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Throwback Thursday: Tharon Mayes (1990-92)

By Matt Dykstra | July 19, 2017

After going undrafted in the 1990 NBA Draft, Tharon Mayes began his professional basketball career with the Sioux Falls Skyforce during the 1990-91 season. Mayes took the league by storm, scoring over 1,500 points in just 67 games spanning two seasons with Sioux Falls.

Mayes’ first official NBA call-up was to the Los Angeles Clippers on March 3, 1992, though he had begun the 1991 season with the Philadelphia 76ers prior to being released, returning to Sioux Falls. Mayes was named to the CBA All-Rookie Team during the ’90-91 season, and was also voted to the CBA All-Star game, where he put up 13 points and seven rebounds.

Sioux Falls Skyforce Career Statistics

  G MIN FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3PT% REB AST STL PTS
Total 67 2240 541 1188 .455 374 455 .822 115 331 .347 235 302 136 1571
Per Game 33.4 8.1 17.7 .455 5.5 6.8 .822 1.7 4.9 .347 3.5 4.5 2.0 23.4

 

NBA Career Statistics (Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers)

  G MIN FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3PT% REB AST STL PTS
Total 24 255 30 99 .303 24 36 .667 15 41 .366 16 35 16 99
Per Game 10.6 1.3 4.1 .303 1.0 1.5 .667 0.6 1.7 .366 0.7 1.5 0.7 3.0

 

Mayes went on to play seven more seasons of professional basketball, drifting between playing overseas and for various CBA and minor league basketball teams across the United States.

Mayes is also the step-father of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who recently went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. After following in his step-father’s footsteps and attending Florida State University, Rathan-Mayes will reportedly join the New York Knicks for the NBA Summer League in Orlando, Florida in pursuit of making an NBA training camp roster.