Utah Basketball officially retires legend Tom Chambers’ jersey
SALT LAKE CITY –The University of Utah basketball program officially retired legend Tom Chambers’ jersey Saturday night against the Oregon Ducks.
Utah basketball put Tom Chambers’ jersey in the rafters at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. He becomes the ninth Runnin’ Utes player to have his jersey retired in program history.
It comes less than a month after Wat Misaka’s No.20 jersey was honored and put in the rafters.
Successful career for Tom Chambers with Utah Basketball
Chambers was twice selected by the All-Western Athletic Conference during his time in Utah from 1977-1981. He helped the Runnin’ Utes to two NCAA tournaments, including a berth in the Sweet 16 in 1981 when Utah won the WAC title. After a successful career at Utah, Chambers was ranked eighth overall in the 1981 NBA Draft by the San Diego Clippers.
Chambers led the team in scoring in his final three years and rebounded in the past two seasons with the program. He ranks ninth in career points with 1,698 and 10th with 876 rebounds, sixth in field goals with 691 and 10th in field goals attempted with 1,249.
As a sophomore, Chambers averaged a team-best 16 points per game and helped Utah reach the NCAA Tournament as a WAC runner-up. As a junior, Chambers averaged 17.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. During his senior campaign, the Ogden, Utah native averaged 18.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, helping the Runnin’ Utes to a share of the WAC title and a berth in the Sweet 16.
In the NBA, Chambers was a four-time All-Star from 1981 to 1997. He played 16 seasons for six different teams, including the San Diego Clippers (1981-83), Seattle SuperSonics (1983-88), Utah Jazz ( 1993-95), the Charlotte Hornets (1997) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1997). During his time in the NBA, Chambers scored 20,049 points, averaging 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
He earned All-Star Game MVP honors in 1987 with 34 points and made an NBA Finals in 1993 with the Suns.
Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, co-host of the Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.