by New Mexico State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Houston, the latter after childhood friend Michael Young told an assistant to head coach Guy V. Lewis that Drexler was the best player he had faced in high school; Houston was able to recruit them both due to Drexler’s friendship with Young and his desire to stay home.
Clyde Drexler Career
In the 1983 NBA draft Drexler was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 14th overall pick. He averaged 7.7 points in 17.2 minutes per game in his rookie season. His second season was his breakout season, in which he averaged 17.2 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. In his third season, Drexler made his first All-Star team while averaging 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2.6 steals.
In the 1989–1990 season, Drexler led the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals, averaging 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, but his team lost to the Detroit Pistons in five games. In the 1990–1991 season Drexler led Portland to a franchise-best 63–19 record. Heavily favored to win the West, the Los Angeles Lakers upset the Trail Blazers by winning the Western Conference Finals.
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Clyde Drexler Houston Rockets
On February 14, 1995, with the Blazers out of serious contention for a championship, Portland honored Drexler’s request to be traded to a contender and sent the Blazer great back home to the Houston Rockets, along with Tracy Murray in exchange for Otis Thorpe, the draft rights of Marcelo Nicola, and a 1995 first round draft pick in mid-season, right before the trade deadline. Despite finishing the regular season with a record of 47–35, which placed the Rockets 6th out of 8 playoff teams in the Western Conference, Drexler and long-time friend Hakeem Olajuwon helped propel them to an improbable second consecutive championship in 1995, sweeping the Orlando Magic. In his third and final NBA Finals appearance, Drexler averaged 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.
During the 1995 NBA Playoffs, Drexler was ejected during a game between the Rockets and the Phoenix Suns by referee Jake O’Donnell, which allegedly stemmed from a personal feud between the two at the time. This would turn out to be the last NBA game O’Donnell would referee, as he was not assigned any further games in the playoffs that year, and eventually retired a few months later.
Clyde Drexler College
Drexler and Young, along with Larry Micheaux and new recruit Hakeem Olajuwon (known then as Akeem Olajuwon), comprised the “Phi Slama Jama” basketball fraternity that gained national attention for its acrobatic, above-the-rim play. New players were “initiated” into the fraternity by having to stand underneath the basket as Drexler drove in from halfcourt and threw down a tomahawk slam over them. Houston made the first of Drexler’s two straight Final Four appearances in 1982, where they lost to eventual champions, North Carolina. He averaged 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds (second in the Southwest Conference) per game as a small forward as Houston finished 25–8.
Drexler declared for the NBA draft as a junior, leaving Houston with career averages of 14.4 points, 3.3 assists and 9.9 rebounds in three seasons. In addition to being named the Southwestern Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All American his final season, he remains the only player in school history with combined totals of at least 1,000 career points, 900 rebounds, and 300 assists, in addition to being Houston’s all-time steals leader with 268.
Clyde Drexler Age
Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed “Clyde the Glide”, he was a ten-time All-Star during his career and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He is 56 years of age as of 2018.
Clyde Drexler Height
Drexler stands at a Height of 6′ 7″.
Clyde Drexler Wife
Drexler married his wife, Gaynell, on December 30, 1988. They divorced in 2011. He has four children: Erica, Austin, Elise, and Adam (the last three with Gaynell). In 2014 Drexler married his second wife, Tonya, whom he had met through fellow NBA star Dominique Wilkins. Drexler has owned homes in the River Oaks–Memorial neighborhood of Houston and in the Dunthorpe neighborhood of Portland.
Clyde Drexler Networth
The Retired professional basketball swingman who has a net worth of $25 million. Clyde Austin Drexler (aka The Glide) was born June 22, 1962, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Clyde Drexler Hall Of Fame
One of the most graceful athletes ever to step onto a basketball court, Clyde “The Glide” Drexler earned his nickname for his seemingly effortless glides to the basket. Drexler’s explosive first step helped him blow by defenders for his patented flights to the front of the rim. His jumping ability and quick feet were complemented by his perimeter game, making Drexler one of the most difficult players of his era to guard. In 12 seasons with Portland, Drexler was an eight-time All-Star and led the Trailblazers to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992.
After being traded to Houston in 1995, Drexler was reunited with college teammate Hakeem Olajuwon, and helped lead the Rockets to the franchise’s second NBA championship. At the University of Houston, Drexler played a starring role on the famed “Phi Slamma Jamma” team that made two consecutive appearances in the NCAA’s Final Four.
Clyde Drexler Rookie Card
NEW LISTING1986-87 FLEER #26 ~ Clyde Drexler RC ROOKIE CARD HOFer ~ PSA Graded NM 7
Ending May 19 at 7:15PM PDT9d 20hProduct: SingleGrade: 7Year: 1986