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Elvin Hayes

1X
NBA Champion
12X
NBA All-Star
6X
All-NBA
2X
All-Defensive Team

Things to Know


The turnaround jumper that broke records.

The No. 1 overall pick in 1968, Elvin Hayes authored one of the best rookie seasons in history, leading the league in scoring (28.4 points per game) and finishing fourth in rebounding (17.1 rpg). But it was another rookie — future teammate and Washington Bullets star Wes Unseld -— who took home Rookie of the Year and MVP honors that season.

Nicknamed “The Big E,” Hayes was known for his automatic turnaround jump shot, his durability and his defense and rebounding ability. He was named to the All-Defensive team twice and was a two-time rebounding champion.

Career
Hayes finished his career as the NBA’s third-leading scorer of all-time. He now ranks 11th, having amassed 27,313 points in his 16 seasons.

Hayes posted a career-high 28.7 ppg in 1970-71, to go along with 16.6 rpg. It part of a streak of 12 straight seasons in which Hayes averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding to start his career.

Hayes remains the top scorer in Washington franchise history, amassing 15,551 points. He also ranks first in blocks (1,558) and second to teammate Wes Unsled in rebounding (9,305).
Finals

Elvin was traded to the then-Baltimore Bullets in 1972. Alongside fellow Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, he helped lead the team — which moved to Washington the following year — to three Finals appearances. The Bullets reached The Finals in 1975, '78 and '79, and won the title in 1978. Hayes averaged 23 ppg and 15.7 rpg in the 1978 Finals against the Seattle Supersonics.

Aside from being known as "The Big E," Hayes was referred to as the “Bionic Man,” in part because he rarely missed a game. Throughout his 16-year career, Hayes missed just nine of 1,312 games.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Elvin Hayes

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Elvin Hayes

The Big E: Elvin Hayes career retrospective

Stats


21.0
PPG
12.5
RPG
1.8
APG
16,279
REB (4th All-Time)

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1983-84HOU388112.35.02.04.840.60.00.00.01.11.665.21.12.13.20.90.20.31.01.5
1982-83HOU378128.412.95.211.047.60.00.050.02.43.568.32.55.17.62.00.61.02.52.9
1981-82HOU368237.016.16.313.447.20.00.10.03.45.166.43.35.99.11.80.81.32.53.5
1980-81WAS358136.217.87.216.045.10.00.10.03.35.461.72.96.89.71.20.82.12.33.7
1979-80WAS348139.323.09.420.745.40.00.223.14.15.969.93.37.711.11.60.82.32.73.8
1978-79WAS338237.921.88.818.048.7---4.36.565.43.88.312.11.70.92.32.93.8
1977-78WAS328140.119.77.917.445.1---4.06.363.44.19.113.31.81.22.02.83.9
1976-77WAS318241.023.79.318.550.1---5.17.568.73.59.012.51.91.12.7-3.8
1975-76WAS308037.219.88.117.347.0---3.65.762.82.68.411.01.51.32.5-3.7
1974-75WAS298242.323.09.020.344.3---5.06.576.62.79.512.22.51.92.3-2.9
1973-74CAP288144.521.48.520.142.3---4.46.172.14.413.718.12.01.13.0-3.1
1972-73BLT278141.321.28.819.844.4---3.65.467.1--14.51.6---2.9
1971-72HOU268242.225.210.123.443.4---4.97.564.9--14.63.3---2.8
1970-71SDR258244.328.711.627.042.8---5.58.267.2--16.62.3---2.7
1969-70SDR248244.727.511.124.645.2---5.27.668.8--16.92.0---3.3
1968-69SDR238245.128.411.325.444.7---5.79.162.6--17.11.4---3.2
Overall130338.421.08.418.645.20.0--4.16.167.03.17.812.51.81.02.02.43.2
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