Mel Hutchins

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Mel Hutchins
Personal information
Born (1928-11-22) November 22, 1928 (age 88)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Arcadia (Arcadia, California)
College BYU (1947–1951)
NBA draft 1951 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Playing career 1951–1958
Position Power forward / Center
Number 14, 2, 9, 4, 10
Career history
19511953 Milwaukee Hawks
19531957 Fort Wayne Pistons
1957–1958 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,851 (11.1 ppg)
Rebounds 4,186 (9.6 rpg)
Assists 1,298 (3.0 apg)
Stats at

Melvin R. Hutchins (born November 22, 1928) is a retired American basketball player. He played professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1951 to 1958.

College career[edit]

A 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) power forwardcenter, Hutchins attended Brigham Young University in 1946–47 and 1947–48 as a freshman and sophomore, and after a one-year absence where he worked in Southern California, in 1949–50 and 1950–51. As a senior, he led BYU to the 1951 NIT National Championship. At the conclusion of the 1951 season, Hutchins played in the annual East-West College All-Star game, where he was named MVP after leading the West to victory.

On February 16, 2013, Hutchins and his BYU teammate Roland Minson had their jerseys retired during a ceremony at half-time of a BYU and University of Portland basketball game.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Hutchins was taken with the second pick in the 1951 NBA draft. He played for the Milwaukee Hawks, Fort Wayne Pistons, and New York Knicks. In 1952, as a rookie, he was the co-leader of the NBA in total rebounds with 880, at a rate of 13.3 rebounds per game. As of 2016, Hutchins and Wilt Chamberlain are the only rookies in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding. Hutchins and Bill Tosheff were named co-NBA Rookie of the Year by newspaper writers—a designation not currently recognized by the NBA, although it has appeared in the official NBA record book as recently as 1998.[2][3] During his career, Hutchins appeared in four NBA All-Star Games, (1953, 1954, 1956, and 1957), and finished fourth in MVP voting in 1956.[4]

Hutchins helped lead the Pistons to back-to-back NBA Finals in 1955 and 1956, when the Pistons fell short of a championship in both series, in 7 and 5 games, respectively. Along with being one of the top rebounders in the NBA, Hutchins was renowned for his defense.[5] During his Hall of Fame induction speech in August 2011, Satch Sanders said that Hutchins was one of the great defenders who inspired him to play defense at a high level: "He (Hutchins) was so smooth defensively, always in the right place", Sanders told moments after delivering his acceptance speech. "I thought to myself, 'I sure hope one day I can play like that.'"[6] After sustaining a serious knee injury midway through the 1958 season, Hutchins retired after seven NBA seasons, with 4,851 career points and 4,186 career rebounds.


Hutchins is the brother of 1952 Miss America winner Colleen Kay Hutchins and the uncle of former two-time NBA All Star Kiki Vandeweghe.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harmon, Dick (February 16, 2013). "Dick Harmon: BYU retires jerseys of two storied basketball players, Minnie and Hutch". Deseret News. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Friedman, David (March 2, 2009). "Bill Tosheff: NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and Tireless Advocate for the "Pre-1965ers". 20 Second Timeout. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, Allan (October 30, 1994). "NBA forgot it honored Hoffman". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bradley, Robert. "All-Time Most Valuable Player Voting". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Ramsey, David (April 9, 2010). "When the Dust Settled". NBA Playoff Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ Blakely, A. Sherrod (August 13, 2011). "Satch's induction honors contributions on, off the court". Celtics Insider. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 

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