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Biography

onald James MacLean (born January 16, 1970 in Palo Alto, California) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA, as well as holding the distinction of being the all-time scoring leader at UCLA.

He was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1992 NBA Draft but was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers who in turn traded him to the Washington Bullets.

After graduating from Simi Valley High School in Simi Valley, California where he was an All-American, he played in college at UCLA from 1989 to 1992. He still holds the school record for points scored, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (formerly known as Lew Alcindor) in his senior year.

MacLean tested positive for steroids in 2000, although Charles Barkley came to his defense, saying, "I've seen Don MacLean naked, and he doesn't use steroids."

MacLean, along with his 1994-95 Washington Bullets teammates Rex Chapman, Tom Gugliotta, and Scott Skiles, all reunited in Phoenix in 1999-2000 when Chapman, Gugliotta, and MacLean were Suns players and Skiles was the head coach. As highly productive scoring Bullets teammates in 1994-95, Chapman averaged 16.2 points per game (ranked 4th highest on the team), Gugliotta averaged 16.0 (5th on the team), Skiles averaged 13.0 (6th on the team), and MacLean averaged 11.0 (7th on the team). However, as Suns teammates, Gugliotta averaged 13.7 (5th on the team), Chapman averaged only 6.6 (9th on the team), and MacLean averaged only 2.6 (15th on the team).

MacLean currently serves as a studio analyst for Los Angeles Clippers basketball on Fox Sports Net West/Prime Ticket.

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  • Selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round (19th pick overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft
  • Draft rights traded by the Pistons with William Bedford to the Los Angeles Clippers for Olden Polynice and 1996 and 1997 second-round draft choices on 6/24/92
  • Draft rights traded by the Clippers with William Bedford to the Washington Bullets for John Williams on 10/8/92
  • Traded by the Bullets with Doug Overton to the Denver Nuggets for Robert Pack on 10/30/95
  • Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia 76ers on 7/16/96
  • Traded by the 76ers with Michael Cage, Lucious Harris and the draft rights to Keith Van Horn to the New Jersey Nets for Jim Jackson, Eric Montross and the draft rights to Tim Thomas and Anthony Parker on 6/27/97
  • Traded by the Nets with Michael Cage to the Seattle SuperSonics for Jim McIlvaine on 1/21/99
  • Traded by the Sonics with Dale Ellis, Billy Owens and the draft rights to Corey Maggette to the Orlando Magic for Horace Grant and two future second-round draft choices on 6/30/99
  • Traded by Magic with future first-round draft choice to Houston Rockets as part of three-way deal in which Rockets also received draft rights to G Steve Francis and F Tony Massenburg from Vancouver Grizzlies, Magic received Michael Smith, Rodrick Rhodes, Lee Mayberry and Makhtar Ndiaye from Grizzlies, and Grizzlies received Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Brent Price, Antoine Carr and future first-round draft choice from Rockets on 8/27/99
  • Signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns on 3/13/2000
  • Re-signed by the Suns for the remainder of the season on 4/2/00
  • Signed as a free agent by the Miami Heat on 9/13/00
  • Traded by the Heat with cash to the Toronto Raptors in a three-team deal in which the Heat received Chris Gatling from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cavaliers received Ricky Davis from the Heat and Brian Skinner from the Raptors on 10/26/01


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