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Melvin Turpin

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Melvin Turpin

(1960 – 2010)

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Melvin Turpin

Melvin Turpin
(1960 – 2010)

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Melvin Turpin

(1960 – 2010)
About Melvin
This is an online tribute dedicated to Melvin Harrison Turpin. Melvin Turpin was an American professional basketball player.
A 6'11" center, Mel Turpin was born in Lexington, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky for four seasons before being drafted as the sixth overall pick in the first round by the Washington Bullets in the 1984 NBA Draft, and immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was a dominant center in college, scoring 42 points against Tennessee as a junior by making 18 of 22 shots from the field. He similarly dominated LSU as a senior, shooting 15 of 17 from the floor and five of six from the foul line. As a professional, however, Melvin Turpin struggled with his weight,
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and after five seasons with the Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and the Bullets, he retired.
As evidenced in post-retirement interviews, however, Turpin maintained a healthy sense of humor in regards to his disappointing career, telling Sports Illustrated: "In my day, they thought the big man was supposed to be thin. They didn't know too much. It was medieval".
Melvin Turpin passed away on 8 July 2010. This is an online memorial in memory of his life and his career.
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Melvin Turpin

This is an online tribute dedicated to Melvin Harrison Turpin. Melvin Turpin was an American professional basketball player.
A 6'11" center, Mel Turpin was born in Lexington, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky for four seasons before being drafted as the sixth overall pick in the first round by the Washington Bullets in the 1984 NBA Draft, and immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was a dominant center in college, scoring 42 points against Tennessee as a junior by making 18 of 22 shots from the field. He similarly dominated LSU as a senior, shooting 15 of 17 from the floor and five of six from the foul line. As a professional, however, Melvin Turpin struggled with his weight,...

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