Former Central Michigan and NBA star Dan Roundfield reportedly drowns in Aruba

August 7, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Some awful news being reported by the Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDan Roundfield, a former Central Michigan and NBA star, has reportedly drowned in Aruba:

Former Hawks All-Star Dan Roundfield drowned yesterday off the coast of Aruba, according to an report.

The report said Roundfield’s wife became distressed while swimming at Baby Beach and Roundfield tried to assist her. His body was found an hour later, according to the report.

The Aruba Herald reported that witnesses saw the woman return to shore but that Roundfield was taken out to sea. Roundfield’s body was found under some rocks, the Herald reported.

The couple were vacationing at the Renaissance Resort.

Roundfield played 12 seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Atlanta Hawks. He was a three-time All-Star and made several All-Defense teams. He averaged nearly 17 points and 14 rebounds per game during his career at Central Michigan. He played one season with the Detroit Pistons and was the player they sent to Washington in exchange for Rick Mahorn, a key piece of their first championship team.

Roundfield was 59-years-old. Prayers certainly go out to his family.