The Thief of the 90s in NBA

The Thief of the 90s in NBA

Daron Oshay Blaylock, also known as Mookie Blaylock graduated from the University of Oklahoma. He reached the NCAA finals with that team. He was drafted in 1989 as the twelfth pick by the New Jersey Nets. He carried a reputation of being a “ball hawk” in college which proved to be right in NBA as well.

Blaylock was not starting in his first season with the New Jersey Nets, but he played quite a bit, averaging more than 25 minutes per game and used his time very well averaging 10.1 points, 4.2 assists, and 1.6 steals. In 1992, the point guard moved to the Atlanta Hawks, and in 1994, he participated in the NBA All-Star Game, where he scored five points in 16 minutes of play time. He was also elected to the NBA All-Defensive Team in 1993/94 and 1994/95. In 1999 he moved to the Golden State Warriors, where he ended his NBA career in 2002.

He had four NBA seasons with more than 200 steals. Overall, he had 2075 steals, ranking him among the top 20 of the NBA.

He led the NBA in steals two years in a row (1996–97 and 1997–98), and he also led the NBA in three-point attempts and finished second in three-pointers made in the 1996–97 season. He wrote Hawks history, as he is an all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (1,050), three-point field goal attempts (3,023), and steals (1,321). What is also important to mention is that he set the Atlanta Hawks’ single-season franchise records for three-pointers made (231) and attempted (623) in 1995–96.

The American rock band Pearl Jam originally wanted to name themselves after Mookie Blaylock but gave up on this idea. Instead, their debut album Ten got its name from Blaylock’s jersey number.

Blaylock was sentenced to a 15-year prison term in October 2014, but his sentence was lowered to three years in jail after pleading guilty in a car crash that killed a woman in Georgia. Blaylock had big problems with alcohol but it was not the reason for the fatal car crash, his medical condition caused it. Unfortunately, not an ideal continuation of life for a former NBA star.