Don Ohl

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Don Ohl
Personal information
Born (1936-04-18) April 18, 1936 (age 80)
Murphysboro, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Edwardsville (Edwardsville, Illinois)
College Illinois (1955–1958)
NBA draft 1958 / Round: 5 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career 1959–1970
Position Guard
Number 10, 30
Career history
1959–1960 Peoria Cats (AAU)
19601964 Detroit Pistons
19641968 Baltimore Bullets
19681970 St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 11,549 (15.9 ppg)
Rebounds 2,163 (3.0 rpg)
Assists 2,243 (3.1 apg)
Stats at

Donald Jay Ohl (born April 18, 1936) is an American former professional basketball player who spent 10 seasons (1960–1970) in the National Basketball Association. His nickname was Waxie because of his crew cut.[1]

College career[edit]

Ohl attended Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Illinois, and the University of Illinois.

Professional career[edit]

Ohl played for the Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, and St.Louis/Atlanta Hawks. Among the best distance shooters of his time, the 6'3", 190-pound guard scored 11,549 points and appeared in five NBA All-Star Games in his career.

Shortly after the 1963–64 campaign, Ohl was involved one of the first so-called megatrades, this one an eight-player deal between the Pistons and Bullets. On June 9, 1964, the Pistons sent Ohl, center Bob Ferry, forward Bailey Howell, forward Les Hunter and the draft rights to guard Wally (later Wali) Jones to the Bullets in exchange for forwards Terry Dischinger and Don Kojis and guard Rod Thorn. The deal turned out to a fortuitous one for the Bullets, as Howell and Ohl became mainstays with the team.

Ohl experienced his finest hour in the 1965 playoffs, which saw the Bullets eliminate the St. Louis Hawks in four games in round one. In the Western Division finals, Ohl and future Hall of Fame guard Jerry West were locked in a tense shootout that saw West and the Los Angeles Lakers finally prevail in six games, each of which was decided by eights points or fewer. Ohl averaged 26.1 points in 10 games that post-season.


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