Bailey Howell

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Bailey Howell
Personal information
Born (1937-01-20) January 20, 1937 (age 81)
Middleton, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Middleton (Middleton, Tennessee)
College Mississippi State (1956–1959)
NBA draft 1959 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 1959–1971
Position Small forward
Number 52, 18, 15, 16
Career history
19591964 Detroit Pistons
19641966 Baltimore Bullets
19661970 Boston Celtics
1970–1971 Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 17,770 (18.7 ppg)
Rebounds 9,383 (9.9 rpg)
Assists 1,853 (1.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Bailey E. Howell (born January 20, 1937) is an American former professional basketball player. He played twelve seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Howell was a 6'7" forward at Mississippi State University. Despite playing at the college level for only three years, he set and still holds Mississippi State records for single-game points scored, career scoring average, single-season and career free throws made, single-season and career free throws attempted, single-game free throw percentage, single-game rebounds, single-season rebounds, career rebounds, and single-season and career rebounding average. His scoring records are particularly impressive, since there was no three-point line or shot clock at the time that he played. He is considered a legend to the Bulldog basketball faithful, and one of the best-known players to have played at MSU. He is probably most known for his hook shot, rebounding ability, and work ethic as a player and person.

Howell played 12 seasons (1959–1971) in the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers. A six-time All-Star with 17,770 career points, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. He won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. The best years of his career were during his time with the Celtics and the Pistons.

After his career ended, he went to work with the Converse shoe company, particularly with the Converse All-Star. He resides in Starkville, Mississippi where he is very active in Mississippi State athletics fund-raising, specifically the Bulldog Club, an organized fund to pay for MSU athletic scholarships. He currently serves as an elder for the Starkville church of Christ.

On February 7, 2009 Howell's jersey (#52) was retired at halftime of the Mississippi State versus University of Arkansas game. Bailey is the first MSU basketball player to have his jersey retired. A banner displaying his number and years of play is now on permanent display in the Humphrey Coliseum.

The Bailey Howell Award is given annually to best collegiate basketball player in the state of Mississippi, the bronze statue that is awarded each year was designed by J. Kim Sessums.

The gymnasium at Middleton (TN) High School bears his name.

He is the father of Mississippi Board of Realtor's CEO Beth Hansen and father-in-law of current Florida Athletic Director, Scott Stricklin.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Howell won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1959–60 Detroit 75 31.3 .456 .739 10.5 0.8 17.8
1960–61 Detroit 77 38.3 .469 .753 14.4 2.5 23.6
1961–62 Detroit 79 36.2 .464 .768 12.6 2.4 19.9
1962–63 Detroit 79 37.6 .516 .798 11.5 2.9 22.7
1963–64 Detroit 77 35.1 .472 .809 10.1 2.7 21.6
1964–65 Baltimore 80 37.2 .495 .801 10.9 2.6 19.5
1965–66 Baltimore 78 29.8 .488 .730 9.9 2.0 17.5
1966–67 Boston 81 30.9 .512 .741 8.4 1.3 20.0
1967–68 Boston 82 34.2 .481 .727 9.8 1.6 19.8
1968–69 Boston 78 32.4 .487 .735 8.8 1.8 19.7
1969–70 Boston 82 25.3 .429 .763 6.7 1.5 12.6
1970–71 Philadelphia 82 19.4 .472 .730 5.4 1.4 10.7
Career 950 32.2 .480 .762 9.9 2.0 18.7
All-Star 6 13.5 .394 .750 1.7 1.3 5.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1960 Detroit 2 36.0 .341 .750 8.5 1.5 17.0
1961 Detroit 5 30.8 .351 .696 9.2 4.4 11.2
1962 Detroit 10 37.8 .423 .827 9.6 2.3 20.0
1963 Detroit 4 40.8 .375 .852 10.5 2.8 17.8
1965 Baltimore 9 38.9 .515 .757 11.7 2.1 20.8
1966 Baltimore 3 31.3 .460 .727 10.0 0.7 18.0
1967 Boston 9 26.8 .484 .667 7.3 0.6 15.3
1968 Boston 19 31.4 .511 .692 7.7 1.2 18.1
1969 Boston 18 30.6 .489 .719 6.6 1.1 15.0
1971 Philadelphia 7 17.4 .422 .500 4.4 0.6 6.7
Career 86 31.7 .465 .732 8.1 1.5 16.3

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