|Born||July 19, 1954|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Putnam City|
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
|NBA draft||1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||13,910 (14.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||6,937 (7.0 rpg)|
|Assists||4,012 (4.1 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Alvan Leigh Adams (born July 19, 1954) is an American former professional basketball player. Adams spent his entire career with the Phoenix Suns and retired in 1988 as the second all-time Suns scorer with 13,910 career points.
During 26 games of the 1973–74 season Adams tied an Oklahoma school record with 21 double-doubles for a season by a Sooner (Garfield Heard, 1969–70 also had 21 in 27 games). That record stood until it was broken by Blake Griffin on February 14, 2009.
Adams is one of only three players in the history of the University of Oklahoma men's basketball program to score at least 40 points and get 20 rebounds in a game along with Wayman Tisdale (61 points, 22 rebounds against Texas–San Antonio in 1983) and Blake Griffin (40 points, 23 rebounds against Texas Tech on February 14, 2009).
After playing college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners, Adams was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 4th pick of the 1975 NBA draft. Adams was a rookie on a Suns team whose season included an improbable playoff run that took them all the way to the 1976 NBA Finals. In the same year, he was selected to play in the All-Star Game and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award as well as being named to the All-NBA Rookie Team.
On February 22, 1977, Adams recorded a triple-double with 47 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists against the Buffalo Braves. He is one of five players in NBA history (along with Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Russell Westbrook and Vince Carter) to have as many as 46 points and 16 rebounds in a triple-double performance.
He is currently the Suns Vice President for Facility Management for the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- "Alvan Adams Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
- "Alvan Adams College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
- Helsley, John (February 15, 2009). "Blake Griffin has 40 points, 23 boards for No. 2 Sooners against Texas Tech". The Oklahoman.
- "Capel's Sooners Still Streaking". Oklahoma Sports / SoonerSports.com (CBS Interactive). Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
- Latzke, Jeff (February 14, 2009). "Blake Griffin has 40 points, 23 boards for No. 2 Sooners against Texas Tech". Associated Press – (c/o The Oklahoman).
- "Alvan Adams Makes NBA History After Eating 47 Chicken Wings". Phoenix Suns. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
- "Retired Jerseys". Oklahoma Sports / SoonerSports.com (CBS Interactive). Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
- NOTE: OU does not retire the number, but the jersey, "Tisdale 23"; Griffin also wears #23.
- Elias, Peter. – Elias Says: "Kidd, Carter match feat not done since Jordan, Pippen in 1989". – Associated Press. – (c/o ESPN).
- Writer, Joe Buettner | Transcript Sports. "OU men's basketball all-time team: Alvan Adams was a star from start to finish of Sooner career". Norman Transcript. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
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