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Bob Houbregs
Personal information
Born (1932-03-12)March 12, 1932
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died May 28, 2014(2014-05-28) (aged 82)
Olympia, Washington, U.S.
High school Queen Anne
(Seattle, Washington)
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College Washington (1950–1953)
NBA Draft 1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Hawks
Pro career 1953–1958
Career history
1953 Milwaukee Hawks
1953–1954 Baltimore Bullets
1954 Boston Celtics
1954–1958 Fort Wayne / Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
  • Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1953)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1953)
  • Consensus second-team All-American (1952)
  • 3× First-team All-PCC (1951–1953)
  • No. 25 retired by Washington Huskies
Career statistics
Points 2,611 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds 1,552 (5.5 rpg)
Assists 500 (1.8 apg)

Robert J. Houbregs (March 12, 1932 – May 28, 2014) was a Canadian professional basketball player. Houbregs was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Basketball career

A 6-foot 8-inch, 225-pound forward-centre, from Queen Anne High School in Seattle, Washington, Houbregs played for the University of Washington Huskies from 1949 to 1953 (his family moved to Seattle from Vancouver, British Columbia when he was a child). In 1952, Houbregs was a Second Team Consensus All-America selection. In 1953, as a senior, he was named NCAA Player of the Year, was a Consensus All-America selection, helped lead the University of Washington to the Final Four, and was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 34.8 points per game in the post-season.

Houbregs was drafted by the NBA's Milwaukee Hawks with the second overall pick in 1953 and played five seasons (1953–1958) in the NBA with four teams: the Hawks, the Baltimore Bullets, the Boston Celtics, and the Fort Wayne (later Detroit) Pistons. Houbregs' career scoring average was 9.3 points per game.

Houbregs served as general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics from 1970 to 1973.

Personal life

Houbregs' father John was a minor league ice hockey player who moved to Seattle in 1934/35 with his family in order to play for the Seattle Sea Hawks of the North West Hockey League. Houbregs was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

Houbregs was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

In 2000, Houbregs was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the sport as a player.

Houbergs died on May 28, 2014.

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