An aggressive rebounder and shot blocker Mel Hutchins
was one of the leading players in the NBA during the 1950s.
The 6 ft 6 Mel Hutchins was high jumper and noted for
his great defensive games and rivalry against basketball legend
George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers.
A rookie sensation in 1951 with the Milwaukee Hawks of the
NBA, Mel Hutchins tied for the pro league in rebounds with a
career-high 880 in 66 games. Tied with Larry Foust of the
Fort Wayne Pistons.
In seven NBA seasons Mel Hutchins pulled down 4,186
rebounds and scored 16,574 points. His value to his team
shows by the fact, playing in center position
he helped the Fort Wayne Pistons to the NBA playoffs four
straight seasons, 1953-1957. Mel Hutchins playoff totals
include 11.7 ppg average in 27 games, an 8.8 rpg average.
Mel Hutchins career stats: 4851 points in 437 games, 11.1
ppg average, 4186 rebounds, 9.6 rpg average, 1298 assists.
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