Larry Nance Sr is an former professional basketball player. A forward from Clemson University, he helped them to an Elite Eight Appearnce in his junior year.
Nance played 13 seasons in the NBA as a member of the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers. Nance scored 15,687 career points and grabbed 7,352 career rebounds, but he is perhaps best known as the first winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1984. Nance was a model of consistency throughout his NBA career. He averaged over 16 points and 8 rebounds per game for all eleven seasons as a starter. His best scoring average year was in the 1986–1987 NBA season, where he averaged 22.5 points per game. Larry Nance was a 3-time NBA All-Star 1985, 1989, and 1993, and an NBA All-Defensive Team First Team member in 1989, and a Second Team Member in 1992 and 1993.
Upon his retirement, he held the league record for most blocked shots by any player other than a center. Nance now owns a 1967 "Catch 22" Camaro NHRA drag racer, which his team races on weekends.