|Birth: ||May 28, 1964|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 2011|
Professional Basketball Player. For thirteen seasons (1987 to 2000), he played at the forward and center positions in the National Basketball Association with the Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. Born Armon Louis Gilliam, he attended Bethel Park High School and played collegiate basketball at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he earned All-American, West Conference Player of the Year and first team All-Conference honors, while leading the Runnin' Rebels to the Final Four in 1987, before he was selected by Phoenix during the 1st round (2nd overall pick) of the 1987 NBA Draft. Gilliam would play in 55 games during the 1987-1988 season, scoring 815 points while earning NBA-All Rookie honors that year. During the course of his career, he topped the 1,000-points mark five-times, including his career-high of 1,429, while with New Jersey during the 1995-1996 season. In 527 regular season games, he compiled 12,700 points with 6,401 total rebounds. Following his NBA career, Gilliam served as head coach of the Penn State-Altoona basketball team. In addition, he briefly ended his playing career and suited up with the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the later American Basketball Association in 2005-2006. He was inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and saw his uniform number 35 retired by the school in 2007. He collapsed and died of a heart attack at age 47 while playing a pickup game of basketball. (bio by: C.S.)
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Record added: Jul 06, 2011
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