Congratulations to my friend
Four-time NBA ALL STAR
On his Induction into
THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2015
Finally! A lot of folks don’t know that Spencer Haywood is responsible for changing the NBA rules, so that players didn’t have to wait four years after high school, before turning pro. His landmark case against the NBA, Haywood v. National Basketball Association, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which voted in his favor in 1971 and paved the way for high school players and underclassman to enter the league early.
Spencer joined the ABA in 1969 and then went on to play for 12 years in the NBA (1970-1983), where he scored 14,592 points, had 7,038 rebounds and won an NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980. He is a four-time NBA All-Star (1972-1975) and two-time All-NBA First Team member (1973, 1974). Haywood was the leading scorer on the 1968 gold medal United States Olympic team. During his time with the ABA’s Denver Nuggets, he was named ABA Rookie of the Year and ABA All Star Game MVP. He holds ABA single season records for most minutes played (3,808), most field goals made (986), most rebounds (1,637) and highest rebounding average (19.5). At the University of Detroit, he was a unanimous First Team All-America selection in 1969.
Other Inductees this year includes 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time College Coach of the Year John Calipari, eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie.
Spencer Haywood changed the NBA forever! Congratulations Spencer!
The Class of 2015 will be enshrined at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, September 11.