Former star guard Dwight Anderson, who split his career between Kentucky and Southern California, has died. He was 59.
Anderson died Saturday in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. A cause of death hasn’t been announced.
Anderson averaged 16.3 points in 79 career games from 1978-82, which included 1 1/2 seasons at Kentucky and 1 1/2 at USC. He transferred from Kentucky midway through his sophomore campaign and sat out two semesters before being eligible for the Trojans.
Anderson was nicknamed “The Blur” due to his speed. After averaging 13.3 and 10.7 points during his seasons with the Wildcats, his scoring averages increased to 19.3 and 20.3 at USC. He earned All-America honorable mention honors as a senior.
In a contest on March 6, 1982, against Washington, Anderson made a memorable shot. He chased down a wild pass and spun as he was about to fall out of bounds and put up a shot that went over the backboard and dropped through the hoop. That type of shot is now illegal.
Anderson was a second-round pick in the 1982 NBA Draft by the then-Washington Bullets but was cut. He played five games for the Denver Nuggets in the 1982-83 season and averaged 4.2 points and shot 50 percent from the field.
Anderson played in various leagues around the world until 1991 and then reportedly battled drug addiction issues for the next two decades before spending 13 months at John Lucas’ treatment center in Houston and becoming sober.