NBA legend Darryl Dawkins has passed away at the age of 58. Dawkins was known for his high flying thunderous dunks, that got him maybe the coolest nickname of all time "Chocolate Thunder" .


Dawkins made history when he was the first player ever to get drafted right out of high school, paving the way for many of the stars going forward. In a game against the Kansas City Kings, Dawkins threw down such a massive dunk that the backboard shattered. Three weeks later he did it again, this time at home against the San Antonio Spurs, this to the NBA ruled that breaking a backboard was an offense that would result in a fine and suspension.

At age 25, Dawkins joined a New Jersey Nets, in the 1982–83 season Dawkins averaged 12.0 points and shot .599 from the floor, ranking third in the league in field-goal percentage. The following season he had his most productive season scoring a career-high 16.8 points per game. After those two productive seasons in a Nets uniform, injuries severely impacted the rest of his career, and he bounced around the league until retiring in 1989.