Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday… Bill Melchionni

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Melchionni was a key reserve on what is, statistically speaking, the greatest 76ers team ever, the NBA Champions led by Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, and Chet Walker in 1967. The team was coached by another AAU Elite alum, Alex Hannum.

Melchionni then jumped to the upstart ABA, becoming a key cog with the New York Nets. He played alongside Rick Barry, and later mentored a young Julius Erving. Melchionni was a key player in the 1974 ABA Championship, led by Erving, Larry Kenon, John Williamson, and Billy Paultz.

Melchionni played in three ABA All-Star Games, and was named to the All-ABA First Team in 1972. Melchionni led the ABA in assists per game in both 1971 and 1972.

Melchionni’s #25 jersey was retired by both the Nets and Villanova.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes …Bill Melchionni

Career history
1966–1968 Philadelphia 76ers
1968–1970 Trenton Colonials (EPBL)
1969–1976 New York Nets (ABA)
Career highlights and awards

NBA champion (1967)
2× ABA champion (1974, 1976)
3× ABA All-Star (1971–1973)
All-ABA First Team (1972)
Robert V. Geasey Trophy winner (1966)
Brooklyn Nets #25 retired

Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 6,870 (10.6 ppg)
Rebounds 1,284 (2.0 rpg)
Assists 3,247 (5.0 apg)

Published by bklynboy59

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