Perkins was a star on Carolina's 1982 national championship team and was named First-Team All-American in 1984.
He was the fourth overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, where he played six seasons. He would then play with the LA Lakers, Seattle Sonics and Indiana Pacers over the next 11 years. His career season highs were 16.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in 1991-92 with the Lakers.
As Perkins grew older, he became an expert three-point marksman, perhaps one of the best for his size in NBA history. He was a career 36 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
"Sam was a consummate pro, an inspiration in the sense that at his age he never missed a practice, even when he was hurt," said Pacers president, and UNC grad, Donnie Walsh. "He knew how to play and he could play. Plus, he just had a great way about him."
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