Wayne Hightower

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Wayne Hightower
Personal information
Born (1940-01-14)January 14, 1940
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died April 18, 2002(2002-04-18) (aged 62)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school Overbrook
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Kansas (1959–1961)
NBA draft 1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the San Francisco Warriors
Pro career 1961–1972
Position Power forward / Center
Number 55, 20, 12, 54, 35
Career history
1961–1962 Real Madrid (Spain)
19621965 San Francisco Warriors
1965–1967 Baltimore Bullets
1967 Detroit Pistons
19671969 Denver Rockets (ABA)
19691971 Los Angeles / Utah Stars (ABA)
1971 Texas Chaparrals (ABA)
1971–1972 Carolina Cougars
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 6,568 (11.6 ppg)
Rebounds 3,966 (7.0 rpg)
Assists 959 (1.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Wayne A. Hightower (January 14, 1940 – April 18, 2002) was an American basketball player who had a long and productive career in the NBA and ABA during the 1960s and early 1970s. He was a 6'8" power forward and center. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hightower went to Kansas, and after graduation moved to Spain and signed for Real Madrid, whom he led to a domestic championship and the final of the European Champions Cup, which the team lost.

He was drafted in the 1962 NBA Draft at the 7th spot overall by the San Francisco Warriors, with whom he played for 3 seasons.

The pinnacle of his NBA career came with the Warriors, together with fellow Philadelphia native Wilt Chamberlain he reached the 1964 NBA Finals. Hightower recorded his best season that year, averaging 13.2 and 7.2 PG.

He later played for several other teams, moving to play in the ABA in 1967 before retiring in 1972.

Hightower died on April 18, 2002, in his hometown of Philadelphia.[2][3]


  1. ^ Máximos Anotadores
  2. ^ WAYNE HIGHTOWER : De la Copa de Europa con el Real Madrid, a la NBA. April 26, 2002
  3. ^ Wayne Hightower, 62, Basketball Player. New York Times. April 27, 2002. Retrieved on October 17, 2009.

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