- John Drew (basketball)
John Edward Drew (born
September 30 1954in Vredenburgh, Alabama) is a retired American professional basketballplayer. A 6'6" guard/forward from Gardner-Webb University, he played 11 seasons in the NBA. Drew was a two-time NBA All-Star, and was one of the earliest casualties of the drug policy instituted by commissioner David Stern.
John Drew attended J.F. Shields High School in
Beatrice, Alabama. Following high school he played basketball collegiately at Gardner-Webb University[http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/drewjo01.html] .
Selected by the
Atlanta Hawkswith the 7th pick of the 1974 NBA Draft, Drew quickly made an impact with the club, averaging 18.5 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, and leading the NBA in offensive rebounding during his rookie season (Drew was named to the NBA All-Rookie Teamfor his efforts). From 1974 to 1982, the immensely talented Drew starred for the Hawks, with whom he was a two-time All-Star, averaging more than 20 points per game on five occasions. After being traded by Atlanta for Dominique Wilkins, Drew played three seasons (1982-1985) with the Utah Jazz, retiring with 15,291 career points. He joined Artis Gilmoreand Eddie Lee Wilkinsas the only alumni of Gardner-Webb University to play in the NBA.
Drew's career came to an end because of his addiction to
cocaine. In the first of what would be many drug-related career setbacks, Drew missed 38 games during the 1983 season while attending drug rehab. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9F00EED7133BF934A15751C0A965948260 An Athlete, A Cocaine Addict: John Drew Fights For His Life] ] While he would win the league's Comeback Player of the Yearaward in 1984 for seemingly having overcome his addiction, Drew relapsed into drug abuse in 1985, and was banned from the NBA in 1986 for multiple violations of the league's substance abusepolicy, including various arrests for drug possession. He was the first player ever to be banned for life under the NBA's drug policy. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DE0D8113FF932A05752C0A960948260 Drew Opposes Ban] ] As of 2002, Drew was living in Houston, Texas, where Charles Barkleyhad last reported seeing him, and he finally has a grip on his cocaine addiction. [ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?s_hidethis=no&p_product=AT&p_theme=at&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_field_label-0=Author&p_field_label-1=title&p_bool_label-1=AND&s_dispstring=%22John%20Drew%22%20cocaine%20AND%20date(all)&p_field_advanced-0=&p_text_advanced-0=(%22John%20Drew%22%20cocaine)&xcal_numdocs=20&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no Drew found, finding his way] ]
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/drewjo01.html Basketball-reference.com career statistics]
NAME = Drew, John Edward
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SHORT DESCRIPTION = Retired American professional basketball player
DATE OF BIRTH =
September 30, 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH = Vredenburgh,
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