Former NBA and college basketball star and longtime NASCAR fan Brad Daugherty joined ESPN as a NASCAR analyst in 2007. He is a regular on the NASCAR Countdown program that precedes all NASCAR race telecasts and was an analyst on the former ESPN2 program NASCAR Now.
Daugherty previously served as a college basketball sideline reporter and analyst for ESPN and ABC (1999-2001), covering the ACC telecasts. Before coming to ESPN, Daugherty served as a game analyst for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers from 1996-1998 on the Hometown 43/Cavaliers Television Network. In that time, he also worked as an analyst for the San Antonio Spurs.
Daugherty played eight seasons in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected the 7-foot center as the No. 1 pick in the 1986 draft. A five-time All-Star, Daugherty averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds a game in his career, which was cut short because of recurring back problems. He sat out the last part of the 1994-95 season and missed the following two years before retiring. His No. 43 jersey, a number he wore in honor of Richard Petty, was retired by the Cavs in 1997.
A 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Daugherty joined the Tar Heels as a 16-year-old freshman. He was a two-time All-ACC player and a first-team All-America in his senior year, when he averaged 20.2 points and 9 rebounds per game.
A native of Black Mountain, N.C., Daugherty was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May 2001. He is an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.
Daugherty’s fascination with racing dates to his childhood, when he met Richard Petty in 1977 at Daytona International Speedway. Ten years later, Daugherty got serious about his interest in racing and co-founded a late-model stock race team in 1987 with driver Robert Pressley. The team competed in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Mid-Atlantic Region, winning the regional championship in 1987 and 1988. In 1989, the team moved up to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In just his 12th start at that level, Pressley earned his first Nationwide Series victory at Orange County Speedway in North Carolina.
Daugherty later supported and mentored several up-and-coming drivers as an owner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Craftsman Truck Series, including Wayne Anderson, the late Kenny Irwin Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Irwin won two Truck Series races for Daugherty in 1997, the first in March at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the second in June at Texas Motor Speedway. In 2008, he became part owner of JTG-Daugherty Motorsports, which fields cars in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
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