Bill McGill

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Bill McGill
No. 12, 40, 24, 14, 25
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1939-09-16) September 16, 1939 (age 74)
San Angelo, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Jefferson (Los Angeles, California)
College Utah (1959–1962)
NBA draft 1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Chicago Zephyrs
Pro playing career 1962–1970
Career history
19621963 Chicago Zephyrs / Baltimore Bullets
1963–1964 New York Knicks
1964 St. Louis Hawks
1965 Los Angeles Lakers
1968–1969 Denver Rockets (ABA)
1969 Los Angeles Stars (ABA)
1969–1970 Pittsburgh Pipers (ABA)
1970 Dallas Chaparrals (ABA)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 3,094 (10.5 ppg)
Rebounds 1,286 (4.4 rpg)
Assists 330 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

Bill "The Hill" McGill (born September 16, 1939) is a retired American basketball player. His life is chronicled in "Bill, 'The Hill,' and the Jump Hook," as told by him to Eric Brach [1]

NCAA achievement[edit]

A 6'9" center/forward from the University of Utah, he was the NCAA scoring leader in the 1961-1962 season with 1,009 points in 26 games (38.8 points per game), a higher one-season average than any previous player except Frank Selvy in the 1953-1954 season. McGill was honored in 2008 as a member of the University of Utah All-Century team.[2]

Pro career[edit]

McGill was selected by the Chicago Zephyrs with the first pick of the 1962 NBA Draft. He played three seasons (1962–65) in the NBA and 2 seasons (1968–70) in the ABA. In his ABA/NBA career, he scored a combined 3,094 points.

Post career[edit]

His pro basketball career did not bring him wealth or security. By the early 1970s, he was in debt and living on the streets before sportswriter Brad Pye Jr. arranged for McGill to be employed by Hughes Aircraft; that job ended in 1995.[3]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Crowe, Jerry; Los Angeles Times After basketball, McGill’s hills became mountains, February 21, 2011; page C2.[1]

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