Connie Hawkins' career holds as much mystique as that of any other NBA Hall of Famer. A man of remarkable talent who played much of his career in the shadows, he didn't put up legendary numbers during his seven years in the NBA: only 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Nevertheless, Hawkins was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1992, an acknowledgment that he had been unjustly denied the opportunity to show his talent in his most productive years, and that most basketball fans had likewise been denied the opportunity to see the best that this innovative player had to offer. more...
Full Name: Cornelius L. Hawkins Born: 7/17/42 in Brooklyn, N.Y. High School: Boys (Brooklyn) College: Iowa (did not play) Transactions: Signed with ABL's Pittsburgh Rens, 1961; ABL ceased operations, 12/31/62; Played with Harlem Globetrotters, 1963-64 through 1966-67); Signed with ABA's Pittsburgh Pipers, 1967; Pipers moved to Minnesota, 1968); Signed with NBA's Phoenix Suns, 6/20/69; Traded to Los Angeles Lakers, 10/30/73; Traded to Atlanta Hawks, 8/8/75
Nickname: The Hawk Height: 6-8 Weight: 215 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1992); All-NBA First Team (1970); Four-time All-Star (1970-73). ABA Honors: ABA champion (1968); ABA MVP (1968); All-Star First Team (1968, '69). ABL Honors: ABL MVP (1962); ABL All-Star First Team (1962).