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Clutch City: Otis Thorpe

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:39 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


Otis Thorpe was the rugged, defensive-minded power forward on Houston's 1994 championship team.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Otis Thorpe

Position: Forward

Stats in 1993-94 season: 14.0 ppg, 2.3 apg, 10.6 rpg, 0.8 spg

His part in Clutch City: A classic, rugged power forward, Thorpe played the longest stretch -- 6½ seasons -- of his 17-year NBA career in Houston and was a cornerstone of the 1994 championship team. He at one time played in 542 straight games and often drew the toughest defensive assignments on the front line. He could score effectively in the low post and run the floor to finish on the fast break.

After Clutch City: After starting on the 1994 championship team, Thorpe was traded midway through the next season for Clyde Drexler and Tracy Murray. He played for a nine NBA teams in all and retired after the 2001 season in Charlotte with career totals of more than 17,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. He lives with his wife and family in the Austin, Texas area, where he is enjoying retirement (mostly on the golf course).