Roland Taylor

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Roland Taylor
Roland Taylor 1969.jpeg
Personal information
Born(1946-03-13)March 13, 1946
Washington, D.C.
DiedDecember 7, 2017(2017-12-07) (aged 71)
Denver, Colorado
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolSpingarn (Washington, D.C.)
NBA draft1969 / Round: 12 / Pick: 167th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1969–1977
PositionPoint guard
Number14, 54, 1, 21
Career history
19691974Washington Caps / Virginia Squires
1974–1975Denver Nuggets
1975–1976Virginia Squires
1976–1977Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points5,098 (8.0 ppg)
Rebounds2,524 (3.8 rpg)
Assists2,563 (4.0 apg)
Stats at

Roland Morris "Fatty" Taylor (March 13, 1946 – December 7, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. A 6’0" guard born in Washington, D.C. and an alum of La Salle University, Taylor joined the American Basketball Association in 1969. After one year playing for the Washington Capitals, he moved on to the Virginia Squires, with whom he spent the prime of his career, tallying 3,495 points, 1,737 assists, and 1,715 rebounds in five seasons. Taylor became known as one of the few outstanding defensive players in a league known primarily for a "run-and-gun" style. On the Squires Taylor played with former or later NBA stars including Adrian Smith, "Jumbo" Jim Eakins and Julius "Doctor J" Erving. For one-and-a-half seasons Taylor was a teammate of George Gervin, and Taylor has been credited with coining Gervin's nickname "The Iceman" (he first called Gervin "Iceberg Slim", which gradually developed into the more familiar nickname).[citation needed] Taylor spent one season in the NBA (1976–77) as a member of the Denver Nuggets, and he retired in 1977 with combined ABA/NBA totals of 5,098 points, 2,563 assists, and 2,524 rebounds.

Cancer and death[edit]

In 2000, Taylor was diagnosed with male breast cancer after his doctor's fill-in found that one of his nipples was inverted. One day after being diagnosed, Taylor went into surgery and ended up having a mastectomy.[1] In 2011, he was found to have many blood clots in his chest and that the cancer had recurred in his lungs and bones, which Taylor had treatment for soon after. In July 2015, he found that cancer had spread into his pelvis and he had many complications afterward.[2]

Fatty Taylor died from the complications on December 7, 2017 at the age of 71.


  1. ^ Former Nugget Roland 'Fatty' Taylor Passes Away at 71
  2. ^ "Roland 'Fatty' Taylor - Male Breast Cancer Coalition". Male Breast Cancer Coalition. Retrieved 2017-12-08.

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