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1. Mike Barrett (basketball, born 1943) – Michael Thomas Bird Man Barrett was an American basketball player. He was reared in Richwood, West Virginia and attended Richwood High School, a 62 guard from West Virginia Institute of Technology, Barrett participated in the 1968 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal for the United States national basketball team. He also played for the United States mens national team at the 1967 FIBA World Championship. From 1969 to 1973 he played professionally in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Washington Capitols, Virginia Squires and he was named to the 1970 ABA All-Rookie team, and averaged 13.4 points per game over his ABA career. He was named West Virginia Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1968, Barrett died August 8,2011 after a long illness. Mike Barrett at Basketball-Reference. com 1968 Summer Olympics at USABasketball. com
2. 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
3. Mack Calvin – Mack Calvin is an American former basketball player. Calvin was born in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Long Beach Poly in California, a 60 point guard from Long Beach City College and the University of Southern California, Calvin was a 14th-round draft pick of the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers in 1969. The victory also ended UCLAs 51 victories in Pauley Pavilion and he played seven seasons in the now-defunct American Basketball Association and four seasons in the National Basketball Association. Calvin began his career with the ABAs Los Angeles Stars. The following season, he averaged a career-high 27.2 points for The Floridians, in the setting the ABA records for most free throws made. Calvin also played for the ABAs Carolina Cougars, Denver Nuggets and he also briefly coached the Squires during the 1975–1976 season. During his ABA career, he tallied 10,620 points and 3,067 assists, Calvin joined the Lakers for the 1976–77 NBA season but saw a sharp decline in playing time. He was able to match the level of production per minute he reached while in the ABA. He coached Virginia Squires in the ABA for six games and Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA, career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference. com
4. Jim Eakins – James Scott Jim Eakins is a retired American professional basketball player. A611 center from Brigham Young University, Eakins was selected in the round of the 1968 NBA draft by the San Francisco Warriors. Eakins played eight seasons in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Oakland Oaks, Washington Caps, Virginia Squires, Utah Stars and he won ABA championships in 1969 with the Oakland Oaks and in 1976 with the New York Nets. Eakins also represented Virginia in the 1974 ABA All-Star Game, after the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, Eakins played in the NBA until 1978 as a member of the Kansas City Kings, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks. In his ABA/NBA career, he scored 8,255 points, career statistics Recent photo of Jim Eakins @ nbrpa. com Jim Eakins at BYUCougars. com
5. Julius Erving – Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association after the 1975–76 season. Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABAs Virginia Squires and New York Nets and the NBAs Philadelphia 76ers and he is the sixth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points. He was well known for slam dunking from the throw line in slam dunk contests and was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the ABA and the NBA. Erving was inducted in 1993 into the Basketball Hall of Fame and was named to the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time team. In 1994, Erving was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 40 most important athletes of all time, in 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. Many consider him one of the most talented players in the history of the NBA, while Connie Hawkins, Jumping Johnny Green, Elgin Baylor, Jim Pollard and Gus Johnson performed spectacular dunks before Ervings time, Dr. J brought the practice into the mainstream. His signature dunk was the slam dunk, since incorporated into the vernacular and basic set of the game in the same manner as the crossover dribble. Before Julius Erving, dunking was a practice most commonly used by the big men to show their brutal strength which was seen as style over substance, even unsportsmanlike, by many purists of the game. Erving was born in East Meadow, New York, and raised from the age of 13 in Roosevelt and he played for Roosevelt High School and received the nickname Doctor or Dr. J from a high school friend named Leon Saunders. He explains, I have a name is Leon Saunders—and he lives in Atlanta, and I started calling him the professor. So it was just between us. we were buddies, we had our nicknames and we would roll with the nicknames. Lo and behold we graduate from school together, we both go to U-Mass, and we separated for many years cause he went over to Africa and did some stuff. But now hes my golf buddy in Atlanta. and I love him, hes just like a little brother to me even though, you know, theres only months between us. But hes the professor and he was the first one to me the doctor. And thats where it came from, Julius, and finally Dr. J. Erving enrolled at the University of Massachusetts in 1968. At that time, professional basketball was in flux, split between two leagues whose players rapidly switched clubs and leagues, Erving joined the ABA in 1971 as an undrafted free agent with the Squires. Erving also holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Erving quickly established himself as a force and gained a reputation for hard. He led the Squires into the Eastern Division Finals, where they lost to the Rick Barry-led New York Nets in seven games, the Nets would eventually go to the finals, losing to the star-studded Indiana Pacers team
6. George Gervin – Gervin averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, and finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. Gervin is widely regarded to be one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history, Gervin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Martin Luther King High School in Detroit and he was a Detroit Free Press All-State selection in 1970. He transferred to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan and averaged 29.5 points as a forward in 1971–72. While competing in an NCAA College Division national semifinal game in Evansville, Indiana, Gervin was suspended for the following season and eventually was removed from the team. Invitations to try out for the Olympic and Pan-American teams were withdrawn, Gervin initially played for the Pontiac Chaparrals of the Eastern Basketball Association, where he was spotted by Johnny Kerr, a scout for the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Kerr signed Gervin to the Squires for a $40,000 a year contract, Gervins time in Virginia would be short-lived, however. The Squires finances had never been stable, and they had forced to start trading their best players to get enough money to stay alive. In the space of four months, they traded Julius Erving. During the 1974 ABA All-Star Weekend, rumors abounded that the Squires were in talks about dealing Gervin for cash, the rumors turned out to be true, on January 30, Gervin was sold to the Spurs for $228,000. The ABA tried to block the trade, claiming that by trading their last legitimate star, however, a court sided with the Spurs. Within two years, the Squires were no more, after two seasons in the ABA, Gervin became NBA eligible in time for the 1974 NBA draft. The Phoenix Suns selected Gervin in the round with the 40th pick, however Gervin elected to stay in the ABA. With Gervin as the centerpiece, the Spurs transformed from a primarily defense-oriented team into an exciting fast-breaking team that played what coach Bob Bass called schoolyard basketball. Gervins first NBA scoring crown came in the 1977–78 season, when he narrowly edged David Thompson for the title by seven hundredths of a point. With the scoring crown in hand, he sat out some of the third, larry Kenon would become a free agent and sign with the Bulls after the following season. Prior to Michael Jordan, Gervin had the most scoring titles of any guard in league history, in 1981, while sitting out three games due to injury, Gervins replacement, Ron Brewer, averaged over 30 ppg. When Gervin returned, he scored 40+ points, when asked if he was sending a message, Gervin said, Just the way the Lord planned it and added, Ice be cool
7. Larry Miller (basketball) – Lawrence James Larry Miller is a retired American basketball player. A6 ft 4 in guard/forward born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and he earned ACC Mens Basketball Player of the Year honors in 1966 and 1967. In 2002, Miller was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary mens basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Miller was drafted in 1968 by the NBAs Philadelphia 76ers, but never played in that league. From 1968 to 1975, he played professionally in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Los Angeles Stars, Carolina Cougars, San Diego Conquistadors, Virginia Squires, and Utah Stars. He averaged 13.6 points per game in his career, since his retirement, he works in real estate construction
8. Doug Moe – Douglas Edwin Moe is an American former professional basketball player and coach. As a head coach with the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association, born in Brooklyn, New York, Moe was a star player at the University of North Carolina where he was a two-time All-American. However, his career ended in controversy when he admitted to being associated with a point shaving scandal. Moe received $75 from fix conspirator Aaron Wagman to fly to a meeting in New Jersey, arranged by Moes friend conspirator Lou Brown, there is no evidence that Moe was ever involved in a fix conspiracy, but his ties to the scandal blemished his reputation. He garnered ABA All-Star honors three times in an injury-shortened five-year professional playing career, Moe became a head coach in 1976–77, after serving as an assistant coach for the Carolina Cougars. Moe worked behind the bench for 15 years, ten of them with the Denver Nuggets and he also had stops in San Antonio and Philadelphia. Moe began his career with the Carolina Cougars in the ABA as an assistant coach to his UNC teammate. He then followed Brown to Denver, where they coached the Nuggets from 1974 to 1976, during those two seasons, the Nuggets were 125–43. They advanced to the ABA Finals in 1976, but lost to the New York Nets in six games, after the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, Moe served as a head coach for the San Antonio Spurs for four seasons, leading them to a conference finals appearance in 1979. He returned to Denver in 1980 to take over the coaching reigns from another UNC alum Donnie Walsh. From 1980 to 1990, Moe compiled a 432–357 record and led the Nuggets to the postseason nine-straight years—advancing as far as the Western Conference Finals in 1985 and he guided the Nuggets to two Midwest Division titles and a franchise-record 54 wins in 1987–88. He was named NBA Coach of the Year that same year, under Moes direction, the Nuggets high-octane offense led the league in scoring in six of his 10 seasons in Denver. He is honored by the Nuggets with a banner that read 432 for his amount of wins as a Nugget head coach, Moe also served an unsuccessful stint as a head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, with his son David Moe as an assistant coach. In 1979, he led the Spurs to the conference finals and his overall NBA head coaching ledger stands at 628–529 and his wins are the 19th-most in NBA history, though he is not in the Hall of Fame. Moe used a run-and-gun offense which had his team shoot before the defense had set up. He ran almost no plays, instead relying on ball movement, screens, players were not to hold onto the ball for longer than two seconds. The movement of the ball was predicated on what the defense allowed and you cant diagram it, you cant put a pencil and paper to it. If you do, youre doing an injustice to the system, Moe simply said, The passing game is basically doing whatever the hell you want
9. Swen Nater – Swen Erick Nater is a retired Dutch professional basketball player, primarily in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association. He is the player to have led both the NBA and ABA in rebounding. Nater was a two-time ABA All-Star and was the 1974 ABA Rookie of the Year and he played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, winning two National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. Swen Nater was born in the Netherlands, his parents divorcing when he was three years old. When his mother remarried and the economic situation deteriorated, she, her husband. At age nine, he was in a new country and did not speak a word of English, Nater attended and played basketball at Cypress College, a junior college in Cypress, California. He played little as a freshman, but was a Community College All-American as a sophomore and he earned a scholarship to UCLA, and reshirted his first year. Nater helped John Woodens UCLA Bruins win two NCAA titles and he was a backup to Bill Walton, and he never started a collegiate game—his primary role was helping to develop Walton in practice. Nater was drafted by The Floridians in the 1972 ABA Draft, in August 1973, he opted to sign with the Squires. On November 21,1973 the Squires traded Nater to the San Antonio Spurs for a draft pick, with the Spurs, Nater was the American Basketball Association Rookie of the Year and led the ABA in field goal percentage in 1974. He led the ABA in rebounding in 1975 and he was named to the All-ABA Second Team in 1974 and 1975, and participated in the ABA All-Star Game both seasons. During his three seasons in the ABA, Nater played for the Spurs, Squires, and the New York Nets, naters NBA career began with the Milwaukee Bucks, and he was traded after one season to the Buffalo Braves. When the Braves played in San Diego, Nater became a local favorite, Nater led the NBA in rebounding average during the 1979–80 season, making him the only player ever to lead both the NBA and ABA in rebounding. Before the 1983–84 season, Nater was traded by the Clippers along with a just-drafted Byron Scott to the Los Angeles Lakers for Norm Nixon, Eddie Jordan, and a 1986 second-round draft pick. Nater and Scott helped lead the Lakers to the NBA Finals that year, Nater played for Australian Udine in the Italian League, where he was the best paid player and led the league in rebounding even though the team ended up being relegated. The next season he accepted an offer from Barcelona in the Spanish League. He built the basketball program Christian Heritage College in San Diego, California and he left the position because it was high on work and low on pay. He then went to work for Costco, for whom he is a sporting goods assistant buyer, Nater lives in Enumclaw, Washington with his wife of 40 years, Marlene, on a 10-acre ranch in the Cascade Mountains
10. Dana Pagett – Dana P. Pagett is a retired professional basketball player who spent one season in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Virginia Squires during the 1971–72 season. He attended University of Southern California where he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers during the round of the 1971 NBA Draft. After that season he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, but was released before the start of the 1972–73 National Basketball Association season and he was an assistant coach for the Loyola Marymount Lions, Long Beach State 49ers and Utah State Aggies mens basketball teams. He was also the assistant coach for Rancho Santiago Community College District mens basketball team and was promoted to the head coach position. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference. com
11. Barry Parkhill – A64 guard-forward from the University of Virginia, Parkhill played in three ABA seasons for two different teams. He played for the Virginia Squires and the Spirits of St. Louis, in 2001, Parkhill was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Parkhill attended and played basketball for State College High School in State College and he is among the all-time scoring leaders and broke the 1,000 point barrier during his senior year. His number 40 was retired at the end of his senior season, in 2002, Parkhill was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary mens basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history. In his ABA career, Parkhill played in 173 games and scored a total of 970 points and his best year as a professional came during the 1975 season with the Virginia Squires appearing in 78 games and scoring 607 points
12. Aulcie Perry – Aulcie Perry is a retired American-Israeli basketball player. He led Maccabi Tel Aviv B. C. to two European championships during his nine seasons with the team, in 1987, Perry was convicted of drug-smuggling. Perry was born in Newark, New Jersey He attended West Side High School there and he graduated from Bethune-Cookman University in Florida. He played basketball in school and at college. The 6 foot 10 inch,215 pound center was signed to the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association in 1974. Perry was cut from the team during the 1974–75 season, however, the following season he was signed by the New York Knicks, but he never played for the team. Released by the Knicks, Perry returned to the Jets, during the summer of 1976, Perry was spotted by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv while playing at the Rucker courts in Harlem. Maccabi Tel Aviv signed Perry for US$6,000 a month, in 1977 Perry led the team to its first European Cup championship, a prize they took again four years later. Perry played a total of nine seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Perry became a celebrity in Israel. He was congratulated by Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin and he began dating Israeli model Tami Ben Ami, and the couple were the darlings of the press. Everywhere Perry went he was besieged by fans seeking his autograph, after the 1977–78 season, Perry converted to Judaism. He adopted the Hebrew name Elisha ben Avraham, shortly thereafter, Perry became an Israeli citizen. In December 1982, Perry missed a game against Real Madrid Baloncesto, the team told reporters that he was sick with the flu, but in fact a worsening drug problem had kept him from the game. In March 1983, Perry was arrested and charged with buying heroin, he pleaded guilty and was given a fine of $150,000, Perry and his cousin, Kenneth Johnson, were detained in September 1985 when they flew from Amsterdam to New York. Johnson was arrested when customs officials found that the portable stereo he was carrying contained 3.5 pounds of 89 percent pure heroin with a street value of $1.8 million. The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration spent the several months accumulating evidence against Perry. In January 1986, a warrant was issued for his arrest, after nine months of fighting extradition, Perry returned to New York for trial. At the trial, prosecutors portrayed Perry as the mastermind behind the smuggling scheme, Johnson had never been abroad before, but Perry was an experienced traveler
13. Charlie Scott – Charles Thomas Scott is an American former professional basketball player. He played two seasons in the now-defunct American Basketball Association and eight seasons in the National Basketball Association, Charlie Scott grew up primarily in Harlem, New York. A65 guard/forward, Scott attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City for one year transferring to Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg. He was valedictorian of his high school senior class and he was a legend at Rucker Park Scott played college basketball at the University of North Carolina, where he was the first black scholarship athlete. Scott averaged 22.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game at UNC, and he was a two-time All-American and a three-time all-ACC selection. Scott led the Tar Heels to their second and third consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances in 1968 and 1969 and he was the first African American to join a fraternity at the University of North Carolina, St. Anthony Hall, in 1967. Scott was a gold medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics, Scott was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1970 but he had already signed a contract with the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Scott was named ABA Rookie of the Year after averaging 27.1 points per game, during his second season with the Squires, he set the ABA record for highest scoring average in one season. However, he became dissatisfied with life in the ABA and joined the NBAs Phoenix Suns in 1972, the Suns acquired Scott in a trade with the Celtics for Paul Silas. At that point, he went by the name Shaheed Abdul-Aleem. Scott continued his play in the NBA, representing the Suns in three straight NBA All-Star Games, then was traded to the Boston Celtics straight up for Paul Westphal. With the Celtics in the 1975-76 NBA season, Scott won a championship ring against the Suns, Scott later played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets. He retired in 1980 with 14,837 combined ABA/NBA career points, while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Charlie Scott married Margaret Holmes Scott and from that union they had one daughter Holly Scott Emanuel. Scott and his current wife, Trudy, have three children—sons Shaun and Shannon and daughter Simone—and have lived primarily in Atlanta and Los Angeles and they currently live in Columbus, Ohio, where son Shannon used to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference. com Charles Scott @ UNC
14. Roland Taylor – Roland Morris Fatty Taylor is an American former professional basketball player. A 6’0 guard born in Washington, D. C. Taylor became known as one of the few outstanding defensive players in a league known primarily for a run-and-gun style. On the Squires Taylor played with former or later NBA stars including Adrian Smith, Jumbo Jim Eakins, for one-and-a-half seasons Taylor was a teammate of George Gervin, and Taylor has been credited with coining Gervins nickname The Iceman. Taylor spent one season in the NBA as a member of the Denver Nuggets, and he retired in 1977 with combined ABA/NBA totals of 5,098 points,2,563 assists, and 2,524 rebounds
15. Dave Twardzik – David John Twardzik is an American former professional basketball player. He was a point guard in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association and he is best known for being a starter on the Portland Trail Blazers team that won the 1977 NBA Finals. Twardzik grew up in Middletown, Pennsylvania, and played collegiately at Old Dominion University and he was drafted by the Trail Blazers in 1972, but elected to play for the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Twardzik played for the Squires for four seasons until the team came to an end, after the ABA-NBA merger Twardzik signed with the Blazers. He would be the point guard of the Blazers team which won the NBA title in 1977. He played for four total in Portland, and retired at the end of the 1979–80 season because of injury. His jersey number was retired by the team, after his retirement from playing, he began an NBA coaching and front-office career. He served in Portlands front office through 1985, and worked as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers from 1986 through 1989 and he has also worked for the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and the Denver Nuggets. In 2003, he became Director of Player Personnel for the Orlando Magic and he held that position until 2012. In 1995, Twardzik was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Player bio at Old Dominion Pro stats at basketball-reference. com Orlando Magic Executives
16. Willie Wise – Willie M. Wise is an American former professional basketball player. A66 forward from Drake University, Wise earned a spot on the American Basketball Associations Los Angeles Stars in 1969 and he would prove to be one of the best all-around players in the league, as he was both a proficient scorer and a highly esteemed defender. Indeed, while playing for the Stars, who won the 1971 ABA Championship, Wise later played with the Virginia Squires. After the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, Wise played one season and part of a second in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Denver Nuggets. On 7 February 2009, Drake University retired Wises #42 jersey that he wore for the Bulldogs, career stats at basketball-reference. com Player profile at Remember the ABA