Born November 16, 1956 Wayne Cooper played in the NBA mainly as a Centre/Forward during their playing career, season(s): 1979-1992. Artis Wayne Cooper is a retired American professional basketball player. He was born in Milan, Georgia. Cooper was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft. A 6 ft 10 in forward-center from the University of New Orleans, Cooper played in 14 NBA seasons from 1978 to 1992.