Danny Manning

Daniel Ricardo " Danny" Manning ( born May 17, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States) is a former American professional basketball player who played 1988-2003 in the National Basketball Association. Manning was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft 1988. 1998 he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.


Manning played four years for the University of Kansas. In 1988, he won the NCAA Championship with the Jayhawks. Manning finished his collegiate career as one of the best players of all time. So he left his university as the best points scorer and rebounder at the University history, as well as the most successful points scorer of the Big Eight Conference. Later he was awarded for the Big Eight Player of the Decade. Manning also took part in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul part and won with the national team the bronze medal.


When NBA Draft 1988 Manning was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers at the 1st digit. He played a total of six years for the Clippers. In 1993 and 1994 he was appointed to the NBA All- Star Game. During the 1993-1994 season he was traded in exchange for Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks. He stayed with the Hawks only until the end of the season and then moved to the Phoenix Suns. For the Suns, he took over the role of the sixth man. In 1998 he was, as the best bench player in the league, honored for his achievements with the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.

The last years of his career Manning played for different teams, but without having a key role. 2003 Manning finished his career.

During his 15 -year NBA career, Manning scored 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Coaching career

After the end of his career he returned to his former University of Kansas, where he could once again win the NCAA championship as an assistant coach in 2008. In 2012, Manning took over the position of coach at the University of Tulsa.