Xavier McDaniel

Xavier Maurice McDaniel (born June 4, 1963), nicknamed the X-Man, is an American retired professional basketball player who, at 6 ft 7 in, played both small forward and power forward.

Xavier McDaniel
Personal information
Born (1963-06-04) June 4, 1963
Columbia, South Carolina
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolA.C. Flora (Columbia, South Carolina)
CollegeWichita State (1981–1985)
NBA draft1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career1985–1998
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
Number34, 35, 32, 31
Career history
19851990Seattle SuperSonics
1990–1991Phoenix Suns
1991–1992New York Knicks
19921995Boston Celtics
1995–1996Iraklis Thessaloniki
19961998New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points13,606 (15.6 ppg)
Rebounds5,313 (6.1 rpg)
Assists1,775 (2.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2013


While at Wichita State, McDaniel was the first person to lead the nation in both rebounding and scoring in the same season. In college, McDaniel began to shave both his head and his eyebrows to look more intimidating. He continued this all throughout his pro career.

For his first two seasons at Wichita State, the Shockers were on NCAA probation. He was a teammate his freshman year of future NBA players Antoine Carr and Cliff Levingston. When Levingston left for the NBA, McDaniel became a starter and averaged 18.8 points and 14.4 rebounds as power forward opposite Carr. The following season, Carr left, and McDaniel raised his scoring average to 20.6 points per game and was the Missouri Valley Conference MVP. He then led the nation in scoring (27.4) and rebounding (15.0) his senior season becoming the first player to do so.


Seattle Supersonics

McDaniel was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round (4th overall)[1] of the 1985 NBA draft and became an instant starter. He averaged 17.1 points per game and finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year balloting to Patrick Ewing.[2]

His second season, he was one of a trio of 20 ppg scorers with the SuperSonics along with Dale Ellis and Tom Chambers. The SuperSonics made it all the way to the Western Conference finals that season. He averaged over 20 points per game for the next three seasons as a Sonic, including the 1988–89 season when he was used primarily as a bench player.

Phoenix Suns

McDaniel was traded fifteen games into the 1990–91 season to the Phoenix Suns for Eddie Johnson and two draft picks. While the trade reunited him with teammate Tom Chambers, it didn't produce the results the Suns were looking for. At season's end, he was dealt to the New York Knicks.

New York Knicks

In the Knicks he was a perfect fit in coach Pat Riley's physical style. He gained some notoriety for playing the Chicago Bulls' Scottie Pippen tough in a grueling seven-game playoff series that the Bulls won on their way to their second NBA title.


McDaniel finished out his career with the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets before retiring after the 1997–98 season.

European basketball

In 1995, McDaniel moved to Europe, to play with the Greek club Iraklis Thessaloniki. With Iraklis, he was a Greek Cup finalist, in March 1996. During the FIBA EuroLeague 1995–96 season, he averaged 18.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.[3]

Television and film appearances

McDaniel had a brief cameo in the 1992 film Singles. One of the film's main characters, Steve Dunne (Campbell Scott), is having sex and begins fantasizing about a locker room interview with McDaniel in order to delay orgasm. At the end of the otherwise normal interview McDaniel says "Steve, don't cum yet." A year later McDaniel was featured on the sitcom Married... with Children in the episode "A Tisket, a Tasket, Can Peg Make a Basket?" McDaniel played an NBA All-Star in who roughs up lead character Al Bundy after his wife pesters the All-Star during a basketball match.

After retiring McDaniel appeared on Spike TV's televised slamball games where he coached the Riders squad in 2003. Afterwards he made a few appearances on the reality TV game show Pros vs. Joes in 2006. Xavier McDaniel played on the Orange "All-Star" Team with fellow NBA star Clyde Drexler on an episode of Pros vs Joes, who coincidentally also appeared with McDaniel on the same Married... with Children episode 13 years earlier.

McDaniel also appeared on the MTV2 game show Pros vs. Joes airing in 2011. Two joes beat McDaniel in a basketball competition.

Personal life

His daughter, Xylina, a 6'2" forward, was one of 36 girls that were invited in June 2010 to participate in the United States Under-17 basketball team trials.[4] She now plays for the North Carolina Tar Heels.[5] His son, Xavier McDaniel Jr. won a state championship in 2015 for Hammond School, with current North Carolina guard Seventh Woods. Xavier is a forward at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

1985–86 Seattle 828033.0.490.200.6878.
1986–87 Seattle 828237.0.509.214.6968.
1987–88 Seattle 787734.7.488.280.7156.
1988–89 Seattle 821029.1.489.306.7325.
1989–90 Seattle 696735.2.496.294.7336.
1990–91 Seattle-Phoenix 817935.3.490.000.7106.
1991–92 New York 828228.6.478.308.7145.
1992–93 Boston 822727.0.495.273.7936.
1993–94 Boston 82524.0.461.244.6764.
1994–95 Boston 681521.0.451.286.7124.
1996–97 New Jersey 62518.9.389.200.7305.
1997–98 New Jersey 2009.0.333.6251.
Career 87052929.0.485.261.7186.
All-Star 1013.0.1112.


1987 Seattle 141437.7.488.200.6078.
1988 Seattle 5536.0.556.500.5009.
1989 Seattle 8835.1.403.333.7568.
1991 Phoenix 4425.3.415.000.6673.
1992 New York 121238.2.477.250.7357.
1993 Boston 4031.5.415.000.6674.
1995 Boston 4014.
Career 514334.0.464.282.6677.

See also


  1. Basketball-Reference.com 1985 NBA Draft, 1985 NBA Draft. Accessed July 19, 2010.
  2. Basketball-Reference.com 1985-86 NBA Awards Voting, 1985–86 NBA Awards Voting. Accessed July 19, 2010.
  4. Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.82, Published by Time Inc.
  5. Xylina McDaniel 2012 High School Girls' Basketball News - ESPNHS
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