Written By: Philip Casteel - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Born July 23, 1973 in Saginaw, Michigan Darvin Ham or Darvin "Ham Slamwich" attended Texas Tech and was known as the Tech player who shattered the backboard in the 1996 NCAA tournament. Tech was playing the University of North Carolina. Ham went up for a dunk and shattered the backboard shifting the momentum and put the Red Raiders through to the first Sweet Sixteen in Texas Tech history. The picture ran on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Later that year he won the NCAA slam dunk contest.
October 1, 1996 Ham was signed as a free agent for the Denver Nuggets. In 1997 He was then traded by to the Indiana Pacers for Jerome Allen on February 1997. Ham then signed as free agent with the Washington Wizards (1997), Milwaukee Bucks (1999), Atlanta Hawks (2002) and Detroit Pistons (2003). Ham was a member of the champion Detroit Pistons team. Ham played for eight seasons averaging 2.7 Points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 fouls in 12.4 min., .598 FG, and .494 FT shooting. In 2006 Ham enlisted in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as an import on Talk N' Text Phone Pals, averaging 16 points for PBA Fiesta conference playoffs. Over eight season's Ham was estimated to have a $ 6.58 million NBA career.
Ham served as a studio analyst for Fox Sports Southwest as the Mavericks made a playoff run in 2006. He was then drafted third overall in the 2007 NBA D-League draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. He was named assistant coach for the Thunderbirds in 2008. In 2010 Ham is currently the head coach of the Thunderbirds.
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