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Elvin Hayes
Elvin Hayes.jpg
No. 11, 44
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born(1945-11-17) November 17, 1945 (age 68)
Rayville, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolEula D. Britton
(Rayville, Louisiana)
CollegeHouston (1965–1968)
NBA draft1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the San Diego Rockets
Pro playing career1968–1984
Career history
19681972San Diego / Houston Rockets
19721981Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets
19811984Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points27,313 (21.0 ppg)
Rebounds16,279 (12.5 rpg)
Blocks1,171 (2.0 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2013
 
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Elvin Hayes
Elvin Hayes.jpg
No. 11, 44
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born(1945-11-17) November 17, 1945 (age 68)
Rayville, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolEula D. Britton
(Rayville, Louisiana)
CollegeHouston (1965–1968)
NBA draft1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the San Diego Rockets
Pro playing career1968–1984
Career history
19681972San Diego / Houston Rockets
19721981Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets
19811984Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points27,313 (21.0 ppg)
Rebounds16,279 (12.5 rpg)
Blocks1,171 (2.0 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2013

Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945) is a retired American basketball player and radio analyst for Houston Cougars men's basketball, where he played college basketball. He is a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, and an inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Early years[edit]

A quiet, introverted youth, Hayes first picked up a basketball in eighth grade, by accident. He was wrongly blamed for playing a classroom prank and was sent to the principal's office. But another teacher, Reverend Calvin, saw Hayes and said he was welcome in his class. Although the youngster showed no inclination for any sports, Calvin thought he would benefit by playing basketball and put him on the school team. Hayes was so clumsy, however, that he evoked laughter with his awkward attempts at shooting and dribbling.

But young Hayes was determined to improve, and during the summers he practiced long hours. As a 6'5" ninth grader he was a benchwarmer on the junior varsity squad at Britton High School when he became determined to crack the starting lineup. "I was too weak to shoot the turnaround then," Hayes recalled, "so all summer long I shot with a small rubber ball at a basket in my yard. My development was almost overnight."

In Hayes's senior year, 1963–64, he led Britton to the state championship, averaging 35 points during the regular season. In the championship game he picked up 45 points and 20 rebounds.

College life in Houston[edit]

One of only five numbers retired by the University of Houston men's basketball team, Hayes's #44 hangs in Hofheinz Pavilion.

Hayes and Don Chaney were the University of Houston's first African American basketball players in 1966.

In 1966, Hayes led the Cougars into the Western Regional semi-finals of the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament before losing to the Pac-8 champion Oregon State Beavers.

In 1967, he led the Cougars to the Final Four of the 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. He would attempt 31 field goals, and score 25 points and 24 rebounds in a semi-final loss to the eventual champion UCLA Bruins featuring Lew Alcindor (now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). His rebounding total is second to Bill Russell's Final Four record of 27.[1][2]

On January 20, 1968, the Big E and the Houston Cougars faced Lew and the UCLA Bruins in the first-ever nationally televised regular season college basketball game. In front of a record 52,693 fans at the Houston Astrodome, Hayes scored 39 points and had 15 rebounds while limiting Alcindor to just 15 points as Houston beat UCLA 71–69 to snap the Bruins' 47-game winning streak in what has been called the "Game of the Century". That game helped Hayes earn The Sporting News College Basketball Player of the Year.

One month later, he grabbed a career-high 37 rebounds in a game against Centenary on February 10.

In the rematch to the "Game of the Century", Hayes faced Alcindor and UCLA in the 1968 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. He was held to 10 points, losing to Alcindor and the Bruins 101-69 in the semi-final game.[2]

Hayes led Houston in scoring (1966 27.2 points per game, 1967 28.4, and 1968 36.8). For his college career, Hayes averaged 31.0 points per game and 17.2 rebounds per game.

With his departure from college Hayes was selected in the first round of the 1968 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets and by the Houston Mavericks in the 1968 ABA Draft.

While a student at Houston, Hayes was initiated into the Alpha Nu Omega Chapter of the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.[3]

NBA career[edit]

Hayes joined the NBA with the San Diego Rockets in 1968 and in his rookie year, he scored a career-high 54 points against the Detroit Pistons on November 11 of that year. As a rookie, Hayes led the NBA in scoring with 28.4 points per game, averaged 17.1 rebounds per game, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Hayes' scoring average is the fifth best all-time for a rookie, and he remains the last rookie to lead the NBA in scoring average.

In Hayes' second season, he led the NBA in rebounding, becoming the first player other than Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain to lead the category since 1957 (Chamberlain was injured during much of the season). In Hayes' third season, 1970–71, he scored a career best 28.7 points per game. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston, enabling Hayes to play in the city of his college triumphs. In 1972, Hayes was traded to the Baltimore Bullets, where he teamed with Hall-Of-Famer Wes Unseld to form a fierce and dominating frontcourt combination. The 18.1 rebounds per game Hayes averaged in 1974 is the third highest rebounding average of any NBA player since Wilt Chamberlain retired in 1973.

Hayes and Unseld later led the Washington Bullets to 3 NBA Finals (1975, 1978, and 1979), and an NBA title over The Seattle SuperSonics in 1978. He shined brightly, especially in the NBA playoffs. During the Bullets' championship season (1978), he averaged 21.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game in 21 playoff games. One year later, he set an NBA Finals record for most offensive rebounds in a game (11), in a May 27, 1979 game against the SuperSonics. The Chicago Bulls' Dennis Rodman would tie this record twice, both games coming in the 1996 NBA Finals, also against the SuperSonics.

On June 8, 1981, Hayes was traded to the Houston Rockets. The "Big E" closed out his career with the Rockets in 1984. Hayes had a career scoring average of 21.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He played at least 80 games in every season. He ranks fourth in NBA history in total rebounds, behind Chamberlain, Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

After basketball[edit]

Shortly after finishing his career in the NBA, Hayes returned to the University of Houston to finish the last thirty credit hours of his undergraduate degree. When interviewed about the experience, Hayes mentioned, "I played 16 years of pro basketball, but this is the hardest thing I've ever done."[4]

For a while he owned a car dealership in Crosby, Texas. In November 2007, Hayes became a City of Liberty Police Reserve Officer, fulfilling a childhood dream.[5] On November 22, 2010, it was announced that he would serve as an analyst for radio broadcasts of Houston Cougars games on Houston's KBME.[6] Hayes is currently a reserve police officer with the City of Jersey Village, a suburb of Houston.

Stats and honors[edit]

In his career with the San Diego/Houston Rockets and the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets, Hayes played 1,303 games over 16 seasons, registering 27,313 points (eighth all-time) and 16,279 rebounds (fourth all-time). Hayes never missed more than two games in any of his 16 seasons in the NBA. In addition to his 1968 scoring title, he led the NBA in rebounding in 1970 and 1974. Hayes played in twelve straight NBA All-Star Games from 1969 to 1980.

Hayes was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team during the 1996–97 NBA season and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990. He boycotted the Hall of Fame beginning in 1990 and refused to return until Guy Lewis, his coach at the University of Houston, was admitted.[7] Lewis was admitted to the Hall of Fame in 2013.

In 2003, Hayes was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface. [1]

Career highs[edit]

Top scoring games[edit]

PointsOpponentDate
54vs. Detroit PistonsNovember 13, 1968
50vs. Seattle SuperSonicsNovember 20, 1970
49 (OT)vs. Seattle SuperSonicsJanuary 30, 1970
48at Cincinnati RoyalsNovember 25, 1970
47at Golden State WarriorsMarch 13, 1977

Top shot-blocking efforts[edit]

Unofficially recorded
BlocksOpponentDate
13vs. Phoenix SunsDecember 28, 1968
13vs. Milwaukee BucksMarch 19, 1971
13vs. Phoenix SunsMarch 21, 1971
11Golden State Warriors
(at College Park, MD)
December 16, 1972
11at Detroit PistonsMarch 3, 1978
10at Cincinnati RoyalsFebruary 12, 1969
10vs. San Francisco WarriorsJanuary 8, 1970
10vs. San Francisco WarriorsFebruary 14, 1970
9vs. Phoenix SunsMarch 6, 1977
8vs. Kansas City KingsMarch 18, 1976
8at Phoenix SunsNovember 25, 1976
8vs. Chicago BullsNovember 14, 1979
8vs. San Antonio SpursFebruary 22, 1980
8vs. Atlanta HawksMarch 28, 1980
8vs. Detroit PistonsDecember 5, 1980

Regular season[edit]

StatHighOpponentDate
Field goal percentage
Field goals made20vs. Detroit PistonsNovember 13, 1968
Field goals made20vs. Kansas City KingsDecember 15, 1976
Field goals made20at Golden State WarriorsMarch 13, 1977
Field goal attempts45vs. Detroit PistonsNovember 13, 1968
Free throws made, none missed
Free throw attempts, none made0—8vs. Portland Trail BlazersMarch 26, 1972
Free throws made17vs. Golden State WarriorsFebruary 26, 1978
Free throw attempts23at Cincinnati RoyalsJanuary 30, 1971
Rebounds35at New York KnicksJanuary 19, 1971
Rebounds32at Atlanta HawksNovember 17, 1973
Rebounds30vs. Los Angeles LakersDecember 5, 1970
Offensive rebounds11vs. Phoenix SunsJanuary 5, 1979
Defensive rebounds28at Atlanta HawksNovember 17, 1973
Assists11at Cleveland CavaliersDecember 1, 1971
Assists11vs. San Antonio SpursApril 13, 1984
Steals

Playoffs[edit]

StatHighOpponentDate
Points46vs. Buffalo BravesApril 20, 1975
Field goal percentage
Field goals made19at New York KnicksMarch 29, 1974
Field goals made19vs. Buffalo BravesApril 20, 1975
Field goal attempts34
Free throws made, none missed
Free throws made, one missed
Free throws made12
Free throw attempts16
Rebounds23
Offensive rebounds11at San Antonio SpursApril 16, 1978
Offensive rebounds11at Seattle SuperSonicsMay 27, 1979
Defensive rebounds19at Cleveland CavaliersApril 15, 1977
Assists6
Steals6vs. Atlanta HawksApril 24, 1979
Blocked shots8 (OT)vs. Cleveland CavaliersApril 26, 1976

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Led the league

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1968–69San Diego Rockets82-45.1.447-.62617.11.4--28.4
1969–70San Diego Rockets82-44.7.452-.68816.92.0--27.5
1970–71San Diego Rockets82-44.3.428-.67216.62.3--28.7
1971–72Houston Rockets82-42.2.434-.64914.63.3--25.2
1972–73Baltimore Bullets81-41.3.444-.67114.51.6--21.2
1973–74Capital Bullets81-44.5.423-.72118.12.01.13.021.4
1974–75Washington Bullets82-42.3.443-.76612.22.51.92.323.0
1975–76Washington Bullets80-37.2.470-.62811.01.51.32.519.8
1976–77Washington Bullets82-41.0.501-.68712.51.91.12.723.7
1977–78Washington Bullets81-40.1.451-.63413.31.81.22.019.7
1978–79Washington Bullets82-37.9.487-.65412.11.7.92.321.8
1979–80Washington Bullets81-39.3.454.231.69911.11.5.82.323.0
1980–81Washington Bullets81-36.2.451.000.6179.71.2.82.117.8
1981–82Houston Rockets828237.0.472.000.6649.11.8.81.316.1
1982–83Houston Rockets814328.4.476.500.6837.62.0.61.012.9
1983–84Houston Rockets81412.3.406.000.6523.2.9.2.35.0
Career1303 ?38.4.452.147.67012.51.81.02.021.0
All-Star12422.0.4030.6477.71.4.4.510.5

See also[edit]

NBA[edit]

College[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four Individual and Team Records
  2. ^ a b 2007–2008 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide - PDF copy available at www.uclabruins.com. pg. 61 Post Season Scoring Recaps
  3. ^ http://www.iotaphitheta.org/about/notable-iota-men-2
  4. ^ Callahan, Tom (1985-12-23). "Impressions in Black and White". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  5. ^ Local basketball legend now a sheriff's deputy
  6. ^ "Elvin Hayes to Join Men's Basketball Radio Broadcast Crew". Houston Cougars athletics. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  7. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/mens_basketball/articles/2012/03/30/guy_lewis_still_waiting_for_call_from_hall/

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