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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Black
Favorite Food:
Italian
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
I Can Show You But I'm Not Going To Tell You.

Birthplace

Born:
1/12/1960
Birth Location:
Paris,

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Black
Favorite Food:
Italian
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
I Can Show You But I'm Not Going To Tell You.

Birthplace

Born:
1/12/1960
Birth Location:
Paris
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Biography

Basketball player Dominique Wilkins was born on January 12, 1960 in Paris, France to John Wilkins, a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, and Gertrude Baker. Wilkins had seven siblings, including Gerald Wilkins, who also played professional basketball. Dominique Wilkins’ family eventually settled in Baltimore, Maryland, where he began playing basketball on the playground while attending Dunbar High School. As a high school sophomore, Wilkins relocated to Washington, North Carolina and played at Washington High School. There, he won two North Carolina Class 3-A Championships in 1978 and 1979, and was voted as state MVP in both seasons. Wilkins enrolled at the University of Georgia, where he played basketball for three years, and was awarded as SEC Player of the Year in 1981.

Wilkins was drafted third in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, and subsequently traded to the Atlanta Hawks. Wilkins was the Hawks’ leading scorer for most of his twelve seasons with the franchise. He was selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game for nine consecutive years from 1986 to 1994, and led the league in scoring during the 1985-1986 season. Wilkins, nicknamed “The Human Highlight Film,” was particularly known for his dunking skills, especially his signature two-handed windmill dunk. He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest twice, in 1985 and 1990, and placed second two other times. The Hawks qualified for the playoffs in nine of Wilkins’s twelve seasons with the team. Leaving the Atlanta Hawks in 1994, Wilkins went on to play for the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic and the Greek team Panathinaikos, with whom he won the 1996 Euroleague Final Four championship. When Wilkins retired from the NBA in 1999, he held the ninth position in total points scored in the league’s overall history. The Hawks retired Wilkins’ #21 jersey in 2001; and Wilkins became the team’s vice president of basketball in 2004.

Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, entered the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. He has worked with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and the National Diabetes Education Program to promote diabetes prevention, and was also active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Lung Foundation. He is also a diabetes ambassador for Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care. Wilkins is represented in front of State Farm Arena in the form of an 18,500-pound bronze statue erected in March, 2015.

Dominique Wilkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 5, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dominique Wilkins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dominique Wilkins lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dominique Wilkins describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dominique Wilkins describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dominique Wilkins talks about his father's military service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dominique Wilkins lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dominique Wilkins describes his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dominique Wilkins remembers the Westport section of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dominique Wilkins recalls his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dominique Wilkins describes his start as a basketball player
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dominique Wilkins remembers moving to North Carolina after his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dominique Wilkins recalls playing basketball at Washington High School in Washington, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dominique Wilkins remembers living with his basketball coach
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dominique Wilkins talks about his slam dunk and spin moves
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Dominique Wilkins describes his athletic training regimen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dominique Wilkins recalls his experiences as a high school basketball player
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dominique Wilkins recalls his high school track record
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dominique Wilkins remembers being harassed for leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dominique Wilkins remembers the college basketball recruitment process
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dominique Wilkins remembers buying his mother's first home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dominique Wilkins recalls his teammates at the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dominique Wilkins remembers his first slam dunk
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dominique Wilkins remembers Coach Hugh Durham at the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dominique Wilkins recalls his experiences in the NBA draft
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dominique Wilkins remembers being traded to the Atlanta Hawks
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dominique Wilkins remembers his early years with the Atlanta Hawks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dominique Wilkins remembers playing with Spud Webb
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dominique Wilkins describes the origin of his nickname
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dominique Wilkins describes his favorite basketball move
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dominique Wilkins recalls his favorite plays
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dominique Wilkins talks about scoring strategies in basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dominique Wilkins talks about the Atlanta Hawks' rivals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dominique Wilkins remembers injuring his Achilles tendon
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dominique Wilkins remembers being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dominique Wilkins recalls his teammates on the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dominique Wilkins talks about the owners of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dominique Wilkins remembers leaving the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dominique Wilkins talks about basketball shoes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dominique Wilkins recalls the international players in the NBA
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dominique Wilkins remembers retiring from the Orlando Magic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dominique Wilkins reflects upon the changes in basketball gameplay
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dominique Wilkins talks about the relationships between basketball players
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dominique Wilkins talks about the composition of the Golden State Warriors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dominique Wilkins recalls becoming an executive of the Atlanta Hawks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dominique Wilkins describes his work as a basketball court designer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dominique Wilkins talks about the importance of the team environment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dominique Wilkins describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Dominique Wilkins talks about his diabetes advocacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Dominique Wilkins talks about his honorary statue in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Dominique Wilkins shares his advice to young black men
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Dominique Wilkins describes his advice for aspiring basketball players
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Dominique Wilkins describes his ideal Dream Team
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dominique Wilkins describes his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dominique Wilkins reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered