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Mel Daniels
Daniels, circa 1967
Personal information
Born (1944-07-20)July 20, 1944
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Died October 30, 2015(2015-10-30) (aged 71)
Sheridan, Indiana
High school Pershing (Detroit, Michigan)
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College Burlington CC (1963–1964)
New Mexico (1964–1967)
NBA Draft 1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Pro career 1967–1976
Career history
As player:
1967–1968 Minnesota Muskies (ABA)
1968–1974 Indiana Pacers (ABA)
1974–1975 Memphis Sounds (ABA)
1976 New York Nets
As coach:
1988 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× ABA champion (1970, 1972, 1973)
  • 2× ABA MVP (1969, 1971)
  • 7× ABA All-Star (1968–1974)
  • ABA All-Star Game MVP (1969)
  • 4× All-ABA First Team (1968–1971)
  • All-ABA Second Team (1973)
  • ABA Rookie of the Year (1968)
  • ABA All-Rookie First Team (1968)
  • ABA All-Time Team
  • No. 34 retired by Indiana Pacers
  • Consensus second-team All-American (1967)
  • 2× First-team All-WAC (1966–1967)
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 11,778 (18.4 ppg)
Rebounds 9,528 (14.9 rpg)
Assists 1,140 (1.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Melvin Joe Daniels (July 20, 1944 – October 30, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for the Minnesota Muskies, Indiana Pacers, and Memphis Sounds, and in the National Basketball Association for the New York Nets. Daniels was a two-time ABA Most Valuable Player and a seven-time ABA All-Star. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Daniels died on October 30, 2015, at the age of 71. He had recently undergone heart surgery.


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