Andy Phillip

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Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip, c. 1947.jpg
The Illio, 1947
Personal information
Born (1922-03-07)March 7, 1922
Granite City, Illinois
Died April 29, 2001(2001-04-29) (aged 79)
Rancho Mirage, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Granite City (Granite City, Illinois)
College Illinois (1941–1943, 1946–1947)
NBA draft 1947 / Round: -- / Pick: --
Selected by the Chicago Stags
Playing career 1947–1958
Position Guard
Number 19, 7, 4, 14, 17
Career history
As player:
19471950 Chicago Stags
19501952 Philadelphia Warriors
19521956 Fort Wayne Pistons
19561958 Boston Celtics
As coach:
1958 St. Louis Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 6,384 (9.1 ppg)
Rebound 2,395 (4.4 rpg)
Assists 3,759 (5.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Andrew Michael "Handy Andy"[1] Phillip (March 7, 1922 – April 29, 2001) was an American professional basketball player.[2] Born in Granite City, Illinois, Phillip had an 11-year career and played for the Chicago Stags of the Basketball Association of America and the Philadelphia Warriors, Fort Wayne Pistons and Boston Celtics, all of the National Basketball Association.

Phillip led his high school, Granite City, to the Illinois state championship in 1940, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign where he earned renown for his talents and for the Fighting Illini's success during war-interrupted, non-consecutive seasons in 1941–1943 and 1946–1947.[3]

He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Phillip served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in World War II at Iwo Jima.[4][5]

Phillip played in the first five NBA All-Star Games, and was twice named to the All-NBA Second Team, he was the first player to record 500 assists in a season, and led the NBA in assists during the 1950–51 and 1951–52 seasons. Phillip reached the postseason every year he was in the league,[2] and his teams made it to the NBA Finals during his final four seasons — twice with Fort Wayne and twice with Boston, the 1957 Boston team won the NBA Championship.

Phillip was alleged by one of his Fort Wayne Pistons teammates, George Yardley, to have conspired with gamblers to throw the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals.[6] In the decisive seventh game, Phillip turned the ball over with three seconds remaining in the game, enabling Syracuse to win by one point, 92-91.[7]

After retiring from playing basketball, he coached the St. Louis Hawks for 10 games in 1958, posting a 6-4 record before he was fired.[8] Phillip later coached the Chicago Majors of the American Basketball League.[9]

Phillip was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961. He was elected to the Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team in January 2005. In 2007, Phillip was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament", recognizing his superior performance in his appearance in the tournament.[10]

Phillip died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California on April 29, 2001, aged 79.[11]

Sports writer Dan Manoyan wrote a book about Phillip and his Granite City High School basketball teammates, titled Men of Granite, in 2007. A film based on the book, directed by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, began production in 2015.[12]

BAA/NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Phillip won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1947–48 Chicago 32 .336 .583 2.3 10.8
1948–49 Chicago 60 .348 .676 5.3 12.0
1949–50 Chicago 65 .349 .704 5.8 11.7
1950–51 Philadelphia 66 .399 .751 6.8 6.3* 11.2
1951–52 Philadelphia 66 44.4 .366 .753 6.6 8.2* 12.0
1952–53 Philadelphia/Fort Wayne 70 38.4 .397 .738 5.2 5.7 10.3
1953–54 Fort Wayne 71 38.1 .375 .730 3.7 6.3 10.6
1954–55 Fort Wayne 64 36.4 .371 .692 4.5 7.7 9.6
1955–56 Fort Wayne 70 29.7 .365 .563 3.7 5.9 5.8
1956–57 Boston 67 22.0 .379 .642 2.7 2.5 4.4
1957–58 Boston 70 16.6 .355 .592 2.3 1.7 3.4
Career 701 32.3 .368 .695 4.4 5.4 9.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1947–48 Chicago 5 .283 .714 .8 7.2
1948–49 Chicago 2 .389 1.000 6.0 19.5
1949–50 Chicago 2 .259 .769 6.0 12.0
1950–51 Philadelphia 2 .400 .500 7.5 7.0 7.5
1951–52 Philadelphia 3 40.7 .421 .792 4.7 7.3 11.7
1952–53 Fort Wayne 8 41.1 .338 .667 4.0 3.8 10.3
1953–54 Fort Wayne 4 34.0 .342 .750 3.0 4.3 8.8
1954–55 Fort Wayne 11 40.5 .323 .850 5.5 7.1 8.5
1955–56 Fort Wayne 10 17.3 .333 .440 2.6 3.5 2.9
1956–57 Boston 10 12.8 .364 .400 2.0 1.7 2.2
1957–58 Boston 10 9.1 .238 .778 1.4 .7 1.7
Career 67 25.4 .330 .700 3.3 3.7 6.4

Head coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
St. Louis 1958–59 10 6 4 .600 (fired)
Total 10 6 4 .177

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sport: Whiz Kids". Time. March 15, 1943. 
  2. ^ a b Andy Phillip Stats. Basketball Reference. Accessed on June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Illinois Basketball All-Time Rosters". Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Accessed on June 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sport: Whiz Kids, Grown Up". Time. December 23, 1946. 
  5. ^ Lamothe, Dan (2009-04-29). "Corps to induct 4 into Sports Hall of Fame". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  6. ^ The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of Basketball. By Charley Rosen. p. 154. 2001 Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1-58322-268-5
  7. ^ "City Hails Nats' World Title Triumph", Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, pp. 1, 45.
  8. ^ Andy Phillip Coaching Stats. Basketball Reference. Accessed on June 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Association for Professional Basketball Research American Basketball League page
  10. ^ IHSA 100 Legends of Boys Basketball
  11. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Andy Phillip, 79, Whiz Kid In College, All-Star in N.B.A.". The New York Times. May 4, 2001. Accessed on June 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Wright, Branson. "Men of Granite sports movie begins production in Cleveland next month". Cleveland.com. July 21, 2015. Accessed on June 9, 2017.

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