Career stats: 12.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.0 APG
Years active: 1986-1990, 1994
Substance(s) involved: Cocaine, Alcohol
A star at the University of Michigan during the mid-1980s, Tarpley was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the seventh overall pick in 1986, and entered the league with the ability to play at both the center and power forward position. However, the uber-talented big man had other things on his mind when his first NBA paychecks started rolling in. During his fourth and fifth seasons in the league, Tarpley was flagged for three separate violations involving drugs and alcohol, earning himself a ban from the league in 1991. Though he was later reinstated in 1994, Tarpley again blew his shot at redemption for drinking alcohol and violating the terms of his return. Some guys just never learn.