Bob Elliott (basketball)
|Center / Power forward|
August 18, 1955 |
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Michigan)|
|NBA draft||1977 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|1977–1978||Fernet Tonic Bologna (Italy)|
|1978–1981||New Jersey Nets|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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Robert Alan Elliott (born August 18, 1955) is an American former basketball player. Elliott was a three time academic and athletic All-American at the University of Arizona, leading his team to one Western Athletic Conference championship and two NCAA tournament appearances. He was 1977 Third Team All American, a 1975, 1976 and 1977 Third Team All-WAC conference honoree, and a 1975, 1976, and 1977 Academic All American. Bob received a bachelor of science in accounting, and later, an MBA from the University of Arizona as well. He is the current Head-Chairmen of the Retired NBA Players Association
University of Arizona basketball (73-77)
Elliott came to the University of Arizona from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Many Arizona basketball advocates credit the young Elliott for introducing modern Arizona basketball to the nation under the coaching styles of Fred "The Fox" Snowden (the first black head basketball coach in D1 collegiate basketball). At a time when UCLA was the west coast powerhouse athletic program, Tucson underwent the changes to move from small "Olde Pueblo" town with a great university, to the U of A metropolis that it is today. McKale Center generated not only money from the new center build to replace Bear Down Gym (a small gym located off of the Mall), but sold out games and revenue from the Snowden Era, bringing the basketball genre to the forefront. Elliott is noted to have had "one of the best drop steps you will ever see. He had an 18.6 career scoring average while in college between 1973-1977 (and the 3 pointer was introduced his senior year). He is still the University of Arizona's career scoring leader with 2,131 points, and holds U of A career marks for field goals (808), attempted field goals (1,512), free throws (515), and attempted free throws (767). He scored 39 points against Utah in 1977, which is noted as the fourth best all time single game performance at U of A.
Elliott may be best known in younger generations for his voice work as a color-commentator on NBA Live games with late sportscaster (and former Memphis Grizzlies announcer) Don Poier from 1999 to 2003.
Bob Elliott in involved with multiple charities and notably has a scholarship set up in the name of him and his wife through the University of Arizona. He is an avid musician and plays at national events with the NBA Retired Players Association Band, which is closely linked with NBA Cares events as well. His wife is also a very involved and accredited member of the Tucson Unified School District, has national counseling awards and multiple degrees, and also stays involved in community groups and community relations groups.
- Bob Elliott biography at Pioneer Athletics website
- Career stats at NBA.com
- Bob Elliott NBA career statistics