Alex Hannum

Alex Hannum
Personal information
Born (1923-07-19)July 19, 1923
Los Angeles, California
Died January 18, 2002(2002-01-18) (aged 78)
San Diego, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Alexander Hamilton
(Los Angeles, California)
College USC (1942–1943; 1946–1948)
NBA draft 1948 / Round: -- / Pick: --
Selected by the Indianapolis Jets
Playing career 1948–1957
Position Power forward / Center
Number 10, 11, 20, 4, 6, 33, 18
Coaching career 1957–1974
Career history
As player:
1948–1949 Oshkosh All-Stars
19491951 Syracuse Nationals
1951–1952 Baltimore Bullets
19521954 Rochester Royals
19541956 Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks
1956 Fort Wayne Pistons
1956–1957 St. Louis Hawks
As coach:
19561958 St. Louis Hawks
19601963 Syracuse Nationals
19631966 San Francisco Warriors
19661968 Philadelphia 76ers
1968–1969 Oakland Oaks
19691971 San Diego Rockets
19711974 Denver Rockets
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 3,078 (6.0 ppg)
Rebound 2,013 (4.5 rpg)
Assists 857 (1.7 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach

Alexander Murray Hannum (July 19, 1923 – January 18, 2002) was a professional basketball player and Hall-of-Fame coach.

High school career

Hannum prepped at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.

College career

Hannum played at USC, where he was captain of the 1948 team.

Playing career

Hannum played in the NBA between 1949 and 1957. After a season with the Oshkosh All-Stars, followed by the formation of the National Basketball Association, he played for several NBA teams and scored more than 3,000 points.

Coaching career

Hannum is mostly known for coaching the Wilt Chamberlain-led Philadelphia 76ers of 1966–67 to the NBA championship, ending the eight-year title streak of the Boston Celtics. He had also coached the Bob Pettit-led St. Louis Hawks team to the 1958 NBA Championship over the Celtics in the NBA Finals, thus making him the first of only three head coaches in NBA history to win championships with two different teams (the other two are Phil Jackson and Pat Riley). The aforementioned seasons were the only two in Bill Russell's 13-year career in which the Celtics' center did not win an NBA championship. In 1964, Hannum was named NBA Coach of the Year while with the San Francisco Warriors.

In 1968 Hannum was named head coach and executive vice president of the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball Association. Hannum coached the Rick Barry-led Oaks to the 1969 ABA Championship, becoming the first of two coaches to win championships in both the NBA and ABA. Hannum won the ABA Coach of the Year honors the same season.

Hannum on April 8, 1971 left his position as head coach of the San Diego Rockets of the NBA to become President, General Manager and head coach of the ABA's Denver Rockets. In his first season the Rockets lost their opening playoff match to the Texas Chaparrals. On June 13, 1972 Hannum bought control of the Rockets with A.G. "Bud" Fischer and Frank M. Goldberg. In the 1972–73 season Hannum coached the Rockets to the 1973 ABA Playoffs but they lost in the first round of the Western Division playoffs to the Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1. Hannum returned the Rockets to the 1974 ABA Playoffs where they lost in their opening match to the San Diego Conquistadors. On April 30, 1974 Hannum was dismissed as president, general manager and head coach of the Rockets. Hannum's combined record (NBA and ABA), was 649–564 (.535) with a 61–46 record (.570) in the playoffs on 11 trips in 16 seasons.

Hannum was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. Thirteen Hall-of-Famers played for Hannum — in addition to Pettit, Chamberlain and Barry, he had also coached Cliff Hagan, Ed Macauley, Slater Martin, Dolph Schayes, Nate Thurmond, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy and Chet Walker. Hannum, a native of Los Angeles, and graduate of the University of Southern California, died at the age of 78 in San Diego.

Coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
St. Louis 1956–57 311516.4843rd in Western1064.600 Lost in NBA Finals
St. Louis 1957–58 724131.4841st in Western1183.727 Won NBA Finals
Syracuse 1960–61 793841.4813rd in Eastern844.500 Lost Division Finals
Syracuse 1961–62 804139.5133rd in Eastern523.400 Lost Division Semifinals
Syracuse 1962–63 804832.6003rd in Eastern844.500 Lost Division Semifinals
San Francisco 1963–64 804832.6001st in Western844.500 Lost in NBA Finals
San Francisco 1964–65 801763.5245th in Western---- Missed Playoffs
San Francisco 1965–66 803545.4384th in Western---- Missed Playoffs
Philadelphia 1966–67 816813.8401st in Eastern15114.733 Won NBA Finals
Philadelphia 1967–68 826220.7561st in Eastern1376.538 Lost Division Finals
Oakland 1968–69 786018.7691st in Western16124.750 Won ABA Finals
San Diego 1969–70 561838.3217th in Western---- Missed Playoffs
San Diego 1970–71 824042.4883rd in Western---- Missed Playoffs
Denver 1971–72 843450.4054th in Western734.429 Lost Division Semifinals
Denver 1972–73 844737.5603rd in Western514.200 Lost Division Semifinals
Denver 1973–74 843747.4405th in Western---- Missed Playoffs
Career 1213649564.535 1076146.570



  1. The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 388. ISBN 0-679-43293-0.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruce Hale
Oakland Oaks head coach
Succeeded by
Al Bianchi
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