Uwe Blab, pronounced OOH-vay Blop, (born March 26, 1962 in Munich, Germany) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1985 NBA draft and played for the Mavs from 1985-1989.
Blab attended high school at Effingham High in Effingham, Illinois and, during his junior year, led his team to a second place finish in the Illinois State High School Basketball tournament,
He elected to attend Indiana University and play for coach Bob Knight. Blab was the tallest player in Indiana history and a four-year letterman. During his time with the Hoosiers, they won the Big Ten championship in 1983 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in 1984.
Blab saw his numbers increase in each of his four years growing from 7.5 points per game and 3.7 boards, as a freshman, to 16.0 ppg and 6.3 rebounds his senior season. As a junior, Blab led the Big Ten with 36 blocked shots in conference play. Speaking about Blab, Coach Knight said, "I've never had a kid play for me whom I'm prouder of than Blab. He works and has tremendous heart."
In 1984, with West Germany, and again in 1993, with a unified German team, Blab competed in the Olympic games.
The Mavs drafted Blab with the seventeenth overall selection in 1985. Most of his action, during his four years in Dallas, came off the bench posting his best numbers during his first year in the league with 2.6 ppg and 1.9 rpg. He was part of Mavericks playoff teams in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
After leaving the Mavs, Blab played just one more season split between the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings before ending his five-year NBA career after the 1990-91 season.
He went to Europe following the 1989-1990 season and played one season for Filodoro Napoli of the Italian League and two years with ALBA Berlin in the German league.
Today Blab lives outside of Austin Texas, on a 68-acre ranch and is a Vice President with Paragon Scientific Corporation.