An incredible athletic presence, at 6-foo-t 11, 270 pounds, Dawkins became known for his physical play and ferocious, backboard shattering dunks. During the 1979-80 season he shattered the backboard in games on two occasions. He never reached superstar status, but he was a solid big man. He played 15 years with four teams, the Sixers, New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, and Utah Jazz. His career average was 12 points per game.
His athletic style of play is very similar to Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons today. Dawkins was also quite the character. He claimed to be born on the planet Lovetron, and had names for his dunks like the: “The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Glass-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Babies-Crying, Glass-Still-Flying, Cats-Crying, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Thank You-Wham-Bam-I-Am-Jam.” Here is a posting of Dawkins’ top 20 dunks, including his two backboard breakers.