No. 51 – ‘The Ivory Tower’ in Houston


The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Jim Petersen

Jim Petersen had a unique nickname during his career.

Name: Jim Petersen

Position: Forward/Center

Vitals: 6-foot-10, 235 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 22, 1962

College: Minnesota

Drafted in 1984: 51st overall (No. 4 in third round) by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: After the Rockets took center Hakeem Olajuwon with No. 1 overall in 1984, they paired him with the No. 1 pick from 1983, center Ralph Sampson. Those two All-Star big men gave the Rockets their “Twin Towers”, as they were known. And, with the 51st pick in the ’84 Draft, Houston selected Jim Petersen – who was affectionately called “The Ivory Tower.”

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