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Former 2 Time All – Star Dead

Kevin Duckworth, the former two-time NBA All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers, died on Monday evening while visiting a basketball clinic in Oregon.

“Today is an extremely sad day for the Trail Blazers family,” Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said. “Kevin will be remembered by fans as one of the most popular and recognizable players to ever wear the Blazers uniform, but to people who knew him, he’ll be remembered as one of the warmest and biggest-hearted.”

Duckworth was on the Oregon Coast representing the Trail Blazers as a Heritage Ambassador on the team’s 19-city Statewide Summer Tour. The cause of death is unknown.

Duckworth, 44, was the starting center on the Portland Trail Blazer teams that made it to the 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals. He played in the NBA from 1986-1997, spending most of his years with the Blazers. However, toward the end of his career, he played for the Bullets, Bucks, and Clippers.

Duckworth was a second-round draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs out of Eastern Illinois University in 1986. Early into his rookie season, he was traded to the Blazers for Walter Berry. He then played with the Blazers until 1993.

Duckworth remains the 10th leading scorer (7,188) and rebounder (3,327) in Trail Blazers history, compiling averages of 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 527 games with Portland. During his tenure, Trail Blazers teams compiled a record of 356-193 (.648). In 684 career NBA games, Duckworth scored 8,085 points (11.8 ppg), grabbed 3,945 rebounds (5.8 rpg) and shot 46.8 percent from the field.

R.I.P Mr. Duckworth

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