Bill Melchionni

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Bill Melchionni
Personal information
Born (1944-10-19) October 19, 1944 (age 73)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Bishop Eustace Prep
(Pennsauken Township, New Jersey)
College Villanova (1963–1966)
NBA draft 1966 / Round: 2 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1966–1976
Position Point guard
Number 28, 3, 25
Career history
19661968 Philadelphia 76ers
19681970 Trenton Colonials
19691976 New York Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 6,870 (10.6 ppg)
Rebounds 1,284 (2.0 rpg)
Assists 3,247 (5.0 apg)
Stats at

William P. Melchionni (born October 19, 1944) is an American former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player.

Melchionni was a wispy guard from Bishop Eustace Prep (in his hometown of Pennsauken Township, New Jersey) who was a collegiate star in the mid-1960s at Villanova University and was the Most Valuable Player in the 1966 NIT, when Villanova finished in third place in the tournament.[1]

Upon graduation from Villanova, Melchionni joined the Phillips 66ers AAU Elite team, where he starred for a season before returning to his hometown to join the Philadelphia 76ers.

Melchionni was a key reserve on what is, statistically speaking, the greatest 76ers team ever, the NBA Champions led by Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, and Chet Walker in 1967. The team was coached by another AAU Elite alum, Alex Hannum.

Melchionni then jumped to the upstart ABA, becoming a key cog with the New York Nets. He played alongside Rick Barry, and later mentored a young Julius Erving. Melchionni was a key player in the 1974 ABA Championship, led by Erving, Larry Kenon, John Williamson, and Billy Paultz.

Melchionni played in three ABA All-Star Games, and was named to the All-ABA First Team in 1972. Melchionni led the ABA in assists per game in1971, 1972 and 1973.

Melchionni's number 25 jersey was retired by both the Nets and Villanova.

Melchionni's brother, Gary Melchionni, was a two-year captain for Duke University and was an All-ACC performer. Gary's son and Bill's nephew, Lee Melchionni, played for the Duke Blue Devils from 2002–2006.


  1. ^ Laible, Don (16 April 2016). "Wilt, Dr J, the ABA Melchionni Saw It All". Observer-Dispatch. Retrieved 25 August 2017. From starring as a guard at Bishop Eustace Prep in his hometown of Pennsauken, New Jersey, to becoming a collegiate star in the mid-1960s at Villanova, and ultimately being a member of three professional championship teams, Melchionni saw, first-hand, some of the game's all-time greats, up close and personal. 

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