Blackman made the All-Star team multiple times with the Mavericks, and he right up there with Dirk Nowitzki as an all-time leading scorer in franchise history.
Rolando Blackman was a standout player in college
Blackman went to Kansas State University, where he had a remarkable basketball career. During that time, Kansas State was part of the Big Eight Conference. Blackman achieved a lot during his career at Kansas State. As a freshman, he averaged 10.9 points per game. His numbers improved during his sophomore and junior season.
In 1980, he was named the Big Eight Conference Player of the Year. That year he averaged a career-high 17.8 points per game. He was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and was named the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year three times during his career.
Blackman finished his career scoring 1,844 points, which is the second-highest total in Kansas State history. During his senior season, he helped lead Kansas State into the West Regional of the NCAA tournament. They ended up losing to North Carolina in the West Regional Final. The Big Eight Conference expanded to the Big 12, and in 1996, Blackman was named to the AP all-time All-Big Eight basketball team. In 2007, Kansas State retired Blackman’s No. 25 jersey, and in 2015 he was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Rolando Blackman started his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks selected Blackman with the ninth overall pick during the 1981 NBA draft. Blackman became the first Panamanian-born player in the NBA. During his rookie season, he averaged 13.3 points as a reserve player. It did not take him long to become a starter for the Mavericks. During the 1983-84 season, he averaged a career-high 22.4 points per game. The next season he was named to his first All-Star team.
Blackman continued to put up impressive numbers during his time in Dallas. He was known for getting to the rim and finishing through contact. During his time with the Mavericks, they made the playoffs six times during the 1980s. After his time with Dallas, he spent his final two seasons playing for the New York Knicks. Blackman finished his career averaging 18 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Rolando Blackman’s career after playing
Blackman is currently the second-leading scorer in Mavericks’ history with 16,643 points. The Mavericks retired his No. 22 jersey in 2011. In 2000, Blackman served as the defensive coordinator for the Mavericks under Don Nelson. The following year he was an assistant coach for the German National team. Blackman spent time as a television analyst for the Mavericks before joining the team as an assistant coach. In July of 2006, he was promoted to the Director of Player Development.
Blackman went back overseas in August of 2010 as he was hired as an assistant coach for the Turkey national basketball team. The former Mavericks star made an impact on the game of basketball during his playing and coaching career. If it weren’t for Dirk Nowitzki, Blackman would be the all-time leading scorer in Mavericks’ history.