During his career in the National Basketball Association, John "Spider" Salley played on four championship teams, including the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan that many consider the sport's all-time greatest. His post-playing career has featured frequent television appearances, as well as scattered credits in motion pictures like Bad Boys II, Black Dynamite, and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
- Second all-time on Georgia Tech's career blocked-shots list; had his jersey number retired and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
- Nicknamed "Spider" for his defensive prowess.
- Drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 11th pick of the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft.
- Played 12 seasons in the NBA, both at power forward and center.
- First player in NBA history to win championships as a member of three different teams (Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers).
- Is a devout vegan.
- Owned a recording studio in Detroit, Hoops Sound Studio; discovered Grammy-winning R&B vocalist Tony Rich.