Bennie Swain

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Bennie Swain
Personal information
Born (1933-12-16)December 16, 1933
Talladega, Alabama
Died June 19, 2008(2008-06-19) (aged 74)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Westside (Talladega, Alabama)
College Texas Southern (1954–1958)
NBA draft 1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1958–1959
Position Forward
Number 16
Career history
1958–1959 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 265 (4.6 ppg)
Rebounds 262 (4.5 rpg)
Assists 29 (0.5 apg)
Stats at

Bennie S. Swain (December 16, 1933 – June 19, 2008[1]) was an American professional basketball player.

A 6'8" forward/center, Swain played at Texas Southern University in the 1950s. He led the nation in scoring during the 1957-58 season and was named an All-American. After graduating, Swain was selected by the Boston Celtics with the eighth pick of the 1958 NBA Draft. He played one season for the Celtics, contributing 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game en route to the 1959 NBA Championship.

He was the first Texas Southern University player to earn a NBA Championship ring.

Swain later served as a high school basketball coach.


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