It has been reported that former Atlanta Hawks' All-Star forward/center Dan Roundfield drowned yesterday off the coast of Aruba. Roundfield's family has confirmed his passing. Roundfield's wife was having trouble in the water on Baby Beach and Dan went in to help her. His wife returned to shore but it sounds like the undercurrent took Roundfield out to sea. His body was found an hour later under some rocks, according to The Aruba Herald. A spokesman for the Aruba police told the Associated Press that Roundfield's wife went beyond the protected reef area and got caught in rough waters, while the two were vacationing.
Roundfield was drafted in the 1975 NBA Draft, 28th overall (10th pick in the second round) by the Cleveland Cavaliers out of Central Michigan University. He was listed at 6'8" and 205 pounds, with his game being described as a defensive stopper with a nice mid-range jump shot. As a free agent he joined the Hawks in 1978 and played in Atlanta through the 1983-84 season. He was an All Star in 1980, 81 and 82; he was also second team All NBA in the 1979-80 season. He also made the NBA All Defensive Team in five out of his 12 season in the league. After the 1984 season Roundfield was traded to the Detroit Pistons for Cliff Levingston, Antoine Carr and two draft picks.
Dan Roundfield is survived by his wife, Bernie, sons Christopher and Corey along with the grandchildren. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Roundfield family.
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