Alvan Adams

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Alvan Adams
No. 33
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1954-07-19) July 19, 1954 (age 59)
Lawrence, Kansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Putnam City
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
College Oklahoma (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career 1975–1988
Career history
19751988 Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 13,910 (14.1 ppg)
Rebounds 6,937 (7.0 rpg)
Assists 4,012 (4.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Alvan Leigh Adams (born July 19, 1954) is a retired American professional basketball player. After starring at the University of Oklahoma, the 6'9" (2.06 m) power forward/center was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 4th pick of the 1975 NBA Draft. Adams was a rookie on a Suns team whose season included an improbable playoff run that took them all the way to the 1976 NBA Finals. In the same year, he was selected to play in the All-Star Game and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award as well as being named to the All-NBA Rookie Team. Adams spent his entire career with the Suns and retired in 1988 as the second all-time Suns scorer with 13,910 career points.

College career[edit]

During 26 games of the 1973–74 season Adams tied an Oklahoma school record with 21 double-doubles for a season by a Sooner (Garfield Heard, 1969–70 also had 21 in 27 games). That record stood until it was broken by Blake Griffin on February 14, 2009.[1][2]

Adams is one of only three players in the history of the University of Oklahoma men's basketball program to score at least 40 points and get 20 rebounds in a game along with Wayman Tisdale (61 points, 22 rebounds against Texas–San Antonio in 1983) and Blake Griffin (40 points, 23 rebounds against Texas Tech on February 14, 2009).[3]

He is one of only four Sooners to have his college jersey (#33) retired by the OU program (Wayman Tisdale (#23), Mookie Blaylock (#10) and Stacey King (#33) are the other three).[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

On February 22, 1977, Adams recorded a triple-double with 47 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists against the Buffalo Braves. He is one of four players in NBA history (along with Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and Vince Carter) to have as many as 46 points and 16 rebounds in a triple-double performance.[6]

Adams's jersey number (33) was retired, but on the signing of free agent Grant Hill, Adams granted him permission to wear his familiar No. 33 with the Suns.[7]

Adams is the franchise leader in games played, minutes played, rebounds, and steals; second in field goals made and attempted; third in assists; and fourth in blocks.

He is currently the Suns Vice President for Facility Management for US Airways Center.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games 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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1975–76 Phoenix 80 33.2 .469 .735 9.1 5.6 1.5 1.5 19.0
1976–77 Phoenix 72 31.6 .474 .754 9.1 4.5 1.3 1.2 18.0
1977–78 Phoenix 70 27.3 .485 .730 8.1 3.2 1.2 .9 15.5
1978–79 Phoenix 77 30.7 .530 .799 9.2 4.7 1.4 .8 17.8
1979–80 Phoenix 75 28.9 .531 .000 .797 8.1 4.3 1.4 .7 14.9
1980–81 Phoenix 75 27.4 .526 .000 .768 7.3 4.6 1.4 .9 14.9
1981–82 Phoenix 79 75 30.3 .494 .000 .781 7.4 4.5 1.4 1.0 15.1
1982–83 Phoenix 80 75 30.6 .486 .333 .829 6.9 4.7 1.4 .9 14.2
1983–84 Phoenix 70 13 20.7 .462 .000 .825 4.6 3.1 1.0 .4 9.6
1984–85 Phoenix 82 69 26.0 .520 .000 .883 6.1 3.8 1.4 .6 14.7
1985–86 Phoenix 78 45 25.7 .502 .000 .783 6.1 4.2 1.3 .6 10.8
1986–87 Phoenix 68 40 24.9 .503 .000 .788 5.0 3.3 .9 .5 11.1
1987–88 Phoenix 82 25 20.1 .496 .500 .844 4.5 2.2 1.0 .5 7.5
Career 988 342 27.5 .498 .133 .788 7.0 4.1 1.3 .8 14.1
All-Star 1 0 11.0 .500 3.0 4.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1975–76 Phoenix 19 35.2 .452 .817 10.1 5.2 1.4 1.1 17.9
1977–78 Phoenix 2 35.5 .455 1.000 8.0 2.0 1.0 .5 16.0
1978–79 Phoenix 12 31.0 .475. .710 7.5 4.4 .9 1.0 12.8
1979–80 Phoenix 8 31.4 .566 .895 9.6 5.8 .9 1.3 16.1
1980–81 Phoenix 7 31.1 .450 .714 5.9 3.7 .6 .1 10.6
1981–82 Phoenix 7 33.3 .522 .786 7.9 3.7 2.0 .7 16.9
1982–83 Phoenix 3 28.0 .469 .714 6.0 4.7 .6 1.7 11.7
1983–84 Phoenix 17 18.4 .421 .679 5.1 2.5 1.0 .6 18.4
Career 78 29.3 .473 .766 7.5 4.1 1.1 .9 13.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Helsley, John (February 15, 2009). "Blake Griffin has 40 points, 23 boards for No. 2 Sooners against Texas Tech". The Oklahoman. 
  2. ^ "Capel's Sooners Still Streaking". Oklahoma Sports / SoonerSports.com (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  3. ^ Latzke, Jeff (February 14, 2009). "Blake Griffin has 40 points, 23 boards for No. 2 Sooners against Texas Tech". Associated Press – (c/o The Oklahoman). 
  4. ^ "Retired Jerseys". Oklahoma Sports / SoonerSports.com (CBS Interactive). Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  5. ^ NOTE: OU does not retire the number, but the jersey, "Tisdale 23"; Griffin also wears #23.
  6. ^ Elias, Peter. – Elias Says: "Kidd, Carter match feat not done since Jordan, Pippen in 1989". – Associated Press. – (c/o ESPN).
  7. ^ Faye, Brad G. (July 11, 2007). "Oklahoma Kid 'OK' With Grant Hill Wearing No. 33". National Basketball Association - NBA.com. 

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