Joe Caldwell

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Joe Caldwell
Personal information
Born (1941-11-01) November 1, 1941 (age 77)
Texas City, Texas
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolJohn C. Fremont
(Los Angeles, California)
CollegeArizona State (1961–1964)
NBA draft1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1964–1975
Number21, 27
Career history
19641965Detroit Pistons
19651970St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks
19701975Carolina Cougars/Spirits of St. Louis
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points12,619 (16.1 ppg)
Rebounds4,117 (5.3 rpg)
Assists2,647 (3.4 apg)
Stats at

Joe Louis Caldwell (born November 1, 1941) is a retired American professional basketball player. Born in Texas City, Texas, he spent six seasons (1964–1970) in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and five seasons (1970–1975) in the now-defunct American Basketball Association (ABA), and was one of the few players to be an All-Star in both leagues. He was also a member of the United States Olympic basketball team that won gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Nicknamed "Pogo Joe" or "Jumping Joe" for his leaping abilities, Caldwell was a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) guard/forward from Arizona State University. Though drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1964, he spent the majority of his NBA career with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks franchise. After averaging 21.1 points per game during the 1969–70 NBA season, Caldwell jumped to the rival ABA, playing for the Carolina Cougars from 1970 to 1974. More than just a high-flying scorer, Caldwell was also a tenacious defender, and basketball legend Julius Erving once said that Caldwell guarded him better than any player in the ABA.

During the 1974–75 season, St. Louis management blamed Caldwell for influencing team star Marvin Barnes to briefly leave the team. Caldwell denied doing this but he was suspended for "activities detrimental to the best interests of professional basketball." Caldwell never played another professional basketball game and has filed various lawsuits because he believed that he was wrongly blacklisted by the ABA and later the NBA. He scored 12,619 combined NBA/ABA career points.

On November 20, 2010, ASU retired his collegiate number 32 before a game against the UAB Blazers.[1]

Caldwell is the grandfather of Marvin Bagley III, a power forward for the Sacramento Kings.[2]


  1. ^ "Sun Devils to Honor Joe Caldwell's No. 32 at Home Opener on Nov. 20 vs. UAB". Arizona State Sun Devils. November 10, 2010. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "Meet Marvin Bagley III, the Coveted Recruit with Unique Game and Pedigree". Retrieved March 25, 2018.

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