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Scott Dean Wedman (born July 29, 1952) is an American former professional basketball player who played thirteen seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings with the sixth pick in the first round in the 1974 NBA draft.

Scott Wedman
Scott Wedman.jpeg
Wedman in 1976
Personal information
Born (1952-07-29) July 29, 1952 (age 66)
Harper, Kansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolMullen (Denver, Colorado)
CollegeColorado (1971–1974)
NBA draft1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Kansas City–Omaha Kings
Playing career1974–1986
PositionSmall forward
Number15, 8, 20
Career history
19741981Kansas City–Omaha / Kansas City Kings
19811983Cleveland Cavaliers
19831986Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points11,196 (13.2 ppg)
Rebounds4,355 (4.8 rpg)
Assists1,771 (2.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Early lifeEdit

Wedman was born in Harper, Kansas, the son of Tom and Georgia Wedman.[1] He lived on a 100-acre farm. His father, Tom, was a Boeing engineer, farm equipment manufacturer and car dealer. His family moved to Denver, Colorado before moving back to Kansas. His older brother, Mike, was a national class pole vaulter and decathlete at the University of Colorado.[2] Scott was a member of the 4-H club and participated in all aspects of farm life. Though undersized and a late bloomer, Wedman excelled at basketball, also at the University of Colorado. Wedman's parents encouraged the strict dietary regimen that he has carried with him his entire life.[3]

When he was twelve years old, Wedman's midget-league basketball team won the city championship. Wedman was not a varsity starter until his Senior year, when a growth spurt invigorated his game. He averaged 19 points a game and made All-State at Mullen High School in Denver. He was recruited heavily by both the University of Wyoming and the University of Colorado.[1]

College Career (1970-1974)Edit

Wedman played collegiality for the Colorado Buffaloes, following his brother Mike to the school. Wedman played for Coach Sox Walseth, scoring 1,251 career points averaging 16.7 per game. He graduated in 1974, leaving as CU's fourth all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Wedman was twice an All-Big Eight Conference selection and lead Colorado in scoring as a junior (17.7 per game) and as a senior (20.0). Wedman was selected as a first-team All Big Eight as a junior and senior later was named to the Big 8 Conference all-decade team for the 1970s.[4]

NBA careerEdit

Kansas City/Omaha Kings (1974–1981)Edit

Wedman was the 2nd overall pick in the 1974 ABA draft by the Memphis Tams of the American Basketball Association and the 6th overall pick of the Kansas City Kings in the 1974 NBA draft. Wedman signed with the Kings.[5][6]

Wedman was a proficient shooter for the Kings playing under coaches Phil Johnson and Cotton Fitzsimmons and alongside Tiny Archibald and Otis Birdsong among others.[7] He represented the Kansas City Kings twice in the NBA All-Star Game. During his time in Kansas City, Wedman gained the nickname "The Incredible Hulk" because of his extensive sessions in the weight room. On March 4, 1979, Wedman was involved in a 1-car accident in which his Porsche overturned on a rainy highway in Kansas City. At the time, doctors credited his conditioning with keeping him out of action for only a few games.

He hit a career summit in 1979–80 and 1980–81, with a scoring average of 19.0 points per game. On January 2, 1980, he scored 45 points in an overtime win at Utah for his career high. Wedman was a key to Kansas City's postseason success in 1981. Despite finishing the regular season with only a 40-42 record, the Kings caught fire in the playoffs, beating Portland and Phoenix before losing in the Western Conference finals to Houston in five games.

At the 1981 NBA draft, seeing that the Kings could not afford to keep both Wedman and fellow All-Star Otis Birdsong, Kansas City traded Birdsong and let Wedman sign with Cleveland.

A small forward, Wedman averaged 34.7 minutes, 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 547 games for the Kings over seven seasons, shooting 80% from the line, 49.0% from the field and 32.3% from three (after the 3-point line was introduced in 1979).[8]

Cleveland Cavaliers (1981–1983)Edit

Signing a 1 million dollar contract as a free agent, Wedman's scoring initially declined due to injuries, as he averaged 10.9 points per game in 1981–82, playing 30 minutes per game in 54 games for the Cavaliers.[9][8]

On January 14, 1983, Wedman, averaging 18.1 points in 36 minutes over 35 games, was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics for Darren Tillis and cash.[10]

Overall, Wedman averaged 13.8 points in 89 games and 32.9 minutes for Cleveland, shooting 78% from the line, 46% from the field and 31.1% on three-point shots.[8]

Boston Celtics (1983–1986)Edit

In Boston, he was instrumental as a player off the bench in the Celtics' NBA championships in 1984 and 1986, playing under Bill Fitch and KC Jones.

While in Boston, Wedman joined Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bill Walton in coming off the Celtics bench, on a roster that included Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, Tiny Archibald, as well as Quinn Buckner, Danny Ainge and Cedric Maxwell.[11]

Boston fans remember Wedman's performance in the Memorial Day Massacre, an appellation for Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals. Coming off the bench, Wedman hit all 11 of his shots, including four three-pointers, in Boston's 148-114 win over the Lakers. He often spelled Larry Bird and Kevin McHale or replaced them when they were injured.

Wedman was a strict vegetarian during his playing career, not for any moral reasons but for health purposes. For this, Wedman was teased mercilessly by both Bird and McHale in practices and at meals.[9]

"He was a vital piece of our team. He knew that players like Larry and Kevin were going to get their minutes, and he accepted his role without hesitation," said Celtics Coach KC Jones about Wedman's tenure in Boston. "He had the perfect attitude. As a coach, you couldn’t ask for anything more. He was an important piece of two championship teams."[9]

Wedman averaged 14.9 minutes in his five seasons in Boston, shooting 47.2% from the floor and 35.5% on three-pointers, averaging 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds.[8]

Seattle SuperSonicsEdit

On October 16, 1987, he was traded by the Celtics with Sam Vincent to the Seattle SuperSonics for a 1989 second-round draft choice. However, he retired and did not play a game for the SuperSonics.

For his career, Wedman played 906 games in thirteen seasons and averaged 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists, shooting 48.5% from the floor, 79.4% from the line and 33.5% on three-points.[8]

Post playing careerEdit

He coached the now-defunct Kansas City Knights of the American Basketball Association.

Wedman returned to Kansas City where he lives today and operates his real estate business.

In June 2007, Wedman was named head coach of the Great Falls Explorers of the CBA.

HonorsEdit

  • Wedman was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.[12]
  • In 2015, Wedman was inducted into the Colorado University Athletic Hall Of Fame.[4]
  • Wedman was inducted into the Pac 12 Conference Hall of Honor in 2016.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b May, Peter. The Last Banner: The Story of the 1985–86 Celtics and the NBA's Greatest Team of All Time, Simon & Schuster, 2007.
  2. ^ 2015 Track and Field Media Guide, University of Colorado, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  3. ^ McClellan, Michael D. "Picture Perfect: The Scott Wedman Interview". Celtic Nation. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Scott Wedman (2015) - CU Athletic Hall of Fame". University of Colorado Athletics.
  5. ^ "1974 ABA Draft Pick Transactions". www.prosportstransactions.com.
  6. ^ Consulting, Fine Line Websites & IT; Review, The Draft. "The Draft Review". The Draft Review.
  7. ^ "1979-80 Kansas City Kings Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Scott Wedman Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  9. ^ a b c McClellan, Michael (September 2, 2018). "The Scott Wedman Interview".
  10. ^ /www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/wedmasc01.html
  11. ^ "1985-86 Boston Celtics Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
  12. ^ "Scott Wedman". Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
  13. ^ "CU men's basketball: Scott Wedman joining Pac-12 Hall of Honor". January 20, 2016.

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