Sam Perkins was the Capital Region’s Best Pro Basketball Player

Sam Perkins, originally from Brooklyn, New York, played his high school basketball for Julius Girmindl at Shaker high School, where he was an All-American.  Perkins would have to rate as the most successful pro basketball player ever to come out of the Capital Region.  Perkins played professionally for the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, and Indiana Pacers.  He made the NBA All-Rookie first team his first season, averaging 11 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.  The smooth southpaw  recorded the first 30-20 game in Mavericks history when he scored  30 points and pulled down 20 rebounds against Houston.  Perkins scored a career-high 45 points against Golden State in 1990, and when he left the Mavericks, he ranked second in Dallas history with 3,767 rebounds. A superb shooter with a soft touch, Perkins tied the NBA record, hitting eight 3-pointers in a row against Toronto in 1997.

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