Albert King (basketball)

Albert King (basketball)

Albert King (born December 17 1959 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the 1st round (10th overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

A 6'6" guard-forward from the University of Maryland, King played in nine NBA seasons for four different teams. He played for the Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets.

In the 1979-1980 college season, King was named the ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice during the 1980 season. His jersey #55 was retired by the Maryland basketball program.

King's best years as a professional came during his playing days with the Nets from 1981–1987. During the 1982-83 season, he appeared in 79 games and averaged 17.0 points per game and 3.7 assists per game. In his NBA career, he played in 534 games and scored a total of 6,470 points.

King played at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn and is regarded as one of the nation's greatest high school players of all time. He was rated the top prep player in the nation over Magic Johnson and Gene Banks during his senior year. He is the younger brother of former NBA scoring champion, Bernard King.

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