You might not have a hard time recognizing LeBron James, Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, but how many of you know the superstar from the 80s-90s? Well, today we are here to make you aware of a great basketball player of his time, Ralph Sampson. Previously married to Aleize Sampson, Ralph is a renowned name in the field of basketball.
Former NBA player and now a coach, Ralph's exceptionally amazing basketball skills are the ultimate reason that made him stand among the crowd. He has an estimated net worth of $6 million. His career has been pretty amazing right from the beginning. Let's get the details and find out about the awards that he has earned:
The $6 million worth champion played as a center and power forward. In fact, he even made his team enter into AA basketball championships twice when he was at the Harrisonburg High School team. He also played in the basketball team of the University of Virginia which made him hold the title of ACC Player of the Year from 1981 to 1983.
Ralph also became the College national player of the year and All-American's first team from 1981 to 1983. During the 1983 Houston Rocket's NBA draft, he was their number 1 pick.
Source: Sports Illustrated
From 1983 to 1987, Ralph played for the Rockets. After that, he worked for the Golden State Warriors till 1989.
Later in 1989, Ralph joined Sacramento Kings and left it in 1990 to work for the Washington Bullets in 1991. In 1992, he played for Unicaja Ronda in Spain and his playing career at the Rockford Lightning of the CBA lasted from 1994 to 1995.
Ralph Sampson Career Highlights:
Ralph worked as a coach for the Richmond Rhythm of the IBL from 1999 to 2000.
Ralph Sampson's list of accolades is very long. He has been honored multiple times for his skills and dedication towards basketball. He has won various awards such as Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA College Player of the Year, Adolph Rupp Trophy, Associated Press Player of the Year, UPI Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Award, and NABC Player of the Year.
Ralph Sampson with the Naismith trophy
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Besides, he has also won other awards such as Sporting News Player of the Year, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Rookie Team, NBA All-Star Game MVP, NBA All-Star, National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and so on.
Ralph Sampson giving the hall of fame speech
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Although Ralph has a pretty inspiring career, his married life with former wife Aleize Sampson couldn't be as successful. Since Ralph isn't so active on social networking sites, only a little is known about his personal life is known.
Just found this pic from an old magazine. They grow up so fast! Cherish every moment. pic.twitter.com/uajPaPj— Ralph Sampson (@RalphSampson50) August 21, 2011
Ralph Sampson has earned a huge net worth by working hard and through his passion towards his profession. With a height of 7'4", we are pretty sure God wanted him to be nothing other than a basketball player. We hope to get more amazing talents like Ralph Sampson in the field of basketball.
We wish him best of luck in future.