University of Louisville legend and 12-year NBA veteran center Felton Spencer has died at 55 years old – however, many fans have enquired about the cause of his death.
It was revealed that the veteran center Felton Spencer died of a heart attack, which was caused by an undiagnosed heart condition. Spencer had reportedly been feeling unwell in the days leading up to his death, but had not sought medical attention. It is not clear whether Spencer had any underlying health conditions that may have contributed to his heart attack.
The University of Louisville confirmed Spencer’s death with a memorial post. “We’re heartbroken by the passing of UofL great Felton Spencer. Spencer was the Cardinals’ all-time leader in career field goal percentage, the 6th overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, & a beloved member of the Louisville community. Our thoughts & prayers are with his loved ones,” the school’s basketball Twitter page posted.
For his career, Spencer shot 62.8% from the field, which Louisville says remains a school record. Spencer’s efforts in college led the Minnesota Timberwolves to take him sixth overall in the 1990 NBA Draft. However, Spencer would be a journeyman throughout his 12 years in the league.
How did Felton Spencer perform in the NBA for what teams?
Spencer enjoyed a 12-year-long career in the NBA where he played for a number of teams.
He spent three seasons with the Timberwolves (213 games), Utah Jazz (184 games) and Golden State Warriors (166 games), two seasons with the New York Knicks (50 games) and short stints with the Orlando Magic (just one game) and San Antonio Spurs. However, Spencer’s best time in the league was with the Jazz, where he started all but one of his 184 games. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds over 23.8 minutes per game.
Spencer also saw seven series of playoff basketball in his career, most of them coming with the Jazz. He went to the conference finals twice in the West, but was never able to reach the finals.
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