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Last Updated 04-18-2017

Drazen Dalipagic -- b.11/27/1951
Basketball Figure, Yugoslav
Misc: Serbian; FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991.

Chuck Daly -- b.7/20/1930 d.5/9/2009 (78)
NBA Coach, NBA Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: coached Detroit to two NBA titles (1989-90) before leaving in 1992 to coach New Jersey; retired after 1993-94 season with 638 career wins (including playoffs) in 12 years; coached NBA "Dream Team" to gold medal in 1992 Olympics.
Sports Teams: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (coach 1950-1952), Punxsutawney Area High School (coach 1955-1963), Duke (coach 1963-1969), Boston College (coach 1969-1971), Penn (coach 1971-1977), Philadelphia 76ers (coach 1978-1981), Cleveland Cavaliers (coach 1981-1982), Detroit Pistons (coach 1983-1992), New Jersey Nets (coach 1992-1994), Orlando Magic (coach 1997-1999)

Erick Dampier -- b.7/14/1975
NBA Center

Louie Dampier -- b.11/20/1944 N.S.
Basketball Guard
Misc: 7x ABA All-Star; one of a few people to play all nine seasons in the ABA (1967-1976)
Sports Teams: Kentucky Colonels (1967-1976), San Antonio Spurs (1976-1979)

Bob Dandridge -- b.11/15/1947
NBA Player

Antonio Daniels -- b.3/19/1975
NBA Player

Lloyd Daniels -- b.9/4/1967
NBA Guard

Melvin Joe "Mel" Daniels -- b.7/20/1944 d.10/30/2015 N.S. (71)
Basketball Player
Misc: ABA Rookie of the Year (1968); 2x ABA Most Valuable Player (1969, 1971); 3x ABA champion (Indiana Pacers, 1970, 1972, 1973); 7x ABA All-Star.

Predrag Danilović -- b.2/26/1970
NBA Guard, Yugoslav
Names/Places: RN:Predrag Sasa Danilovic, aka Sasha Danilovic

Adrian Dantley -- b.2/28/1955
NBA Forward, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic Gold 1976; 1981 and 1984 top scorer; over 20,000 career points; 6x NBA All-Star (1980-1982, 1984-1986); 2x All-NBA Second Team (1981,1984); NBA Rookie of the Year (1977); NBA All-Rookie First Team (1977); Jazz #4 retired; some say Feb 26 or 1956
Sports Teams: Notre Dame (1973-1976), Buffalo Braves (1976-1977), Indiana Pacers (1977), Los Angeles Lakers (1977-1979), Utah Jazz (1979-1986), Detroit Pistons (1986-1989), Dallas Mavericks (1989-1990), Milwaukee Bucks (1990-1991)

Yinka Dare -- b.10/10/1972 d.1/9/2004 N.S. (31)
NBA Center, Nigerian

Jesse Dark -- b.9/2/1951
NBA Guard

Bradley Lee Daugherty -- b.10/19/1965
Sports Analyst, NBA Center
Misc: the first four-time and five-time NBA All-Star Cleveland Cavalier; Cavaliers #43 retired
Sports Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers (1986-1994)

William Morse "Bill" Davidson -- b.12/5/1922 N.S. d.3/13/2009 N.S. (86)
NBA Owner, NHL Owner
Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (principal owner), Detroit Shock (principal owner, WNBA), Tampa Bay Lighting (owner)

Robert Edris "Bob" Davies -- b.1/15/1920 d.4/22/1990 (70)
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Names/Places: NN:The Harrisburg Houdini
Misc: star ballhandling guard of the late 1940s and early 1950's. NBA All-Star for the Rochester Royals multiple times; Sacramento Kings #11 retired
Sports Teams: Brooklyn Indians (ABL 1943-1944), Brooklyn Gothams (ABL 1944-1945), Rochester Royals (1945-1955)

Anthony (Basketball) Davis -- b.3/11/1993 N.S.
NBA Player

Antonio Davis -- b.10/31/1968
NBA Player

Baron Davis -- b.4/13/1979
NBA Player

Brad Davis -- b.12/17/1955
NBA Player

Brian Davis -- b.6/21/1970
NBA Forward

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Charles Davis -- b.10/5/1958
NBA Player

Dale Davis -- b.3/25/1969
NBA Player

Emanual Davis -- b.8/27/1968
NBA Player

Glen Davis -- b.1/1/1986 N.S.
NBA Player
Names/Places: NN:Big Baby

Hubert Davis -- b.5/17/1970
NBA Guard, College Basketball Coach

Mark Davis -- b.4/26/1973
NBA Player

Terry Davis -- b.6/17/1967
NBA Center, NBA Forward

Walter Davis -- b.9/9/1954
NBA Forward, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic Gold 1976

Darryl Dawkins -- b.1/11/1957 d.8/27/2015 N.S. (58)
NBA Center
Names/Places: NN:Chocolate Thunder; NN:Dr. Dunk
Sports Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets

Johnny Earl Dawkins Jr. -- b.9/28/1963
NBA Guard, College Basketball Coach

Todd Day -- b.1/7/1970
NBA Guard

Everett Dean -- b.3/18/1898 N.S. d.10/26/1993 N.S. (95)
College Baseball Coach, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Indiana University (basketball player 1918-1921, basketball coach 1924-1938, baseball coach 1925-1938), Carleton College (basketball coach 1921-1924), Stanford University (basketball coach 1938-1951, baseball coach 1950-1955)

Forrest DeBernardi -- b.2/3/1899 d.4/29/1970 (71)
College Basketball Player
Misc: AAU championships (Kansas City Athletic Club, 1921, Hillyard Shine Alls, 1926-27, Cook Paint Company, 1928-29); 7-time AAU All-America

David A. "Dave" DeBusschere -- b.10/16/1940 d.5/14/2003 (62)
Executive, NBA Coach, NBA Forward
Names/Places: NN:Defensive Dave
Misc: three-time All-American for U. Of Detroit, then a NBA star for the Detroit Pistons and New York Kncikerbockers. The youngest player / coach in NBA history for Detroit, age 24. Later, also commissioner of the ABA. Was a player-coach of Detroit Pistons (1964-67); played in 8 All-Star games; won 2 NBA titles as player with NY Knicks; ABA commissioner (1975-76); also pitched 2 seasons for Chicago White Sox (1962-63) with 3-4 record; Knicks #22 retired; May 14 is the date of announcement of death
Sports Teams: Unversity of Detroit (1959-1962), Detroit Pistons (player 1962-1968, coach 1964-1967), New York Knicks (1969-1974)

Andrew Declercq -- b.2/1/1973
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Terry Dehere -- b.9/12/1971
Politician, Restaurateur, NBA Player

Henry G. "Dutch" Dehnert -- b.4/5/1898 d.4/20/1979 (81)
NBA Player, Basketball Coach
Misc: 4x ABL champion; originated the pivot play. Famed member of the Original Celtics of New York in the 1920s, also a successful pro coach.
Sports Teams: Original Celtics (1926-1928), Cleveland Rosenblums (1928-1930), Detroit Eagles (coach 1939-1941), Sheboygan Red Skins (coach 1944-1946), Cleveland Rebels (coach 1946-1947)

Sam Dekker -- b.5/8/1994 N.S.
NBA Player, College Basketball Player

Tony Delk -- b.1/28/1974
NBA Player

Matthew Dellavedova -- b.9/8/1990 N.S.
NBA Player, Australian
Sports Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Vinny Del Negro -- b.8/9/1966
Sports Analyst, NBA Coach, NBA Player

Fennis Dembo -- b.1/24/1966
NBA Player

Dell Demps -- b.2/12/1970
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Luol Deng -- b.4/16/1985 N.S.
NBA Player, Sudan

Rodney Dent -- b.12/25/1970
NBA Player

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Rod Derline -- b.3/11/1952
NBA Guard

DeMar DeRozan -- b.8/7/1989 N.S.
NBA Guard, American

Antonio Díaz-Miguel -- b.7/6/1933 N.S. d.2/21/2000 N.S. (66)
Basketball Coach, Spanish
Misc: Spain national basketball team coach (1965-1992)

Derrek Dickey -- b.3/20/1951 d.6/25/2002 N.S. (51)
NBA Player

Edgar Diddle -- b.3/12/1895 N.S. d.1/2/1970 N.S. (74)
College Football Coach, College Football Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Centre College (football player 1917, 1919-1920, basketball player 1917, 1919-1920), Western Kentucky University (football coach 1922-1928, basketball coach 1922-1964)

Connie Dierking -- b.10/2/1936 d.12/29/2013 (77)
NBA Player

Ernie DiGregorio -- b.1/15/1951
NBA Player

Vlade Divac -- b.2/3/1968
NBA General Manager, NBA Center, Yugoslav
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings

James Donaldson -- b.8/16/1957
NBA Player

Elena Delle Donne -- b.9/5/1989 N.S.
College Basketball Player, Basketball Player
Sports Teams: WNBA Guard

Anne Donovan -- b.11/1/1961
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-gold-1984

Robert L. "Bob" Douglas -- b.11/4/1882 d.7/16/1979 (96)
NBA Owner, NBA Coach
Names/Places: NN:The Father of Black Professional Basketball
Misc: the first black hall-of-famer known by the nickname "The Father of Black Professional Basketball."
Sports Teams: New York Renaissance (founder, owner and coach 1923-1949)

Sherman Douglas -- b.9/15/1966
NBA Guard
Names/Places: NN: The General

Goran Dragic -- b.5/6/1986 N.S.
NBA Guard, Slovakian

Bruce Drake -- b.12/5/1905 N.S. d.12/4/1983 N.S. (77)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Oklahoma (player 1926-1929, coach 1938-1955), Air Force (1956-?)

Greg Dreiling -- b.11/7/1963
NBA Center

Clyde "The Glide" Drexler -- b.6/22/1962
Sports Commentator, NBA Guard, College Basketball Coach, Olympic Athlete
Misc: The Dream Team 1992, 1x NBA Champion (Houston Rockets, 1995); 10x NBA All-Star (1986, 1988-1993, 1994, 1996, 1997); 1x All-NBA First Team Selection (1992); 2x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1988, 1991); 2x All-NBA Third Team Selection (1990, 1995); member of the "Dream Team" inducted as a unit in 2010; 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Trail Blazers and Rockets #22 retired
Sports Teams: Houston College (1980-1983), Portland Trail Blazers (1983-1995), Houston Rockets (1995-1998), University of Houston (coach 1998-2000)

Andre Drummond -- b.8/10/1993 N.S.
NBA Center

Kevin Jerome Duckworth -- b.4/1/1964 d.8/25/2008 (44)
NBA Center

Charles Dudley -- b.3/9/1950
NBA Player

Chris Dudley -- b.2/22/1965
NBA Center

Alva Duer -- b.11/18/1904 N.S. d.11/18/1987 N.S. (83)
College Basketball Coach
Misc: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and United States Olympic Committee administrator
Sports Teams: Pepperdine College (1939-1948)

Walter Dukes -- b.6/23/1930 d.2/??/2001 (70)
NBA Player
Misc: Found dead on 3-13-01, believed to have died a month before.

Joe Dumars III -- b.5/24/1963
NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Misc: of The Dream Team II in the 1994 World Basketball Championships; 2x NBA Champion (1989-1990); NBA Finals MVP (1989); 6x NBA All-Star (1990-1993, 1995, 1997); All-NBA Second Team (1993); 2x All-NBA Third Team (1990-1991); 4x NBA All-Defensive First Team(1989-1990, 1992-1993); NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1991); NBA All-Rookie Team (1986); FIBA World Championship gold medalist (1994); Pistons #4 retired
Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (1985-1999)

Richard Dumas -- b.5/19/1969
NBA Player

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Tony Dumas -- b.8/25/1972
NBA Player

"Sweet" Lou Dunbar -- b.8/8/1953
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player
Sports Teams: The Harlem Globetrotters

Tim Duncan -- b.4/25/1976
NBA Player
Names/Places: b. in Virgin Islands
Sports Teams: San Antonio Spurs

Mike Dunleavy -- b.3/21/1954
NBA Coach

Mike Dunleavy Jr. -- b.9/15/1980
NBA Player, College Basketball Player
Sports Teams: Duke University, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

T. R. Dunn -- b.2/1/1955
NBA Player

Kevin Durant -- b.9/29/1988 N.S.
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Pat Durham -- b.3/10/1967
NBA Player

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