NBA at 50: Elvin Hayes (biography)



Elvin Hayes one of the most dominant players in college history was the first overall pick of the 1968 NBA Draft in a brilliant Rookie of the Year season the biggie led the league in scoring with the San Diego rockets the Rockets relocated in Houston in 1971 and within a year Hayes was dealt to Baltimore where he and Wes Unseld formed the backbone of 10 campaigns the twosome led the bullets to their first ever League title in 1978 and another berth in the NBA Finals the following year at 6 foot 11 power forward a tireless rebounder and offensive threat in the low post Hayes retired Ford on the all-time list in vult scoring and rebounding a 12-time all-star Hayes went into the Hall of Fame in 1989

11 thoughts on “NBA at 50: Elvin Hayes (biography)

  1. THE ABA HAD TO BE MORE EXCITING BALL WITH IT,S FLYING SLAM DUNKS, THREE POINT SHOOTS AND FANCY DRIPPLING BECAUSE THEY DIDNT HAVE A T.V. CONTRACT WITH THE NETWORKS, SO THEY HAD TO BRING AN EXCITING GAME TO TOWN TO KEEP A FAN BASE. THE FIGHT FOR COLLEGE PLAYERS AND THERE EVERY DEMAND FOR MORE MONEY WAS BREAKING BOTH LEAGUES POCKET BOOKS, THEN CAME THE MERGER.

  2. the Big E! Shoot from 20' as well as anyone ever.At 6'11 rebounding; he won wars with the best. Defense he'd control the lane night after night. Plus he has a winners heart. Played the game in a way that if you don't know basketball might not notice but then his team would win and his line would be 28pts 12reb 4asst 2steals 2 blocks take all of his fouls 4 or 5 at the right time and play 45 min

  3. Big E makes my all time second team with Havlicek, Wilt, George Gervin and Jerry West.
    The first team is Russell, Bird, Erving, Jordan and Magic.

  4. At 0:37, the announcer lists E's height at 6'11. But I've always seen Hayes listed as either 6'9" or 6'9" and one-half.

  5. Actually, although Malone didn't have as many rebounds as "E", if you simply add his points and rebounds together, King Karl has a very impressive score of 51896, well ahead of Moses and Hayes.

  6. False. In his NBA career, Moses Malone scored 27409 points and grabbed 16212 rebounds, for a total of 43621. The Big E scored 27313 and grabbed 16279 boards, for a total of 43592. So, Moses wins by 29 ! (Of course, if you count his one year in the ABA, Moses' numbers get even better). But Elvin put in 4 years of college, whereas Moses came straight out of high school. This makes E's numbers more impressive.

  7. Thanks for posting….as time goes by I fear the talents of this man will slowly be forgotten….especially with the media that hated him….however we fans of the Big-E will always remember he played hard and to win every minute on the court, despite limited help from ANY kind of consistent guard play……kevin Grevey///give me a break……Plus lost in the history of this legend…..what a powerful DUNKER!!!!!would love to see highlites of Hayes and his slams

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