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 Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins

Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins

Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 6 Oct 2017 (aged 75)
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 184058361 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Professional Basketball Player. For nine seasons (1967 to 1976), he played at the power-forward and small-forward positions in the American and National Basketball Associations with the Pittsburgh/Minneapolis Pipers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks. Hawkins is largely credited with trending the defying gravity, swoop-to-the-basketballnet style which legendary players Julius Erving and Michael Jordan became known for throughout their careers. Born Cornelius Hawkins, he was displaying his acrobatic skills on the playgrounds of Brooklyn at an early age and during his years at Boys High School. In 1960, he achieved Parade Magazines' High School All-American honors. He played collegially for one year at the University of Iowa, however he was linked to a point-shaving scandal. As a result, his collegiate playing came to a halt and he was eventually banned from the NBA. It is important to note that Hawkins was never actually proven to be directly involved with fixing games. His first taste of professional basketball was with the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League in 1961. He distinguished himself, as he received MVP honors and following the league's folding in 1963, he would play with the Harlem Globetrotters for the next few years. He signed on with the Pittsburgh Pipers of the newly-formed American Basketball Association in 1967 and was a key contributor to Pittsburgh's capturing of the ABA's first championship against the New Orleans Buccaneers in 1968. Additionally, he received all star, league MVP and Playoff MVP honors, as he led the league with a 26.8 points scored average. He remained with the team the following season (1968-1969) after franchise relocated to Minnesota. Hawkins' ban from the NBA was overturned which led to his signing with the Phoenix Suns. During his first season with Phoenix (1969-1970), his impact on the league was immediate, as he produced a career-high 1,995 points. He achieved all star status four consecutive times (1970 to 1973). After stints with the Lakers and Hawks, he retired in 1976. In 616 career regular season games, he compiled 11,528 points. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He was named to the Phoenix Suns' Ring of Honor and his uniform number 42 was retired by the team. His biography "Foul! The Connie Hawkins Story" was published in 1972. Hawkins later served as a community ambassador with the Phoenix Suns' organization.

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