Clifton Pondexter (born September 15, 1954) is an American former professional basketball player.
A 6'9" forward/center from Fresno, California, Pondexter played at California State University, Long Beach. At the conclusion of his college career Pondexter was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the sixteenth pick of the 1974 NBA Draft and by the San Diego Conquistadors in the first round of the 1974 ABA Draft. Pondexter's NBA career was delayed by a stress fracture in his leg he suffered in the summer of 1974; he did not make his professional debut until a fall 1975 exhibition game against the Kentucky Colonels.
Between 1975 and 1978, Pondexter played 197 games for the Bulls. His best season was 1975-76, when he averaged 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He never fully bounced back from his injury, however, and was waived by the Bulls in the summer of 1978. He then took his career to Europe.
Pondexter's nephew, Quincy Pondexter, was selected by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.
- ^ Cliff Pondexter page at DatabaseBasketball.com
- ^ a b Career statistics. basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on July 24, 2010.
- ^ Bob Logan. "Pondexter can only sit, watch Bulls". Chicago Tribune. December 23, 1974. C7.
- ^ Bob Logan. "Bulls workout 'Medical Center'". Chicago Tribune. October 4, 1975. SD2.
- ^ Bob Logan. "Bulls' top choice has operation". Chicago Tribune. August 16, 1978. E1.
- ^ Cliff Pondexter. Legabasket. Retrieved on July 24, 2010.
- ^ Bret Martel. "Brackins, Pondexter joining Hornets summer squad". AP. USA Today. July 8, 2010. Retrieved on July 24, 2010.
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