Unlike neighborhood friends Mark Aguirre who was the NBAs #1 pick in the 1981 draft and Isaiah Thomas who was #2, Eddie had a lot to prove when he entered the NBA with no guarantee of making the team. Despite the odds of having to impress Kings Head Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons and compete against incumbent players, Eddie proved his value and went on to play 17 years in the NBA and one season in Greece. He played for the Kansas City Kings (1981-1985), Sacramento Kings (1985-1987), Phoenix Suns (1987-1990), Seattle Supersonics (1990-1993), Charlotte Hornets (1993-1994), Olympiacos in Athens, Greece (1994-1995), Indiana Pacers (1995-1997) and Houston Rockets (1997-1999).
In 1989, Eddie won the NBA “6th Man of the Year award as a player for the Phoenix Suns when he averaged 21.5 points while averaging only 29 minutes per game. Although he never realized his dream of winning an NBA championship he came close four times by reaching the conference finals in 1989, 1990, 1993 and 1997.
The only professional championship Eddie did win was in Greece during the 1993-1994 seasons. That season, he decided to take a break from the NBA and took his family and talent to Europe in order to experience a new culture; it turned out to be one of the greatest years of his life. In 1997, he topped his European experience with the Houston Rockets as a 38 year old, when he scored 31 points in a conference final game three win against the Utah Jazz. In game four of that same series, he swished a 27 foot jump shot at the buzzer to tie the series 2-2. Two years later, at age 40, Eddie decided to retire. He left the NBA as its 32nd all-time leading scorer (19,202), having the distinction of being the player who has scored the most points in the history of the league and to never make an All-Star team. Currently, Eddie has scored more points than all but 17 players elected to the NBA Hall of Fame.