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Hal Greer
Guard 6 ft 2, 175 lbs

Syracuse Nationals 1958-1963,
Philadelphia 76ers 1963-1973 Hall of Fame Member.

 

Hal Greer was first black player ever to attend Marshall College

in West Virginia.

 

One of the fastest players in NBA basketball history, Hal

Greer dazzled opponents and delighted basketball fans

with his offense scoring and constant hounding on defense.

 

Noted for his 15 foot jump shot Hal Greer averaged at least

18.6 points per game for 12 consecutive NBA seasons 1961-1971,

including a career high 24.1 ppg in 1967-68. And, in 1960-61

Hal Greer was a NBA All Star for first of ten times. In the 1968

NBA All-Star Game Hal Greer connected on all eight field goals

attempted, scored a total of 21 points and was selected the MVP

of the game.

 

As a rookie with the Syracuse Nats in 1958-59 Hal Greer

averaged 11.1 ppg in the regular season and 11.6 ppg in the

NBA Playoffs. In fact, he such a potent scorer and passer

that his teams made the NBA Playoffs in 13 of his 15 years with

the team. Note: Syracuse moved to Philadelphia and changed its

nickname to 76ers prior to the 1963-64 season.

 

When the Philadelphia 76ers signed 7 ft 1 inch basketball legend

Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain in January 1965, the 76ers made it to

the NBA Conference Finals, before losing to Boston in 7 games.

Well, Hall Greer averaged 24.6 ppg, 7 rebounds ppg and 5 assists

ppg  in 11 playoff games.

 

In 1966-67 the Philadelphia 76ers set a NBA record with an

astonishing 68-13 win/loss. Chamberlain finished with a 24.1

ppg and Hal Greer posted a 22.1 average. In the NBA Playoffs

Hal Greer led all players with a stunning 27.7 points per game

average as the 76ers won its first NBA Championship.  

 

In a brilliant college career at Marshall College in West Virginia,

where he was the first black player ever to attend, Hal Greer

used his exceptional quickness to lead the team to a 50-21

win/loss record spanning three years. Upon an urging from Jules

Rivlin, his college coach, the Syracuse Nationals drafted Hal

Greer in the second round of the 1958 draft.

 

Hal Greer career stats: 19.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 assists pg, 21586

points in 1122 games. 8504 FGM in 18811 FGA, a .452 pct.

4578 FTM in 5717 FTA, .801 pct. Hal Greer played in 92

NBA Playoff Games, 20.4 points pg,  5.5 rpg, 4.3 assists pg.

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Johnny Green
Nicknamed Jumpin' Johnny Green

 

Johnny Green
Birthdate: 12/8/1933
Height / Weight: 6' 5"  /  200 lbs.
Position: F
College: Michigan State


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1972-73 TCG Basketball Card - Johnny Green Kansas City Kings

A great one-on-one shooting forward, Johnny Green was an outstanding National Basketball Association basketball player. He led the NBA in field goal percentage two straight seasons, with .559 in 1969-70 and .587 in 1970-71. A highly rated leaper, he quickly picked up the nickname Jumpin' Johnny Green. In his career he connected on 4,973 shotsd in 10,091, a .493 pct for 12,281 points during the regular season games.

Much to his disappointment of playing for mainly lousy teams, Johnny Green played in only 3 NBA playoffs - 3 games with Baltimore in 1965-66 and twice with Philadelphia - 12 games in 1967-68 and 5 games in 1968-69.

Johnny Green played 14 seasons and when he retired he was third highest in games played among all NBA players with 1057, trailing only Hall of Fame basketball players Hal Greer, 1122, and Dolph Schayes, 1059.  

 



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