Category:Denver Rockets players
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1. John Barnhill (basketball) – John Anthony Rabbit Barnhill was an American former professional basketball player. Barnhill, along with Porter Meriwether, led the Evansville Lincoln High School Lions to a regular season. Born in Sturgis, Kentucky, the 61 guard Barnhill attended Tennessee State University, barnhills 1957 TSU Tigers were notable as the first all-black team to win a major American basketball tournament. Meriwether joined him in time for the 1959 title and he finished his career as the #2 scorer behind Dick Barnett on the all-time TSU scoring list, today, he ranks #18. He was a 3 time NAIA All-American and helped the Tigers to a 3-year record of 94-8, from 1962 to 1969, Barnhill played in the National Basketball Association as a member of the St. Louis Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, and San Diego Rockets. He averaged 8.6 points per game in his NBA career, Barnhill later spent time in the rival American Basketball Association, mainly as a member of the Indiana Pacers. Additionally, Barnhill was selected in three separate NBA expansion drafts in three years,1966,1967, and 1968
2. Byron Beck – A. Byron Beck is an American former professional basketball player. A69 forward/center from the University of Denver, Beck was one of six players who participated in all nine seasons of the original American Basketball Association and he played for the Denver Rockets, who later became the Denver Nuggets. Beck was not blessed with superior athleticism, but he was a worker known for his tenacious rebounding and efficient hook shot. On December 16,1977, he became the first player in the Denver franchise to have his number retired. Profile at Remember the ABA Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference. com
3. Art Becker – Art Becker is an American retired professional basketball player born in Akron, Ohio. He averaged 12.5 points per game over the course of his career, since 2005, Becker has served as president of the National Junior College Athletic Association. He served two stints as head basketball coach at Scottsdale Community College and coached mens tennis at Scottsdale from 1981 to 1983. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference. com NJCAA profile
4. Larry Brown (basketball) – Lawrence Harvey Larry Brown is an American basketball coach, who was most recently head mens basketball coach at Southern Methodist University. He is the coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA title. He also won an ABA championship as a player with the Oakland Oaks in the 1968–69 season, and he is also the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season. Before coaching, Brown played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and he has been a basketball coach since 1972. Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on September 27,2002, Brown is Jewish, and was born in Brooklyn, New York. A5 ft 9 in point guard, he attended Long Beach High School and then played at the University of North Carolina under legendary coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith. During that time Brown was selected for the 1964 Summer Olympics team, on which he played and with which he won a gold medal, Brown was named MVP of the ABAs first All-Star Game in 1968, and was named to the All-ABA Second Team the same year. Brown led the ABA in assists per game during the leagues first three seasons, and when he ended his career, Brown was the ABAs all-time assist leader. His total of 2,509 assists places him seventh on the ABAs career list, Browns first head coaching job was at Davidson College in North Carolina in 1969. Unfortunately for Wildcat fans, it would only last during the summer offseason, Brown moved on to the ABA and coached with the Carolina Cougars and then the Denver Nuggets, who later joined the NBA in 1976, for five and a half seasons from 1974 to 1979. He then moved on to coach for UCLA, leading his freshman-dominated 1979–80 team to the NCAA title game before falling to Louisville, 59–54. However, that appearance was vacated by the NCAA after two UCLA players were found to be ineligible—one of the few times a Final Four squad has had its record vacated. Brown was the coach for the NBAs New Jersey Nets for two years following that, from 1981 to 1983. Brown began his tenure at the University of Kansas, replacing the fired Ted Owens, who had overseen back-to-back losing seasons in 1981-82 and 1982-83. In the meantime Brown signed the most coveted high school player in the country, Danny Manning, to play for KU after signing his father, Ed Manning, perhaps Browns finest team at Kansas was the 1985-86 team. This squad put together a 35-4 record, the first 30-win season in KU history, in the 1987-88 season, Kansas got off to a mediocre 12–8 start, including 1–4 in the Big 8, and the end of the Jayhawks 55-game homecourt winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas then proceeded to defeat 11th-seed Xavier, 14th-seed Murray State, and 7th-seed Vanderbilt before meeting rival Kansas State, KU upset the 4th-seeded Wildcats 71-58 in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four in Kansas Citys Kemper Arena. Once there, Kansas upset the East Regions #2 seed Duke, 66-59, Manning, who scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the final, was named Most Oustanding Player of the Tournament
5. Larry Cannon (basketball) – Larry Cannon is a retired American basketball player, a former 65 guard born and raised in Philadelphia. At Lincoln High, he set scoring records that stand to this day, Cannon scored more points all-time than any Philadelphia high school player not named Wilt Chamberlain. A member of the 1968–1969s 23-1 basketball team, Cannon led the group with 140 assists and was second in rebounds, Cannon averaged 18.9 points per game during his three seasons, accumulating a total of 1,430 points, and was named to All-American teams. NOTE, La Salle was not permitted to enter the NCAA basketball tournament in Cannons senior year, despite being ranked #2 in the nation behind UCLA and he was elected to the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1973 and the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 1977. Cannon was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round of the 1969 NBA draft and he played in the ABA and NBA, leading Denver with 26.6 points per game during the 1970–1971 season. He played for the Miami Floridians, Denver Rockets, Memphis Pros, Indiana Pacers in the American Basketball Association for 194 games, Cannon was forced to retire from pro basketball due to a chronic medical condition, phlebitis in his legs. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference. com
6. Wayne Chapman – Wayne G. Chapman is an American retired basketball player. Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Chapman graduated from Daviess County High School and he played for the Kentucky Colonels, Denver Rockets and Indiana Pacers in the American Basketball Association for 206 games. He coached Apollo High School basketball in the late 1970s and was the coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College from 1985 to 1990. He is the father of former NBA player Rex Chapman, career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference. com Wayne Chapman Interview
7. Spencer Haywood – Spencer Haywood is an American former professional basketball player. In 1964, Haywood moved to Detroit, Michigan, in 1967, while attending Pershing High School, Haywood led the schools basketball team to the state championship. Haywood attended Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado, during the 1967–68 college season, due to his exceptional performance and talent, Haywood made the USA Olympic Basketball team in 1968. Haywood was the scorer on the USAs gold medal winning basketball team during the 1968 Olympics at 16.1 points per game. Haywood transferred to the University of Detroit in the fall of that year and he decided to turn pro after his sophomore year, but National Basketball Association rules, which then required a player to wait until his class graduated, prohibited him from entering the league. As a result, he joined the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association. In his rookie season, Haywood led the ABA in scoring at 30.0 points per game and rebounding at 19.5 rebounds per game while leading the Rockets to the ABAs Western Division Title. In the playoffs, Denver defeated the Washington Capitols in 7 games in the Western Division Semifinals before falling to the Los Angeles Stars in the finals,4 games to 1. He was named both the ABA Rookie of the Year and ABA MVP during the 1969–70 season, and became the youngest ever recipient of the MVP at the age of 21. His 986 field goals made,1,637 rebounds, and 19.5 rebound per game average are the all-time ABA records for a season. Haywood also won the ABAs 1970 All-Star Game MVP that year after recording 23 points,19 rebounds, in 1970, despite the NBAs eligibility rules, Haywood joined the Seattle SuperSonics, and with SuperSonics owner Sam Schulman launched an anti-trust suit against the league. The case went all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court before the NBA agreed to a settlement, Haywood was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1972 and 1973 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1974 and 1975. Haywoods 29.2 points per game in the 1972–73 season and 13.4 rebounds per game in 1973–74 are still the single-season record averages for the SuperSonics for these categories. Haywood played in four NBA All-Star Games while with Seattle, including a strong 23 point 11 rebound performance in 1974, in the 1974–75 season, he helped lead the SuperSonics to their first playoff berth. Overall, during his five seasons with Seattle, Haywood averaged 24.9 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game, in 1975, the SuperSonics traded him to the New York Knicks where he later teamed with Bob McAdoo. Haywood later played for the New Orleans Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, during the late 1970s, Haywood became addicted to cocaine. He was dismissed from the Lakers by then-coach Paul Westhead during the 1980 NBA Finals for falling asleep during practice due to his addiction. The next season Haywood played in Italy for Reyer Venezia Mestre along with Dražen Dalipagić before returning to the NBA to play two seasons with the Washington Bullets, haywoods no.24 jersey was retired by the SuperSonics during a halftime ceremony on February 26,2007
8. Warren Jabali – Warren Jabali was an American basketball player. He played professionally in the American Basketball Association from 1968 to 1975, born Warren Edward Armstrong, Jabali changed his name while attending Wichita State University to reflect his African roots. The name does not have any religious connotations as it is a Swahili word for rock, a skilled defender and rebounder and a remarkable leaper, the 62 Jabali was reported to be able to touch a ten-foot high basketball rim with his forehead. Although Wichita State, and the Missouri Valley Conference in general, supplied many pro players of the era, he did not receive much attention from the National Basketball Association. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 4th round of the 1968 NBA draft, he signed instead with the Oakland Oaks of the rival ABA, who selected him in the 1968 ABA Draft. In his first season in the ABA, he won Rookie of the Year honors, prompting teammate Rick Barry to comment, later that season, Jabali averaged 33.2 points against the Indiana Pacers in the 1969 ABA Finals and was named Playoffs MVP. That season Jabalis efforts helped bring an ABA Championship to the Oakland Oaks, a team also featured Rick Barry, Larry Brown. Jabali became an instant star after coming into the league from Wichita State University, although Barry, the Oaks biggest attraction, won the league scoring title in 1968–69, he was only able to play in 35 games because of a severe knee ligament injury. It was Jabali, a starter, who gave Coach Alex Hannum the extra scoring punch needed in Barrys absence. With Jabali aboard and Barry helping for part of the season, in the playoffs they went 12-4 on the way to claiming the ABA Championship. A year later at midseason, with the team playing as the Washington Caps, hurt shortly after playing in his first of four ABA All-Star Games, he was carrying an average of 22.8 points per game at the time. Jabali made a comeback, although his final five years were spent with four different teams, in his first season back, 1970–71, he was traded from the Kentucky Colonels to the Indiana Pacers on October 13,1970 in exchange for a first-round draft choice and cash. Jabali saw action in 62 games with the Pacers and it was with the Pacers that Jabali started pulling the trigger from three-point land, he did it 163 times that year, making 47 treys. He had a big year with the Florida Floridians the following season, averaging 19.9 points and hitting 102 of his 286 three-point attempts, when the Miami-based franchise folded, Jabali moved to the Denver Rockets. During his first campaign with the Rockets, Jabalis 16-point effort in the 1973 ABA All-Star Game keyed the Wests come-from-behind victory and that game is often referred to as the Jabalis Jamboree. After one more season in Denver and another with the San Diego Conquistadors, Jabali retired in 1975, in his seven-year professional career, Jabali played for the Oakland Oaks, Washington Capitals, the Indiana Pacers, The Floridians, the Denver Rockets, and the San Diego Conquistadors. While playing for the Rockets in 1973, he was named the All-Star Game MVP and was named to the All-ABA First Team after averaging 17.0 points,6.6 assists, and 5.2 rebounds. Knee problems would soon limit his effectiveness, however, and he retired in 1975, having achieved career averages of 17.1 points,5.3 assists, Warren Jabali died on July 13,2012
9. Bill McGill – Bill The Hill McGill was an American basketball player. McGill was honored in 2008 as a member of the University of Utah All-Century team, McGill was selected by the Chicago Zephyrs with the first pick of the 1962 NBA draft. He played three seasons in the NBA and 2 seasons in the ABA, in his ABA/NBA career, he scored a combined 3,094 points. His pro basketball career did not bring him wealth or security, by the early 1970s, he was in debt and living on the streets before sportswriter Brad Pye Jr. arranged for McGill to be employed by Hughes Aircraft, that job ended in 1995. He died on July 11,2014 from natural causes at the age of 74
10. Steve Mix – Steven Charles Mix, nicknamed The Mayor, is an American usher and former professional basketball player and coach. Mix attended Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio, and the University of Toledo, Mix was a forward with a 13-year career from 1969–1972 and from 1973–1983. He played for the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers all of the NBA, Mix represented the 76ers in the 1975 NBA All-Star Game. Mix made it to the NBA Finals four times overall, three times with the 76ers, but never won an NBA title. In 1983, when the 76ers did win the NBA title, Mix was a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Following his retirement as a player, became head coach at his alma mater. In his one year in the position during the 1984-1985 season, afterwards, Mix spent 22 years as a color commentator on the 76ers television broadcasts. In 2011 he worked a basketball analyst for SportsTime Ohio, in 2012, Mix was named head womens coach at Trine University. Mix left his position at Trine in 2014, since moving to Florida after his retirement at Trine, Mix has coached at basketball camps at Indian River State College. After his retirement from basketball, Mix and his moved to Vero Beach. Regarding why he took up work as an usher, Mix said, I heard somebody say sometime, I need that place where I can hang my hat. I just need a place where I can do something, besides Ricciardi, Mix said that a few people recognize him each day, I have a couple people bring cards up. Probably a couple times a day somebody will say something, Mix married his wife, Maryalice, in 1970. They have four children together and reside in Vero Beach, Florida, during and since their playing days, when they were teammates and roommates, Mix and Julius Erving have been close friends, calling each other for their birthdays to the present day. Mix was nicknamed Sky by Erving, according to Mix, Julius and would talk hoops, every night would have a candy bar before he would go to bed. He used to say, Im calling you Sky because you cant, career statistics from basketball-reference. com About Steve Mix
11. Ralph Simpson – Not to be confused with Ralph Sampson, who played in the NBA from 1983 to 1992 Ralph Derek Simpson is a retired American basketball player. He played professionally in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association from 1970 to 1980, Simpson, a 66 guard/forward, was a star at Detroits Pershing High School, where he teamed with Spencer Haywood to win the Michigan state championship in 1967. He was offered a tryout for the 1968 United States Olympic team, after two strong years at Michigan State University, he signed a professional contract with the ABAs Denver Rockets, and he would represent the franchise in five ABA All-Star games. Simpson had his finest season in 1971–1972, in which he averaged 27.4 points,4.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. However, he averaged only 5.5 points during his tenure with the Nuggets. Simpson scored 11,785 combined ABA/NBA points in his ten-year career and his 9,953 points were the most for the Nuggets during the teams time in the ABA. Simpson currently lives in Denver, Colorado. His daughter is Grammy Award-winning soul singer India. Arie, career stats at basketball-reference. com Ralph Simpson at Remember the ABA