Ralph Lee Sampson (born 7 July 1960 Harrisonburg, Virginia ) is a retired American professional basketball player. From 1983 to 1992 he was active in the U.S. professional league NBA. The 2.21 m wide Sampson was during his time at the University of Virginia as the largest center talent basketball history and was elected three times to the player of the year in the college league NCAA. In the NBA Draft of 1983, he was drafted in the first place by the Houston Rockets. Together with Hakeem Olajuwon, who came to the Rockets a year later, Sampson formed a duo Center, which was known as the " Twin Towers ". After his first year as a pro Sampson was appointed as Rookie of the Year in the NBA All - Rookie Team. 1986 threw cited by Olajuwon and Sampson Rockets the reigning champions who. Los Angeles Lakers from the playoffs and played in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics of Larry Bird, where they were subject, however, In the following years, Sampson injured often, and was finally sold by the Rockets. After a few seasons with the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings Sampson in 1992 ended his career with the Washington Bullets. In 2012 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.