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Jon Francis Koncak (born May 17, 1963) is a former American professional basketball player. A 7'0" center from Southern Methodist University, Koncak was selected with the fifth pick in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Koncak spent ten seasons with the Hawks (1985–1995), mainly in a reserve role, then concluded his career with the Orlando Magic. He retired in 1996 with career totals of 3,520 points and 3,856 rebounds.

Jon Koncak
Personal information
Born (1963-05-17) May 17, 1963 (age 56)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolCenter (Kansas City, Missouri)
CollegeSMU (1981–1985)
NBA draft1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1985–1996
PositionCenter
Number32, 45
Career history
19851995Atlanta Hawks
1995–1996Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points3,520 (4.5 ppg)
Rebounds3,856 (4.9 rpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Though a reliable defender for much of his career, Koncak is perhaps best remembered for the six-year, US$ 13 million contract he received from the Hawks in 1989 – an unprecedented total for a reserve. Since he was a restricted free agent at the time, the Atlanta Hawks matched this offer from the Detroit Pistons. As a result, he earned the derisive nickname "Jon Contract".[1][2] This event led NBA Hall of Fame center Shaquille O'Neal to choose a career in basketball over football due to the money he could make in basketball.[3]

On February 23, 2008 SMU retired Koncak's jersey.[4] Koncak is an Eagle Scout.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Telander, Rick (November 6, 1989). "Millions from Heaven". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016-09-04.
  2. ^ a b Rosenberg, I. J. (April 18, 2015). "Ex-Hawk Koncak forever known as 'Jon Contract'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  3. ^ Gaines, Cork; Nov 24, 2015. "Shaq explains how the 'worst contract in sports history' convinced him to stop playing football in high school". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  4. ^ "SMU To Enshrine Jon Koncak's No. 53 Basketball Jersey On Feb. 23". SMU Mustangs. February 1, 2008. Retrieved 2015-11-24.

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