Clyde Austin Drexler, popularly known as Clyde Drexler, is a basketball player who happens to be the Big 3 3-on-3 basketball league’s commissioner. He played 15 seasons in the NBA throughout his basketball career, he spent most of it with the Portland Trailblazers, and he ended it with the Houston Rockets. Drexler was a ten-time NBA All-Star plater and hailed as one of the 50 most outstanding NBA history players. In this article, we are going to find out more about the career of Clyde Drexler.
Early Years and College Career
Clyde Drexler was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he lived in South Park are in Houston, Texas. When he was in senior year, Drexler was the center of Ross Sterling High School, and that’s when he started receiving attention from several college coaches. When he graduated high school in 1980, Drexler attended the University of Houston, where he majored in finance and worked at a bank every summer. He also got to play for the University’s basketball team along with Michael Young.
Clyde Drexler made a very iconic college basketball career because he managed to have a career average of 14.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in just three seasons. He was also hailed a the Southwestern Conference Player of the Year and the first All-American during his final season. Clyde Drexler remains the only basketball player in the University of Houston’s history to have 900 rebounds, 1,000 career points, and 300 assists.
During the 1983 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers decided to draft Clyde Drexler as their 14th Overall pick. During his first season in the NBA, Drexler averaged 7.7 points in 17.2 minutes per game. Drexler’s second season was considered his breakout season because he managed to average six rebounds, 17.2 points, 2.2 steals, and 5.5 assists per game. In his third year in the NBA, Clyde Drexler made it into his first All-Star team. During the 1989-1990 season, Drexler helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals. However, the team lost to the Detroit Pistons in five games. The next season, Drexler helped the Trail Blazers to their best 63-19 record.
During the 1991-1992 season, Clyde Drexler made the All-NBA First Team, and he finished in second to Michael Jordan in MVP voting. During that same season, the Trail Blazers went against the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. However, the Chicago Bulls went on to win their second consecutive NBA championship. During that said finals, Drexler managed to average 7.8 rebounds. 24.8 points and 5.3 assists on each game. in 1992, Drexler was chosen to join the U.S Olympic basketball team wherein they won the gold medal in Barcelona.
In February 1995, the Portland Trail Blazers agreed to Drexler’s request to be traded and sent back home to the Houston Rockets. That is why they traded him for Otis Thorpe. Before Drexler was added to the team, the Houston Rockets finished the regular season with a 47-35 record that made them 6th out of 8 playoff teams in the Western Conference. Along with Hakeem Olajuwon, Drexler helped the Rockets propelled to an improbable second consecutive championship in 1995.
During the playoffs in 1995, Clyde Drexler was ejected during a game between the Phoenix Suns because of his feud with referee Jake O’Donnell. This resulted in O’Donnell’s last NBA game he referees because he was not assigned in the playoffs that year, and he decided to retire a few months later.
In 1998, Drexler decided to retire from playing basketball, and he eventually became the Houston Cougars coach from 1998 to 2000. After that, Drexler chose to retire from coaching to spend more time with his family.