Spencer Haywood

To get a sense of how good Spencer Haywood was, consider the following: In 1969-70 he led the American Basketball Association in scoring and rebounding, was named Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. He was only 20 years old. Spencer Haywood, synonymous with the Early Entry Hardship Procedure for the NBA that allows players to enter the NBA prior to finishing college, was a dominant rebounder and defensive player. Spencer played at Trinidad College, University of Detroit and set records in the Olympics at Mexico City in1968 while helping earn a Gold Medal for the USA. Coming out of a very promising career in the ABA, Spencer played for the Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knicks, New Orleans Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, and Washington Bullets before he retired in 1983. While in Seattle, he earned a place on four NBA All-Star Teams, two All-NBA First Teams, and two All-NBA Second Teams. Spencer had a signature turnaround jump shot that helped earn him high scoring games. And was a leader in rebounds. He was coached by the legend Bill Russell and made history by earning the first berth to the Finals for the young Seattle Sonics organization. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.