Not only was he an NBA player, but he was also an ordained minister. Several years after he retired, he decided to release an album.
Terry Cummings got off to a hot start during his NBA career
The San Diego Clippers selected Cummings with the second overall pick in the 1982 NBA draft. Cummings had his best year during his rookie season. He averaged 23.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.8 steals. He was named Rookie of the Year after an impressive season. The 6-foot-9 power forward only spent two seasons with the Clippers before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Cummings continued to have success in Milwaukee. During the 1984-85 season, he was named to his first All-Star team. That season he averaged 23.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists. Cummings was always one of the best players on the court, and he knew how to score in multiple ways. He also was physical on the glass and knew how to get in a good position to grab rebounds. Cummings made his second All-Star team in 1989, and he was named to the All-NBA Third Team. He averaged 22.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.
After five successful seasons in Milwaukee, Cummings was traded to the San Antonio Spurs. He spent six years in San Antonio, which was the longest he played with a team.
Terry Cummings struggled toward the end of his career
After having a lot of success during his first 10 seasons, his numbers started to drop after the 1991-92 season. He suffered a serious knee injury in the summer of 1992 during a pickup game. He would never put up All-Star like numbers again after that injury. He missed the first 74 regular-season games during the 1992-93 season. Cummings became a reserve player after that knee injury, and his minutes decreased too.
After his time in San Antonio, he returned to Milwaukee for a season. He then finished his career playing for the Seattle SuperSonics, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, and Golden State Warriors. He finished his career averaging 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.
Turning to music after his basketball career
When Cummings retired from basketball, he focused on music. He was involved in music production and editing machines in a studio in a San Antonio house. According to an article from vault.si.com, Cummings has run a music publishing company since he was 21. The name of his company is Cummings Entertainment Group, which has produced music and videos for Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, and BET. One of his talents was playing the keyboard and that’s something he enjoyed doing during his time playing in the NBA.
In 2007, Cummings released an album, T.C. Finally, he wrote the songs, sang, and played the keyboard. The album features an R&B and soul style of musicians like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Sam Cooke. When Cummings retired, he wanted to get basketball out of his system, and the music was a way for him to express himself and take his mind away from the game of basketball.