Pat Cummings, Former New York Knicks Forward, Dies at 55

Pat Cummings
Pat Cummings #42 of the New York Knicks drives against Steve Johnson #33 of the Portland Trailblazers during a game played at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon circa 1986. Photographer: Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images

Pat Cummings, who played with the New York Knicks in the 1980s, was found dead in his New York apartment, according to the Medical Examiner’s office. He was 55.

A cause of death has yet to be determined. Foul play wasn’t suspected, according to a statement from the office.

The 6-foot-9 Cummings, a native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, played forward and center for five teams in the National Basketball Association over 12 seasons, from 1979-80 to 1990-91.

A two-time All-Metro Conference selection while at the University of Cincinnati, Cummings was the conference Player of the Year as a senior. His .642 shooting percentage that season remains a school record.

He was drafted by Milwaukee in the third round in 1978 but completed his college eligibility. He played his first three NBA seasons with the Bucks.

“Pat was obviously a great shooter and made a big impact as one of the best players in the history of our program,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said in a statement on the school’s website. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Cummings was signed by the Knicks as a free agent in 1984. Playing alongside forward Bernard King in his first of four seasons in New York, the 6-foot-9 Cummings averaged 15.8 points per game in 1984-85. He averaged 15.7 points the next season playing with rookie Patrick Ewing.

Over his NBA career, Cummings averaged 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. He also played for Dallas, Miami and Utah.

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