Alex English

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Alex English
Alex English 1971 Dreher High School.JPG
English shooting the ball for the Dreher High School varsity basketball team in 1970-71.
No. 23, 22, 2
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1954-01-05) January 5, 1954 (age 60)
Columbia, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Dreher (Columbia, South Carolina)
College South Carolina (1972–1976)
NBA draft 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro playing career 1976–1992
Career history
19761978 Milwaukee Bucks
19781980 Indiana Pacers
1980–1990 Denver Nuggets
1990–1991 Dallas Mavericks
1991–1992 Basket Napoli (Italy)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 25,613 (21.5 ppg)
Rebounds 6,538 (5.5 rpg)
Assists 4,351 (3.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Alexander English (born January 5, 1954) is a retired American basketball player who played at the forward position. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he played at the University of South Carolina and most notably with the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets.

He averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his NBA career and was the NBA's most prolific scorer during the 1980s. He was named to eight NBA All-Star teams, his #2 jersey was retired by the Nuggets, and he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.

NBA career[edit]

English spent the majority of his career with the Nuggets, but also played briefly with the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks. He was drafted in 1976 by the Bucks, and was part of a rookie class that includes fellow Hall of Famers Robert Parish, Adrian Dantley, and Dennis Johnson.

Most of his time in Milwaukee was spent as a back-up on a rebuilding team that lost Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. However, it was not until he was sent to Indiana in 1978 that he began his reputation as a scorer, averaging 16 points there on another subpar team before being traded to Denver.

English was traded to the Nuggets midway through the 1979–80 season for George McGinnis, a former Pacers star from their ABA days. It turned out to be one of the most one-sided trades in NBA history; McGinnis was only a shadow of his former self, and was out of the league by 1982.

English then commenced a highly low-key assault on the NBA scoring books. With the erratic, high-paced, and high-scoring Nuggets he averaged 21 points when he arrived in Denver in 1980, then proceeded with averages of 24, 25, 28, 26, 28, nearly 30 (in 1985–86), 29, 25, 27, and 18 points per game during his decade-long scoring spree. That made him the highest-scoring player of the time, a period where the NBA gained national prominence; he never sought out the spotlight, however. He decided to leave Denver in 1990, signing with the Dallas Mavericks.

He also led the Nuggets to nine consecutive playoffs, and for himself was awarded with three All-NBA Second Teams (1982, 1985, 1986), 8 All-Star appearances, set 31 team records in his decade in Denver, helped Denver win 2 Midwest Division titles and get to the 1985 Western Conference Finals, and was the leading scorer in 55% of the games he played in Denver.

English's NBA career ended in 1991, with a short stint for the Dallas Mavericks, where he once again played back-up, averaging almost 10 points a game. No one cared to sign him for the next season, and after a stint in Italy, English was done. The Nuggets retired his number in 1992.

At the time of his retirement, he was sixth in the NBA's history in scoring. He is still the all-time leading scorer in Nuggets' history.

Also, his number "2" rainbow Nuggets jersey replicas became hugely popular starting in the 1990s.[according to whom?]

English's style has been described as smooth and elegant. Not possessing the physical strength of contemporaries such as Dominique Wilkins and James Worthy, English instead relied on technique and finesse, and was able to shoot the ball high above his head. These skills allowed him to place 18th on the NBA all-time scoring list as of 2014 with 25,613 points.[1] He was the first player ever to string together eight straight 2,000-point seasons. He has the distinction of being the top scorer in the 1980s.

Recent[edit]

From June 2004 to July 2011, English was the director of player development and an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors. He joined the Raptors after spending the previous two season as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks. On June 5, 2009, it was announced that English would stay with the Raptors as an assistant coach. On July 13, 2011, with the team heading in a new direction, English was not given a new contract, and his services were not retained. On January 13, 2012, he was added to the Sacramento Kings coaching staff under head coach Keith Smart.

On June 5, 2013, new Kings coach Michael Malone announced that the 2012–13 assistant coaches would not be retained for the 2013–14 season.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Alex English has dabbled in acting. His debut came in the 1987 motion picture Amazing Grace and Chuck, playing a fictitious Boston Celtics star. He has also had roles in the television series Midnight Caller 1989 and played the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Eddie (1996). To date, his last role was as "The Premiere" 1997's The Definite Maybe.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1976–77 Milwaukee 60 10.8 .477 .767 2.8 .4 .3 .3 5.2
1977–78 Milwaukee 82 18.9 .542 .727 4.8 1.6 .5 .7 9.6
1978–79 Milwaukee 81 33.3 .511 .752 8.1 3.3 .9 1.0 16.0
1979–80 Indiana 54 28.3 .504 .000 .814 7.0 2.6 .8 .6 14.9
1979–80 Denver 24 36.5 .485 .667 .762 9.4 3.4 1.2 1.2 21.3
1980–81 Denver 81 38.2 .494 .600 .850 8.0 3.6 1.3 1.2 23.8
1981–82 Denver 82 82 36.8 .551 .000 .840 6.8 5.3 1.1 1.5 25.4
1982–83 Denver 82 82 36.4 .516 .167 .829 7.3 4.8 1.4 1.5 28.4
1983–84 Denver 82 77 35.0 .529 .143 .824 5.7 5.0 1.0 1.2 26.4
1984–85 Denver 81 81 36.1 .518 .200 .829 5.7 4.2 1.2 .6 27.9
1985–86 Denver 81 81 37.3 .504 .200 .862 5.0 4.0 .9 .4 29.8
1986–87 Denver 82 82 37.6 .503 .267 .844 4.2 5.1 .9 .3 28.6
1987–88 Denver 80 80 35.2 .495 .000 .828 4.7 4.7 .9 .3 25.0
1988–89 Denver 82 82 36.5 .491 .250 .858 4.0 4.7 .8 .1 26.5
1989–90 Denver 80 80 27.6 .491 .400 .880 3.6 2.8 .6 .3 17.9
1990–91 Dallas 79 26 22.1 .439 .000 .850 3.2 1.3 .5 .3 9.7
Career 1,193 753 [a] 31.9 .507 .217 [b] .832 5.5 3.6 .9 .7 21.5
All-Star 8 4 18.5 .500 .500 2.3 1.9 .8 .5 9.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1978 Milwaukee 9 23.1 .615 .781 4.7 1.4 .7 .8 13.4
1982 Denver 3 39.3 .473 .857 7.7 5.7 1.0 1.0 19.3
1983 Denver 7 38.6 .447 .000 .887 6.3 6.0 .6 1.0 25.9
1983 Denver 5 40.6 .588 .000 .893 8.0 5.6 .6 .4 29.0
1985 Denver 14 14 38.3 .536 .000 .890 6.6 4.5 1.2 .4 30.2
1986 Denver 10 10 39.4 .463 .000 .859 3.5 5.2 .4 .4 27.3
1987 Denver 3 3 25.3 .510 .857 4.7 3.3 .0 .0 18.7
1988 Denver 11 11 39.8 .455 .000 .814 5.4 4.4 .6 .3 24.3
1989 Denver 3 3 36.0 .516 .875 4.3 3.7 .3 .0 26.0
1990 Denver 3 3 25.3 .568 .818 3.0 3.0 .7 .3 19.7
Career 68 44 [a] 35.7 .503 .000 [b] .862 5.5 4.3 .7 .5 24.4
  • a Incomplete statistics.
  • b The NBA adopted the three-point line in the 1979–80 season.

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