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Nationality  American
Name  Derrick Coleman
Education  Syracuse University
College  Syracuse (19861990)
Spouse  Gina Coleman (m. 1996)

Listed weight  230 lb (104 kg)
Height  2.08 m
Role  Basketball player
Children  Derrick Coleman Jr.
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Born  June 21, 1967 (age 52) , Mobile, Alabama (1967-06-21)
High school  Northern (Detroit, Michigan)
NBA draft  1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Movies  1987 NCAA Division I: Men's Basketball National Championship: Indiana vs. Syracuse
Similar People  Kenny Anderson, Shawn Kemp, Buck Williams, Jim Boeheim, Drazen Petrovic

Listed height  6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)

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Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967) is an American retired basketball player. Coleman was born in Mobile, Alabama, but grew up and attended high school in Detroit, Michigan, and attended college at Syracuse University. He was selected first overall in the 1990 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets.

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Throughout his career, the left-handed Coleman was an effective low post scorer, averaging 16.5 Points and 9.3 Rebounds. He enjoyed his best years as a member of the New Jersey Nets, where he averaged 19.8 points and 10.6 Rebounds per game. When Coleman entered the NBA, he was compared to elite power forwards such as Karl Malone and Charles Barkley, and expected to put up similar numbers, only with the added ability to shoot from three-point range. Instead, his career was overshadowed by numerous injuries and attitude problems. Sports Illustrated once remarked that "Coleman could have been the best Power forward ever; instead he played just well enough to ensure his next paycheck."

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His Syracuse jersey number, 44, was retired on March 5, 2006.

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As of 2007, he was working as a developer and entrepreneur in Detroit. He has also appeared as an occasional studio analyst for NBA TV's "NBA Gametime Live" coverage.

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NBA career

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Coleman was the #1 overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft after a successful college career. He had a solid rookie season and went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1991.

Coleman went on to improve during the 19911992 season, averaging close to 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. The Nets were an up-and-coming team as well, with young players like Coleman, Kenny Anderson, Chris Morris and Mookie Blaylock teaming up with solid veteran players like Sam Bowie, Chris Dudley, Terry Mills and Dražen Petrović. The addition of coach Chuck Daly, who won two NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons as head coach, was enough to get the Nets a winning record and into the playoffs during the 19921993 season. The 19931994 season was the peak for Coleman and the Nets during his time with the team. The Nets made it to the playoffs for the third straight season, while Coleman averaged his second straight 20 points, 10 rebounds season and was selected to represent the Nets in the All-Star game along with teammate Kenny Anderson.

He played for the US national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.

During a 1995 game featuring Coleman's Nets and rival Karl Malone's Utah Jazz, Coleman controversially referred to Malone as an 'Uncle Tom'.

Coleman's career ended during the 20042005 season, when he was cut by the Pistons during the season. He was one of nine NBA players that faced suspension for his role in the infamous November 2004 Pacers–Pistons brawl.

Coleman is one of only three players in NBA history to record at least 20 points, 10 boards, five Assists, five Steals, and five Blocks in a game (the other two being Hakeem Olajuwon and Draymond Green).

Post NBA

Coleman purchased a home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where he resided until 2010, when he moved to Detroit, Michigan. After the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Coleman drove 65 miles daily to bring residents clean bottled water and eating utensils, which they did not have access to.

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