Alex Hannum

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Alex Hannum
Personal information
Born (1923-07-19)July 19, 1923
Los Angeles, California
Died January 18, 2002(2002-01-18) (aged 78)
San Diego, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Alexander Hamilton
(Los Angeles, California)
College USC (1942–1943; 1946–1948)
NBA draft 1948 / Round: -- / Pick: --
Selected by the Indianapolis Jets
Pro career 1948–1957
Position Power forward / Center
Number 10, 11, 20, 4, 6, 33, 18
Coaching career 1957–1974
Career history
As player:
1948–1949 Oshkosh All-Stars (NBL)
19491951 Syracuse Nationals
1951–1952 Baltimore Bullets
1952–1954 Rochester Royals
19541956 Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks
1956 Fort Wayne Pistons
1956–1957 St. Louis Hawks
As coach:
19571958 St. Louis Hawks
19601963 Syracuse Nationals
19631966 San Francisco Warriors
19661968 Philadelphia 76ers
1968–1969 Oakland Oaks (ABA)
19691971 San Diego Rockets
19711974 Denver Rockets (ABA)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 3,078 (6.0 ppg)
Rebound 2,013 (4.5 rpg)
Assists 857 (1.7 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach

Alexander Murray Hannum (July 19, 1923 – January 18, 2002) was a professional basketball player and Hall-of-Fame coach.

Coaching career[edit]

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 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, California, and graduate of the University of Southern California, died at the age of 78 in San Diego, California.

Playing career[edit]

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.

College career[edit]

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

High school career[edit]

Hannum prepped at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.


  • 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]


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

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruce Hale
Oakland Oaks head coach
Succeeded by
Al Bianchi