Alex Hannum
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Alex Hannum
Alex Hannum
Alex Hannum 1969.jpeg
Hannum in 1969
Personal information
Born(1923-07-19)July 19, 1923
Los Angeles, California
DiedJanuary 18, 2002(2002-01-18) (aged 78)
San Diego, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolAlexander Hamilton
(Los Angeles, California)
CollegeUSC (1942-1943; 1946-1948)
NBA draft1948 / Round: -- / Pick: --
Selected by the Indianapolis Jets
Playing career1948-1957
PositionPower forward / Center
Number10, 11, 20, 4, 6, 33, 18
Coaching career1957-1974
Career history
As player:
1948-1949Oshkosh All-Stars
1949-1951Syracuse Nationals
1951-1952Baltimore Bullets
1952-1954Rochester Royals
1954-1956Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks
1956Fort Wayne Pistons
1956-1957St. Louis Hawks
As coach:
1956-1958St. Louis Hawks
1960-1963Syracuse Nationals
1963-1966San Francisco Warriors
1966-1968Philadelphia 76ers
1968-1969Oakland Oaks
1969-1971San Diego Rockets
1971-1974Denver Rockets
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points3,078 (6.0 ppg)
Rebound2,013 (4.5 rpg)
Assists857 (1.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach

Alexander Murray Hannum (July 19, 1923 - January 18, 2002) was a professional basketball player and coach. Hannum coached two National Basketball Association (NBA) teams and one American Basketball Association team to championships and in 1998 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.

High school career

Hannum prepped at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.

College career

Hannum played at USC, where he was captain of the 1948 team.

Playing career

Hannum played in the NBA between 1949 and 1957. After a season with the Oshkosh All-Stars, followed by the formation of the National Basketball Association, he played for several NBA teams and scored more than 3,000 points.

Coaching career

Hannum is mostly known for coaching the Wilt Chamberlain-led Philadelphia 76ers of 1966-67 to the NBA championship, ending the eight-year title streak of the Boston Celtics. He had also coached the Bob Pettit-led St. Louis Hawks team to the 1958 NBA Championship over the Celtics in the NBA Finals, thus making him the first of only three head coaches in NBA history to win championships with two different teams (the other two are Phil Jackson and Pat Riley). The aforementioned seasons were the only two in Bill Russell's 13-year career in which the Celtics' center did not win an NBA championship. In 1964, Hannum was named NBA Coach of the Year while with the San Francisco Warriors.

In 1968 Hannum was named head coach and executive vice president of the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball Association. Hannum coached the Rick Barry-led Oaks to the 1969 ABA Championship, becoming the first of two coaches to win championships in both the NBA and ABA. Hannum won the ABA Coach of the Year honors the same season.

Hannum on April 8, 1971 left his position as head coach of the San Diego Rockets of the NBA to become President, General Manager and head coach of the ABA's Denver Rockets. In his first season the Rockets lost their opening playoff match to the Texas Chaparrals. On June 13, 1972 Hannum bought control of the Rockets with A.G. "Bud" Fischer and Frank M. Goldberg. In the 1972-73 season Hannum coached the Rockets to the 1973 ABA Playoffs but they lost in the first round of the Western Division playoffs to the Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1. Hannum returned the Rockets to the 1974 ABA Playoffs where they lost in their opening match to the San Diego Conquistadors. On April 30, 1974 Hannum was dismissed as president, general manager and head coach of the Rockets. Hannum's combined record (NBA and ABA), was 649-564 (.535) with a 61-46 record (.570) in the playoffs on 11 trips in 16 seasons.

Hannum was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. Thirteen Hall-of-Famers played for Hannum -- in addition to Pettit, Chamberlain and Barry, he had also coached Cliff Hagan, Ed Macauley, Slater Martin, Dolph Schayes, Nate Thurmond, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy and Chet Walker. Hannum, a native of Los Angeles, and graduate of the University of Southern California, died at the age of 78 in San Diego.

Coaching record

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
St. Louis 1956-57 31 15 16 .484 3rd in Western 10 6 4 .600 Lost in NBA Finals
St. Louis 1957-58 72 41 31 .484 1st in Western 11 8 3 .727 Won NBA Finals
Syracuse 1960-61 79 38 41 .481 3rd in Eastern 8 4 4 .500 Lost Division Finals
Syracuse 1961-62 80 41 39 .513 3rd in Eastern 5 2 3 .400 Lost Division Semifinals
Syracuse 1962-63 80 48 32 .600 3rd in Eastern 8 4 4 .500 Lost Division Semifinals
San Francisco 1963-64 80 48 32 .600 1st in Western 8 4 4 .500 Lost in NBA Finals
San Francisco 1964-65 80 17 63 .524 5th in Western - - - - Missed Playoffs
San Francisco 1965-66 80 35 45 .438 4th in Western - - - - Missed Playoffs
Philadelphia 1966-67 81 68 13 .840 1st in Eastern 15 11 4 .733 Won NBA Finals
Philadelphia 1967-68 82 62 20 .756 1st in Eastern 13 7 6 .538 Lost Division Finals
Oakland 1968-69 78 60 18 .769 1st in Western 16 12 4 .750 Won ABA Finals
San Diego 1969-70 56 18 38 .321 7th in Western - - - - Missed Playoffs
San Diego 1970-71 82 40 42 .488 3rd in Western - - - - Missed Playoffs
Denver 1971-72 84 34 50 .405 4th in Western 7 3 4 .429 Lost Division Semifinals
Denver 1972-73 84 47 37 .560 3rd in Western 5 1 4 .200 Lost Division Semifinals
Denver 1973-74 84 37 47 .440 5th in Western - - - - Missed Playoffs
Career 1213 649 564 .535 107 61 46 .570

Trivia

  • Hannum is one of only three NBA players to receive more than six personal fouls in a single game (Don Otten and Cal Bowdler are the others). On December 26, 1950, Hannum received seven personal fouls in a game against the Boston Celtics.[1]

References

  1. ^ The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 388. ISBN 0-679-43293-0.

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