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|"Li'l Abner" played his entire 10-year NBA career with the St. Louis Hawks, helping the team to the 1958 Championship. In a three year stretch from 1957 to 1960, Hagan averaged over 22 points and 10 rebounds per contest.
Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1953, Hagan returned to play a fourth season with the Kentucky Wildcats as a graduate student in 1954, before serving two years in the military. Then in 1956, the Celtics traded Hagan along with Ed Macauley to the Hawks in exchange for the draft rights to Bill Russell.
During Hagan's tenure with the Hawks he was named to five consecutive All-Star teams (1958-1962) and was twice named to the All-NBA second team (1958 and 1959). The team also experienced great success, winning five Western Conference titles and the franchise's lone NBA Championship in 1958. During the Hawks' run to the championship, Hagan led the team in scoring, averaging 27.7 points per game that postseason.
Cliff Hagan attended the University of Kentucky where he was part of the 1951 National Championship team and was twice named an All-American.
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