Former Sixth Man of the Year Roy Tarpley dies at 50

Due to personal trouble, Roy Tarpley only played two full seasons. (USATSI)
Due to personal trouble, Roy Tarpley only played two full seasons. (USATSI)

Former Mavericks center Roy Tarpley has died at the age of 50. Tarpley, who won the Sixth Man of the Year award while playing for Dallas in 1988, battled addiction for much of his life. 

He was suspended multiple times by the league after being arrested for driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest between 1989 and 1994, according to the Dallas Morning News. Tarpley was banned from the league in 1995 for violating the terms of his aftercare program.

The Mavericks released this statement about the loss of Tarpley: "The Dallas Mavericks organization is deeply saddened upon hearing the death of former Sixth Man of the Year Roy Tarpley. Our deepest condolences go out to his family. Mavs fans everywhere will remember him fondly."

In his NBA career, Tarpley averaged 12.6 points and 10.0 rebounds. In 1987-88, Tarpley averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, leading to his Sixth Man of the Year award.

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