ATLANTA, August 8, 2012 -The Atlanta Hawks organization today has received official confirmation on the death of Dan Roundfield.  The 59-year-old Roundfield was vacationing with his family in Aruba when he drowned on Monday.

A six-year veteran with the Hawks from 1978-79 to 1983-84, Danny was named to three NBA All-Star teams (1980-82) and second-team All-NBA (1979-80) during his time in Atlanta.  He spent 11 seasons in the NBA, playing for the Indiana Pacers (1976-78), Detroit Pistons (1984-85) and Washington Bullets (1985-87) in addition to his time with the Hawks, and was selected to five NBA All-Defensive teams. 

Selected the 28th pick overall by Cleveland in the 1975 Draft, the Detroit native attended Chadsey High and played collegiately at Central Michigan University.  Danny was the 1975 Mid-American Conference’s Player of the Year and was chosen twice to the MAC All-Conference team.

Danny is survived by his wife Bernadette, his sons Christopher and Corey and their grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.


"The Atlanta Hawks family is deeply saddened by the passing of Danny Roundfield, who died Monday, August 6, in Aruba.  Danny represented the Hawks with dignity and pride both on and off the court, and this is a tragic loss for us all.  Our hearts go out to the Roundfield family, his wife Bernadette, his two sons Christopher and Corey, and his grandchildren." – Danny Ferry, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager

“Danny was the most honest and upfront person I knew, and I’m very stunned at hearing the news of his death.  Danny’s one of my closest friends and he was a tremendous influence on my NBA career, on and off the court.  He taught me how to be a professional and took me under his wing.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, I will truly miss him.” – Dominique Wilkins, former teammate and Basketball Hall of Famer