Purvis Short

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Purvis Short
No. 45, 10
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1957-07-02) July 2, 1957 (age 56)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Blair (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)
College Jackson State (1974–1978)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career 1978–1992
Career history
19781987 Golden State Warriors
19871989 Houston Rockets
1989–1990 New Jersey Nets
1991–1992 Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 14,607 (17.3 ppg)
Rebounds 3,625 (4.3 rpg)
Assists 2,123 (2.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Purvis Short (born July 2, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player, who starred with the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association during the 1980s. A 6'7" small forward, Short averaged 17.3 points per game over his twelve-season career in the NBA.

On November 17, 1984 in game against New Jersey, Short scored a career high 59 points. At the time, only 9 other players had scored more points in one game (Wilt Chamberlain doing it several times). After leaving the NBA in 1990, Short took a year off Basketball. In early 1991 he returned to play, this time in Israel for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Short led the team to a successful season that ended in a 3-2 loss to arch rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Playoff Final series. He retired after the end of the season, in 1992.

Short was affectionately nicknamed "Rainbowman" because of the distinctive rainbow-like high arc of his jump shots.

Purvis is the younger brother of Gene Short, another former NBA player.1


  1. ^ "Senate Concurrent Resolution 585". State of Mississippi. 2000. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 

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