Derek Strong

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Derek Strong
Personal information
Born (1968-02-09) February 9, 1968 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Pacific Palisades
(Los Angeles, California)
College Xavier (1987–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1990–2003
Position Power forward
Number 35, 20, 31, 7, 33, 30
Career history
1990–1991 Huesca La Magia
1991 Miami Tropics
1992 Washington Bullets
1992–1993 Quad City Thunder
19931994 Milwaukee Bucks
1994–1995 Boston Celtics
1995–1996 Los Angeles Lakers
19972000 Orlando Magic
2000–2001 Los Angeles Clippers
2002–2003 Columbus Riverdragons
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,088 (6.8 ppg)
Rebounds 2,213 (4.9 rpg)
Assists 291 (0.6 apg)
Stats at

Derek Lamar Strong (born February 9, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in ten National Basketball Association (NBA) seasons from 1991 to 2001 for six different teams. A 6'8" forward from Xavier University, Strong was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (47th pick overall) of the 1990 NBA draft. Strong has successfully transitioned into stock car racing.

Professional Basketball Career

Strong played for the Washington Bullets, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers.

In his NBA career, Strong played in 456 games and scored a total of 3,088 points. His best year as a professional came during the 1997–98 season as a member of the Magic, appearing in 58 games and averaging 12.7 ppg.

In 1992–93, Strong was named the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) Most Valuable Player, while playing with the Quad City Thunder.[1]

NASCAR career

During his tenure in the NBA, Derek was an avid NASCAR fan and remained committed to pursuing this childhood dream when his playing days ended. Strong transitioned into a professional stock car driver and owner of Strong Racing Team Derek is the first NBA player to successfully transition into stock car racing. Strong Racing is the first team in NASCAR history to have African-American female owners – Dawn Whitaker and Erika Hill.[2] Strong Racing is a Stock Car Racing Team that competes in ASA and NASCAR Racing events. Strong Racing is managed by Stuart Lycett and is based in Los Angeles.[3]


Strong supports many charities including The Music City Motorsports Institute, a non-profit associated with Strong Racing that seeks to motivate and inspire students to achieve academic success with an educational platform of learning, discovery and fun in the motor sports industry.[4] Co-owner of Strong Racing, Erika Hill is also the co-founder of Peace International, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to build schools in remote areas throughout the world.[5]


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