NBA legend Darryl Dawkins, aka, “Chocolate Thunder,” known for his mad dunking skills, has died. He was 58.

Dawkins’ career in the NBA ended in 1989. He then toured with the Harlem Globetrotters.


Darryl Dawkins dies

Dawkins was the first basketball player to be drafted to the NBA straight outta high school when he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975. The guy was a pioneer of the monster dunk — and threw down with such force that he shattered TWO backboards in 1979. h/t tmz

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dawkins family, friends and fans at this difficult time.