Willie Wise

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Willie Wise
Willie Wise and Julius Erving.jpg
Wise being guarded by New York Nets player Julius Erving.
No. 42
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1947-03-03) March 3, 1947 (age 67)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Balboa (San Francisco, California)
College City College of San Francisco (1965–1967)
Drake (1967–1969)
NBA draft 1969 / Round: 5 / Pick: 64th overall
Selected by the San Francisco Warriors
Pro career 1969–1977
Career history
19691974 Los Angeles / Utah Stars (ABA)
19741976 Virginia Squires (ABA)
1976–1977 Denver Nuggets
1977 Seattle SuperSonics
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 9,727 (17.6 ppg)
Rebounds 4,578 (8.3 rpg)
Assists 1,594 (2.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Willie M. Wise (born March 3, 1947) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'6" forward from Drake University, Wise earned a spot on the American Basketball Association's (ABA) Los Angeles (later Utah) Stars in 1969. He would prove to be one of the best all-around players in the league, as he was both a proficient scorer (19.2 points per game during his ABA career) and a highly-esteemed defender. Indeed, while playing for the Stars, who won the 1971 ABA Championship, Sports Illustrated described him as "the best two-way performer in pro basketball".[1] Wise later played with the Virginia Squires.

After the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, Wise played one full season and part of a second in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Denver Nuggets and Seattle SuperSonics.

On 7 February 2009, Drake University retired Wise's #42 jersey that he wore for the Bulldogs.[2]

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