Kermit Alan Washington is an American former professional basketball player. Washington is best remembered for punching opposing player Rudy Tomjanovich during an on-court fight in 1977. His punch nearly killed Tomjanovich, and resulted in severe medical problems. However, Tomjanovich made a full recovery and ultimately made the All-Star team two years later. Washington was not a highly coveted player coming out of high school and barely got into college on an athletic scholarship. He averaged a mere four points per game during his senior season of high school. He improved rapidly once at American University, and became one of only seven players in NCAA history to average 20 points and 20 rebounds throughout the course of their career. A big defensive forward, Washington was known for his ability to gather rebounds. He averaged 9.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in ten National Basketball Association seasons and played in the All-Star Game once.
|Born:||September 17, 1951, Washington, D.C.|
|Listed height:||6 ft 8 in|
|Listed weight:||230 lb|
|High school:||Coolidge (Washington, D.C.)|
|NBA draft:||1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5, Los Angeles Lakers|
About Kermit Washington
Power forward who is best remembered for an on-court fight against Rudy Tomjanovich, in which a punch he delivered nearly killed his rival.
He starred at American University, before being selected fifth overall in the 1973 NBA draft.
His NBA career spanned five teams from 1973-1987, and included an All-Star game appearance in 1980 as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
His parents were Alexander and Barbara Washington.
As a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers, he admitted to often feeling intimidated by legendary teammate Jerry West.
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