Jacques Dominique Wilkins is an American former professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star and is widely viewed as one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname "The Human Highlight Reel".
Dominique Wilkins was born in 1960 in Paris, France, where his father was stationed as an airman in the US Air Force. He and his family subsequently moved to Dallas, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland, before finally settling in Washington, North Carolina, where Wilkins went to Washington High School. There, in both 1978 and 1979, he became the MVP for the team's Class 3-A State Championships. Additionally, Wilkins starred in the McDonald's All-American Game, the Capital Classic, and the Kentucky Derby Festival.
In 1979, Wilkins enrolled at the University of Georgia; playing for the Bulldogs, he averaged 21.6 points per game, and was named SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1981. Following his junior year, Wilkins dropped out of college to pursue his professional career.
Although he was selected by the Utah Jazz in the 1982 NBA draft, Wilkins did not want to play in Utah. Consequently, the Jazz traded him to the Atlanta Hawks months later. Among his early achievements, Wilkins scored his first Slam-Dunk Championship at the NBA All-Star Weekend during the 1984-1985 season. He finished the season with a 27.4 scoring average, and led the NBA in field-goal attempts. However, it was during the 1985-1986 season that Wilkins truly exploded. He won the league scoring title with an average of 30.3 points a game, and notched his first of nine NBA All-Star titles. Even greater heights were reached in the 1987-1988 season, when Wilkins posted the highest scoring average of his career, with 30.7. Although his scoring average dropped the next season, he was named an All-Star for the fourth consecutive year, and shot a career-best .844 from the free-throw line. Thanks to the contributions of Wilkins, the Hawks recorded four straight 50-win seasons across the 1980s.
More success for Wilkins came in the 1990-1991 season, when he averaged a career-best 9 rebounds and led the Hawks in scoring for the eighth consecutive year. Additionally, he made his sixth All-Star Game appearance, taking the East to a 116-114 victory over the West. Despite rupturing his Achilles tendon the following season, Wilkins was able to score the 20,000th point of his career, becoming only the 16th player to reach that mark. He fully recovered the next season, earning the NBA Comeback Player of the Year Award. In December of 1993, Wilkins set an NBA record for most free throws made in a game without a miss, sinking 23 shots against the Chicago Bulls.
After a little over 11 years with the Hawks, Wilkins was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1994. He would finish the season with a 26.0 scoring average, ranking fourth in the NBA. Following the end of the season, Wilkins became a free agent and signed with the Boston Celtics. Shortly afterward, he became part of what was known as "Dream Team II," and helped win the gold medal at the 1994 World Championship of Basketball.
Wilkins married his first wife, Nicole Berry, in 1992; they divorced in 2003. Together, they had four children: Alysandra, Aiysha, Chloe, and Danielle. In 2006, Wilkins wed Robin Campbell, with whom he has a son, Jacob.
Wilkins has been involved with various business endeavors in his post-playing career. Since 2004, he has served as the Atlanta Hawks' Vice President of Basketball, working in a number of management functions. He is also a color analyst for Hawks games on "FSN South." In 2010, he partnered with 24 Hour Fitness to develop his Dominique Wilkins Basketball Academy, which conducted camps, clinics, and trainings in Pearl City, Hawaii. Later, he launched the Wilkins Private Reserve wine label.
Dominique Wilkins is a retired American professional basketball player who has a net worth of $16 million. Dominique is best-known for playing 11 seasons with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.