One of the most talented and troubled big men of the 1980s NBA is dead.
Roy Tarpley died Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. He was 50. The cause of death has not been confirmed.
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Tarpley was one of the poster boys for the NBA’s drug problems in the 1980s.
The Mavericks picked the 6-11 Tarpley seventh overall out of Michigan in the 1986 NBA Draft. He was selected five slots after Maryland’s Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose shortly after the draft. Tarpley was taken four spots after N.C. State's Chris Washburn and a spot after Memphis State's William Bedford, who both had their careers w