Hannum in 1969
July 19, 1923|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||January 18, 2002
San Diego, California
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Alexander Hamilton
(Los Angeles, California)
|College||USC (1942–1943; 1946–1948)|
|NBA draft||1948 / Round: -- / Pick: --|
|Selected by the Indianapolis Jets|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||10, 11, 20, 4, 6, 33, 18|
|1954–1956||Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks|
|1956||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1956–1957||St. Louis Hawks|
|1956–1958||St. Louis Hawks|
|1963–1966||San Francisco Warriors|
|1969–1971||San Diego Rockets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,078 (6.0 ppg)|
|Rebound||2,013 (4.5 rpg)|
|Assists||857 (1.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as coach|
Alexander Murray Hannum (July 19, 1923 – January 18, 2002) was a professional basketball player and Hall-of-Fame coach.
High school career
Hannum prepped at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.
Hannum played in the NBA between 1949 and 1957. After a season with the Oshkosh All-Stars, followed by the formation of the National Basketball Association, he played for several NBA teams and scored more than 3,000 points.
Hannum is mostly known for coaching the Wilt Chamberlain-led Philadelphia 76ers of 1966–67 to the NBA championship, ending the eight-year title streak of the Boston Celtics. He had also coached the Bob Pettit-led St. Louis Hawks team to the 1958 NBA Championship over the Celtics in the NBA Finals, thus making him the first of only three head coaches in NBA history to win championships with two different teams (the other two are Phil Jackson and Pat Riley). The aforementioned seasons were the only two in Bill Russell's 13-year career in which the Celtics' center did not win an NBA championship. In 1964, Hannum was named NBA Coach of the Year while with the San Francisco Warriors.
In 1968 Hannum was named head coach and executive vice president of the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball Association. Hannum coached the Rick Barry-led Oaks to the 1969 ABA Championship, becoming the first of two coaches to win championships in both the NBA and ABA. Hannum won the ABA Coach of the Year honors the same season.
Hannum on April 8, 1971 left his position as head coach of the San Diego Rockets of the NBA to become President, General Manager and head coach of the ABA's Denver Rockets. In his first season the Rockets lost their opening playoff match to the Texas Chaparrals. On June 13, 1972 Hannum bought control of the Rockets with A.G. "Bud" Fischer and Frank M. Goldberg. In the 1972–73 season Hannum coached the Rockets to the 1973 ABA Playoffs but they lost in the first round of the Western Division playoffs to the Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1. Hannum returned the Rockets to the 1974 ABA Playoffs where they lost in their opening match to the San Diego Conquistadors. On April 30, 1974 Hannum was dismissed as president, general manager and head coach of the Rockets. Hannum's combined record (NBA and ABA), was 649–564 (.535) with a 61–46 record (.570) in the playoffs on 11 trips in 16 seasons.
Hannum was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. Thirteen Hall-of-Famers played for Hannum — in addition to Pettit, Chamberlain and Barry, he had also coached Cliff Hagan, Ed Macauley, Slater Martin, Dolph Schayes, Nate Thurmond, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy and Chet Walker. Hannum, a native of Los Angeles, and graduate of the University of Southern California, died at the age of 78 in San Diego.
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|St. Louis||1956–57||31||15||16||.484||3rd in Western||10||6||4||.600||Lost in NBA Finals|
|St. Louis||1957–58||72||41||31||.484||1st in Western||11||8||3||.727||Won NBA Finals|
|Syracuse||1960–61||79||38||41||.481||3rd in Eastern||8||4||4||.500||Lost Division Finals|
|Syracuse||1961–62||80||41||39||.513||3rd in Eastern||5||2||3||.400||Lost Division Semifinals|
|Syracuse||1962–63||80||48||32||.600||3rd in Eastern||8||4||4||.500||Lost Division Semifinals|
|San Francisco||1963–64||80||48||32||.600||1st in Western||8||4||4||.500||Lost in NBA Finals|
|San Francisco||1964–65||80||17||63||.524||5th in Western||-||-||-||-||Missed Playoffs|
|San Francisco||1965–66||80||35||45||.438||4th in Western||-||-||-||-||Missed Playoffs|
|Philadelphia||1966–67||81||68||13||.840||1st in Eastern||15||11||4||.733||Won NBA Finals|
|Philadelphia||1967–68||82||62||20||.756||1st in Eastern||13||7||6||.538||Lost Division Finals|
|Oakland||1968–69||78||60||18||.769||1st in Western||16||12||4||.750||Won ABA Finals|
|San Diego||1969–70||56||18||38||.321||7th in Western||-||-||-||-||Missed Playoffs|
|San Diego||1970–71||82||40||42||.488||3rd in Western||-||-||-||-||Missed Playoffs|
|Denver||1971–72||84||34||50||.405||4th in Western||7||3||4||.429||Lost Division Semifinals|
|Denver||1972–73||84||47||37||.560||3rd in Western||5||1||4||.200||Lost Division Semifinals|
|Denver||1973–74||84||37||47||.440||5th in Western||-||-||-||-||Missed Playoffs|
- Hannum is one of only three NBA players to receive more than six personal fouls in a single game (Don Otten and Cal Bowdler are the others). On December 26, 1950, Hannum received seven personal fouls in a game against the Boston Celtics.
- Alex Hannum at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Basketball Reference statistics (as a player)
- Basketball Reference statistics (as a coach)
|Oakland Oaks head coach