Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Willie Wise


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A 6’6″ forward from Drake University, Wise earned a spot on the American Basketball Association‘s (ABA) Los Angeles (later Utah) Stars in 1969. He would prove to be one of the best all-around players in the league, as he was both a proficient scorer (19.2 points per game during his ABA career) and a highly esteemed defender. Indeed, while playing for the Stars, who won the 1971 ABA Championship, Sports Illustrated described him as “the best two-way performer in pro basketball”.[1] Wise later played with the Virginia Squires.

After the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, Wise played one full season and part of a second in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Denver Nuggets and Seattle SuperSonics.

Career history
19691974 Los Angeles / Utah Stars
19741976 Virginia Squires
1976–1977 Denver Nuggets
1977 Seattle SuperSonics
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 9,727 (17.6 ppg)
Rebounds 4,578 (8.3 rpg)
Assists 1,594 (2.9 apg)

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