Bill Hanzlik

Bill Hanzlik
Personal information
Born (1957-12-06) December 6, 1957
Middletown, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Beloit Memorial (Beloit, Wisconsin)
College Notre Dame (1976–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 1980–1990
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 22, 24
Career history
As player:
19801982 Seattle SuperSonics
19821990 Denver Nuggets
As coach:
19911996 Charlotte Hornets (assistant)
1996–1997 Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
1997–1998 Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,414 (7.2 ppg)
Rebounds 2,058 (2.8 rpg)
Assists 2,058 (2.8 apg)
Stats at

William Henry "Bill" Hanzlik (born December 6, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'7" guard, Hanzlik played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame. He was selected for the 1980 US Men's Olympic Team which never was afforded the chance to compete due to the US's boycott of the Moscow Games. He was selected with the 20th pick of the 1980 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. A defense specialist, at the time of his selection Hanzlik had the lowest college scoring average (7.2 ppg) for any player selected in the first round of the draft. Hanzlik played in the NBA for ten years – two with the Sonics and eight with the Denver Nuggets. He was a 1986 All-Defense second team selection. He worked as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets[1] and Atlanta Hawks in the 1990s.

In 1997, Hanzlik (then an assistant with Atlanta) was tabbed to replace Dick Motta as head coach of the Denver Nuggets. He coached the Nuggets for one year, posting an 11-71 record (only two games better than the all-time worst team, the 1972–1973 Philadelphia 76ers). He was fired at the end of the season and replaced with Mike D'Antoni. To date, Hanzlik owns the worst full-season record for a rookie coach in NBA history.

He attended Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, Wisconsin.


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