Dan Roundfield, a former All-Star for the Atlanta Hawks, drowned while swimming off the island of Aruba, the National Basketball Association team said. He was 59.
The 6-foot-8 Roundfield played 11 seasons in the NBA from 1976 to 1987, including six seasons with the Hawks. A forward and center, he averaged 14.3 points and 9.2 rebounds over his career, was selected to three All-Star teams and made the NBA’s all-defensive squad five times.
Dominique Wilkins, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame who spent 11 seasons with the Hawks, said he was stunned by the news of Roundfield’s death. Roundfield was on vacation and swimming with his wife yesterday when they were caught in rough water off the southern tip of the Caribbean island, the Associated Press reported, citing Aruba police.
“Danny’s one of my closest friends and he was a tremendous influence on my NBA career, on and off the court,” Wilkins said in a statement. “He taught me how to be a professional and took me under his wing.”
Roundfield managed to get his wife safely to some rocks, but was swept away in the current and drowned, Aruba police spokesman John Larmonie told the AP. Roundfield’s body was trapped by rocks when recovered by search teams about 90 minutes later, according to the AP.
Roundfield is survived by his wife, Bernadette, sons Christopher and Corey, and their grandchildren, the Hawks said.