Alex English

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Alex English
Alex English, Jay Triano, Marc Iavaroni.jpg
2009–10 Toronto Raptors coaching staff, L to R: Alex English, Marc Iavaroni and Jay Triano
Personal information
Born (1954-01-05) January 5, 1954 (age 63)
Columbia, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Dreher (Columbia, South Carolina)
College South Carolina (1972–1976)
NBA draft 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career 1976–1992
Position Small forward
Number 23, 22, 2
Career history
19761978 Milwaukee Bucks
19781980 Indiana Pacers
19801990 Denver Nuggets
1990–1991 Dallas Mavericks
1991–1992 Basket Napoli
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 25,613 (21.5 ppg)
Rebounds 6,538 (5.5 rpg)
Assists 4,351 (3.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Alexander English (born January 5, 1954) is an American retired basketball player. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he played college basketball at the University of South Carolina.

Upon his arrival in Denver in 1980, English commenced a highly low-key assault on the NBA scoring books. With the erratic, fast-paced, and high-scoring Nuggets, he averaged 21 points through the final 24 games of the 1979-80 season, then proceeded with averages of 24, 25, 28, 26, 28, nearly 30 (in the 1985–86 season), 29, 25, 27, and 18 points per game during his decade-long scoring spree. He also led the Nuggets to nine consecutive playoff appearances, two Midwest Division titles, and the 1985 Western Conference Finals. English set 31 team records throughout his decade in Denver, and was the leading scorer in 55% of the games he played for the Nuggets.

In total, English played 15 seasons in the NBA for four different teams, averaging 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his NBA career. He was named to eight NBA All-Star teams and made the All-NBA Second Team three times. His number 2 jersey was retired by the Denver Nuggets in 1992 and he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Playing career[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

After playing four years at the University of South Carolina, English was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd round of the 1976 NBA Draft with the 23rd pick.[1]

Indiana Pacers[edit]

English signed with the Indiana Pacers as a free agent after the 1977-78 season. English became a starter in Indiana and began to establish a reputation as a scorer, averaging 16 points per game during the 1978-79 season on another rebuilding team.[1]

Denver Nuggets[edit]

English was traded to the Denver Nuggets midway through the 1979–80 season for George McGinnis, a former Pacers star from their ABA days. Though coming off of an All-Star season in 1978-79, McGinnis was only a shadow of his former self and was out of the league by 1982.[2]

In his first full season with the Nuggets in 1980-81, English averaged a then-career high 23.8 points.[3]

In the 1981-82 season, English averaged 25.4 points and the team advanced to postseason play. He earned a position on the All-Star Team and All-NBA Second Team. The following year, in 1982-83, English won the league scoring title with an average of 28.4 points per game, while teammate Kiki Vandeweghe placed second averaging 26.7 points. Then in 1983-84 English placed fourth in the league in scoring.[1]

In the 1984-85 season English raised his scoring average to 27.9 points to pick up some of the slack from Kiki Vandeweghe's departure. Denver won its division and secured the second seed in the Western Conference. In the 1985 playoffs, English averaged 30.2 points as the Nuggets defeated the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz to meet the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, where they would fall to the eventual NBA-champion Lakers in five games. English recorded his career-best average of 29.8 points per game in the following 1985-86 season, finishing third in the league behind Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins and Utah's Adrian Dantley. In the 1986 NBA All-Star Game, English set his All-Star career high by scoring 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench for the West squad.[1]

After the 1989-90 season, in which English's scoring average dipped to 17.9 and he largely struggled to maintain his level of play compared to previous seasons,[4] English became a free agent, and the Nuggets elected not to re-sign him.[1]

Dallas Mavericks and Basket Napoli[edit]

At age 36, English signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks where he once again played off the bench, this time averaging just under 10 points per game. No other NBA team signed him for the next season, and after a stint in Italy with Basket Napoli, English retired.[1]

Post-retirement and legacy[edit]

When English left Denver, he was the holder of nearly every team record, including most career points (21,645), assists (3,679), games (837) and minutes (29,893) in a Nuggets uniform, along with the highest career scoring average with the team (25.9) of any player. The Nuggets retired English's number 2 jersey in 1992. As of 2017, English's career 25,613 points place him 18th on the NBA's all-time career scoring list.[5] English was the first to achieve eight straight 2,000-point seasons, and he has the distinction of being the top scorer in the 1980s. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

From June 2004 to July 2011, English was the director of player development and an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors. He joined the Raptors after spending the previous two season as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks. On June 5, 2009, it was announced that English would stay with the Raptors as an assistant coach. On July 13, 2011, with the team heading in a new direction, English was not given a new contract, and his services were not retained.

On January 13, 2012, he was added to the Sacramento Kings coaching staff under head coach Keith Smart. On June 5, 2013, new Kings coach Michael Malone announced that the 2012–13 assistant coaches, including English, would not be retained for the 2013–14 season.[6]

Post-coaching[edit]

It was announced that Alex English was added as a color analyst on SEC Network on November 11, 2014.[7]

Since 2014, English has also been an active participant in the SportsUnited Sports Envoy program for the U.S. Department of State. In this function, he has traveled to Italy, the Republic of Korea, and Chile, where he worked with Nykesha Sales and Candace Wiggins to conduct basketball clinics and events that reached more than 1900 youth from underserved areas. In so doing, English helped contribute to SportsUnited's mission to reach out to youth populations in order to promote growth and a stable democratic government.[8][9][10]

Acting career[edit]

Alex English has dabbled in acting. His debut came in the 1987 motion picture Amazing Grace and Chuck, playing a fictitious Boston Celtics star. He has also had roles in the television series Midnight Caller 1989 and played the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Eddie (1996). To date[when?], his last role was as "The Premiere" in 1997's "The Definite Maybe."

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
* Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1976–77 Milwaukee 60 6 10.8 .477 - .767 2.8 .4 .3 .3 3.2
1977–78 Milwaukee 82 4 18.9 .542 - .727 4.8 1.6 .5 .7 9.6
1978–79 Indiana 81 69 33.3 .511 - .752 8.1 3.3 .9 1.0 16.0
1979–80 Indiana 54 15 28.3 .504 .000 .814 7.0 2.6 .8 .6 14.9
1979–80 Denver 24 24 36.5 .485 .667 .762 9.4 3.4 1.2 1.2 21.3
1980–81 Denver 81 81 38.2 .494 .600 .850 8.0 3.6 1.3 1.2 23.8
1981–82 Denver 82 82 36.8 .551 .000 .840 6.8 5.3 1.1 1.5 25.4
1982–83 Denver 82 82 36.4 .516 .167 .829 7.3 4.8 1.4 1.5 28.4*
1983–84 Denver 82 77 35.0 .529 .143 .824 5.7 5.0 1.0 1.2 26.4
1984–85 Denver 81 81 36.1 .518 .200 .829 5.7 4.2 1.2 .6 27.9
1985–86 Denver 81 81 37.3 .504 .200 .862 5.0 4.0 .9 .4 29.8
1986–87 Denver 82 82 37.6 .503 .267 .844 4.2 5.1 .9 .3 28.6
1987–88 Denver 80 80 35.2 .495 .000 .828 4.7 4.7 .9 .3 25.0
1988–89 Denver 82 82 36.5 .491 .250 .858 4.0 4.7 .8 .1 26.5
1989–90 Denver 80 80 27.6 .491 .400 .880 3.6 2.8 .6 .3 17.9
1990–91 Dallas 79 26 22.1 .439 .000 .850 3.2 1.3 .5 .3 9.7
Career 1,193 753 31.9 .507 .217[a] .832 5.5 3.6 .9 .7 21.5
All-Star 8 4 18.5 .500 .000 .500 2.3 1.9 .8 .5 9.1
  • a The NBA adopted the three-point line in the 1979–80 season.

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1978 Milwaukee 9 - 23.1 .615 - .781 4.7 1.4 .7 .8 13.4
1982 Denver 3 - 39.3 .473 .000 .857 7.7 5.7 1.0 1.0 19.3
1983 Denver 7 - 38.6 .447 .000 .887 6.3 6.0 .6 1.0 25.9
1984 Denver 5 - 40.6 .588 .000 .893 8.0 5.6 .6 .4 29.0
1985 Denver 14 14 38.3 .536 .000 .890 6.6 4.5 1.2 .4 30.2
1986 Denver 10 10 39.4 .463 .000 .859 3.5 5.2 .4 .4 27.3
1987 Denver 3 3 25.3 .510 .000 .857 4.7 3.3 .0 .0 18.7
1988 Denver 11 11 39.8 .455 .000 .814 5.4 4.4 .6 .3 24.3
1989 Denver 3 3 36.0 .516 .000 .875 4.3 3.7 .3 .0 26.0
1990 Denver 3 3 25.3 .568 .000 .818 3.0 3.0 .7 .3 19.7
Career 68 44[b] 35.7 .503 .000[a] .862 5.5 4.3 .7 .5 24.4
  • a The NBA adopted the three-point line in the 1979–80 season.
  • b Incomplete statistics.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NBA.com: Alex English Bio". www.nba.com. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Glenesk, Matthew. "Pacers at the trade deadline: A historical mixed bag". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "ESPN Classic - NBA All-Star Profile: Alex English". www.espn.com. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Smith, Sam. "In Plain English: Alex Not A Happy Nugget". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/pts_career.html
  6. ^ Mike Malone tells assistant Kings coaches they will not be retained
  7. ^ Muller, Brad. "Alex English added as color analyst on SEC Network". Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "NBA: Once a Neapolitan, Always a Neapolitan | Naples, Italy – Consulate General of the United States". naples.usconsulate.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  9. ^ "(Yonhap Interview) U.S. sports envoys hope to inspire underprivileged kids to succeed". english.yonhapnews.co.kr. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  10. ^ "November 14 | Santiago, Chile – Embassy of the United States". chile.usembassy.gov. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 

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