Dan Issel initially didn't seem to have the physical abilities required for stardom in the NBA. He wasn't particularly quick on his feet, he wasn't that strong, and he didn't have a great vertical leap. Because he wasn't big enough or strong enough to go toe-to-toe with most of the league's centers, he did his damage with a smooth, accurate outside shot and by outrunning his counterparts on the floor. He had an awkward but effective head fake, a clumsy but capable drive to the hoop, and an incredible work ethic. more...
Full Name: Daniel Paul Issel Born: 10/25/48 in Batavia, Ill. High School: Batavia (Ill.) College: Kentucky Drafted by: Detroit Pistons, 1970 (122nd overall) Transactions: Selected by ABA's Kentucky Colonels, 1970; Traded to Baltimore Claws, 9/19/75; Traded to Denver Nuggets, 10/8/75; Nuggets join NBA, 1976.
Height: 6-9; Weight: 240 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1993); NBA All-Star (1977); J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1985). ABA Honors: ABA champion (1975); All-Star First Team (1972); All-Star Second Team (1971, '73, '74, '75); co-Rookie of the Year (1971); Six-time All-Star (1971-76); All-Star MVP (1972).