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Sedale Eugene Threatt (born September 10, 1961) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Threatt played college basketball at the West Virginia Institute of Technology from 1979 to 1983. Threatt, who has the distinction of being the last sixth round pick to play in the NBA (as the NBA draft had later been shortened to two rounds), played in the NBA from 1983–1997 and followed up with several additional seasons overseas.

Sedale Threatt
Personal information
Born (1961-09-10) September 10, 1961 (age 58)
Atlanta, Georgia
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolTherrell (Atlanta, Georgia)
CollegeWest Virginia Tech (1979–1983)
NBA draft1983 / Round: 6 / Pick: 139th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1983–2002
PositionPoint guard
Number9, 3, 4, 2
Career history
19831987Philadelphia 76ers
19871988Chicago Bulls
19881991Seattle SuperSonics
19911996Los Angeles Lakers
1996Paris Basket Racing
1997Houston Rockets
1997–1998Gymnastikos S. Larissas
2001–2002Lausanne Basket
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× First-team All-WVIAC (1981–1983)
Career NBA statistics
Points9,327 (9.8 ppg)
Assists3,613 (3.8 apg)
Steals1,138 (1.2 spg)
Stats at

Professional careerEdit

Threatt was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the sixth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He played for four years for the 76ers until he was signed by the Chicago Bulls in 1987, then in 1988 he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Sam Vincent.[1] He stayed in Seattle for four years before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on October 2, 1991 in exchange for three second round draft picks.

Threatt was expected to play a backup role to Magic Johnson. However, when Johnson retired due to his infection with HIV, Threatt became the starting point guard. Threatt's ability to steal the ball from unaware opponents earned him the nickname "The Thief" from the Lakers commentating duo of Chick Hearn[2] and Stu Lantz. Threatt led the Lakers in assists, steals and minutes played each of his first two seasons with the Lakers. In 1992-93 he became the second player in Lakers franchise history (after Johnson) to lead the Lakers in scoring (15.1), assists (6.9) and steals (1.7).

He scored a career high 42 points against the New York Knicks on March 10, 1992 and scored a career playoff high 35 points in Game 1 of the 1993 Western Conference Quarter Finals against the Phoenix Suns. He retired from the league following the 1996-97 season, and later went on to play in France, Switzerland and Greece with Gymnastikos S. Larissas.

Personal lifeEdit

Threatt is thought to have fathered at least fourteen children,[3] and has been married and divorced twice, firstly to Nicole Plotzker (who left him for Dr. Dre), and secondly to Britt Johnson.

Threatt was sentenced to six months prison in 2000 for failing to pay child support. Threatt had previously reached a plea agreement that called for prosecutors to recommend five months of probation, but U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf ignored the agreement and sentenced him to prison time. Wolf also ordered Threatt to comply with five other outstanding child-support orders for children in other jurisdictions.[4]

Threatt currently lives in Melbourne, Australia,[5] working alongside his eldest son, Sedale Threatt Jr., in his company, Australian Basketball Development (AUBD).[6] Threatt has another son also named Sedale Threatt Jr., who played quarterback for Lehigh University,[3] and later became an actor.


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  2. ^ "Chick Hearn". Laker Legends. Laker Legends. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Not Much More Than Name Links Threatt Jr. to Father". New York Times. October 10, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
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  5. ^ Memberto, Brad. "Threatt spreads hoop dreams Down Under". Santa Maria Times. Santa Maria Times. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ "The Australian Basketball Development (AUBD)". The Australian Basketball Development (AUBD). Retrieved 2017-03-18.

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