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Donald James MacLean (born January 16, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. As a college player, he is the all-time scoring leader of both the Pac-12 Conference and UCLA.[1] In 1994, MacLean won the NBA Most Improved Player Award as a member of the Washington Bullets (known now as the Washington Wizards). He currently works as a basketball color analyst.

Don MacLean
Personal information
Born (1970-01-16) January 16, 1970 (age 49)
Palo Alto, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolSimi Valley (Simi Valley, California)
CollegeUCLA (1988–1992)
NBA draft1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1992–2001
PositionPower forward
Number34, 7, 25, 24
Career history
19921995Washington Bullets
1995–1996Denver Nuggets
1996–1997Philadelphia 76ers
19971999New Jersey Nets
1999Seattle SuperSonics
2000Phoenix Suns
2000–2001Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points3,490 (10.9 ppg)
Rebounds1,210 (3.8 rpg)
Assists404 (1.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Born in Palo Alto, California, MacLean graduated from Simi Valley High School in Simi Valley, California [2] where he was an All-American his senior year.

College careerEdit

MacLean played in college at UCLA from 1989 to 1992. He still holds the school record for points scored (2,608) which is also the Pac-12 Conference's (then known as the Pac-10) all-time scoring record, passing Sean Elliott's then record of 2,555 points.[3] In his senior season, MacLean led UCLA to the 1992 Elite 8. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.

NBA careerEdit

MacLean was the 19th pick (1st round) in the 1992 NBA draft. He was initially drafted by the Detroit Pistons but was traded on draft day to the Washington Bullets.[4] MacLean, along with his 1994–95 Washington Bullets teammates Rex Chapman, Tom Gugliotta, and Scott Skiles, all reunited in Phoenix in 1999–2000 when Chapman, Gugliotta, and MacLean were Suns players and Skiles was the head coach. As highly productive scoring Bullets teammates in 1994–95, Chapman averaged 11.0 points per game (ranked 4th highest on the team), Gugliotta averaged 16.0 (5th on the team), Skiles averaged 13.0 (6th on the team), and MacLean averaged 11.0 (7th on the team). However, as Suns teammates, Gugliotta averaged 13.7 (5th on the team), Chapman averaged only 6.6 (9th on the team), and MacLean averaged only 2.6 (15th on the team). MacLean is considered by many to have had one of the quickest releases in the game.[5]

In November 2000, the NBA suspended MacLean five games for testing positive for steroids.[6] He was the first player suspended for steroid use.[7] Charles Barkley later commented "I've seen Don MacLean naked, and he doesn't use steroids."[8]

Broadcasting careerEdit

MacLean serves as the color analyst on the UCLA Basketball Radio Network.[9] He is an analyst on the Los Angeles Clippers TV broadcasts on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. He also is a weekly basketball contributor on Fox Sports Radio Network's Petros and Money Show. MacLean also serves as the color analyst for various games on the Pac-12 Network.

Personal lifeEdit

MacLean lives in Southern California with his wife, Brooke, and three sons Kyle, Blake and Trent.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2011-01-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Donald James MacLean". Baseball-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Pac-10 Men's Basketball Records Archived March 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Pac-10 website, retrieved March 4, 2010. The Pac-10 became the Pac-12 on July 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Basketball-Reference.com. "[1]."
  5. ^ Curry Kirkpatrick, "Sports Illustrated", article "MacLean Deluxe", Feb. 17, 1992
  6. ^ "Heat Forward MacLean Suspended for Steroids". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "MacLean Suspended for Steroids". CBC Sports. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Steroid issue a layup, so far". SFGate.com. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-01-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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