Derek Lamar Strong (born February 9, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in ten National Basketball Association (NBA) seasons from 1991 to 2001 for six different teams. A 6'8" forward from Xavier University, Strong was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (47th pick overall) of the 1990 NBA draft. Strong has successfully transitioned into stock car racing.
|Born||February 9, 1968|
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Pacific Palisades|
(Los Angeles, California)
|NBA draft||1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Number||35, 20, 31, 7, 33, 30|
|1990–1991||Huesca La Magia|
|1992–1993||Quad City Thunder|
|1995–1996||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2000–2001||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,088 (6.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,213 (4.9 rpg)|
|Assists||291 (0.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Professional Basketball CareerEdit
In his NBA career, Strong played in 456 games and scored a total of 3,088 points. His best year as a professional came during the 1997–98 season as a member of the Magic, appearing in 58 games and averaging 12.7 ppg.
During his tenure in the NBA, Derek was an avid NASCAR fan and remained committed to pursuing this childhood dream when his playing days ended. Strong transitioned into a professional stock car driver and owner of Strong Racing Team Derek is the first NBA player to successfully transition into stock car racing. Strong Racing is the first team in NASCAR history to have African-American female owners – Dawn Whitaker and Erika Hill. Strong Racing is a Stock Car Racing Team that competes in ASA and NASCAR Racing events. Strong Racing is managed by Stuart Lycett and is based in Los Angeles.
Strong supports many charities including The Music City Motorsports Institute, a non-profit associated with Strong Racing that seeks to motivate and inspire students to achieve academic success with an educational platform of learning, discovery and fun in the motor sports industry. Co-owner of Strong Racing, Erika Hill is also the co-founder of Peace International, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to build schools in remote areas throughout the world.
- "The official site of the NBA". NBA.com. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
- "LTTS Exclusive: NBA and NASCAR Legend Derek Strong". Look to the Stars. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2019-04-25.