34 Facts About Alex English


Alexander English was born on January 5,1954 and is an American former professional basketball player, coach, and businessman.


Alex English was drafted in the second round of the National Basketball Association draft in 1976.


Alex English played the small forward position and was a star player for the Denver Nuggets in the 1980s.


Alex English played 15 seasons in the NBA for four teams, averaging 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.


Alex English scored more points than any other NBA player during the 1980s.


Alex English was named to eight NBA All-Star teams and made the All-NBA Second Team three times.


Alex English currently sits on the board of trustees at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina.


Alex English attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia from 1972 to 1976.


Alex English started every game over a four-year career and was arguably the first African-American sports star at the school.


Alex English was selected to two independent All-America teams in 1975 and 1976.


Alex English was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft with the 23rd pick.


Alex English went on to become a star player for the Nuggets.


Alex English earned a position on the All-Star Team and All-NBA Second Team.


Alex English suffered a right thumb injury in Game 4, which required surgery and rendered him unable to play for the rest of the series.


In 1988, English received the J Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his community service efforts.


At age 36, Alex English signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks where he played off the bench, this time averaging just under 10 points per game.


Alex English played his final NBA game in 1991 for the Mavericks.


Alex English retired with NBA career averages of 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.


Alex English was the first NBA player to score 2,000 points in eight consecutive seasons, and he has the distinction of being the top NBA scorer in the 1980s.


Alex English was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.


Alex English then joined the Toronto Raptors in 2004 to serve as assistant coach and director of player development.


On June 5,2009, it was announced that Alex English would stay with the Raptors as an assistant coach.


On July 13,2011, with the team heading in a new direction after the hiring of new head coach Dwane Casey, Alex English was not given a new contract, and his services were not retained.


On January 13,2012, Alex English was added to the Sacramento Kings coaching staff under head coach Keith Smart.


Alex English was the first-ever director of player programs for the National Basketball Players Association.


SEC Network announced on November 11,2014, that Alex English had been hired as a color analyst.


Since 2014, Alex English has been an active participant in the Sports Diplomacy's Sports Envoy program for the US Department of State.


In so doing, Alex English helped contribute to Sports Diplomacy's mission to reach out to youth populations in order to promote growth and a stable democratic government.


Alex English is an NBA ambassador and has taught at NBA academies in various countries.


Alex English has formed a company called GreenSmart Botanicals, which sells hemp-related products.


Alex English's acting debut came in the 1987 motion picture Amazing Grace and Chuck, playing a fictitious Boston Celtics star.


Alex English then had roles in the television series Midnight Caller in some 1989 episodes and played the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Eddie.


Alex English played a role as "The Premiere" in the 1997 film The Definite Maybe.


Alex English appeared in a 1993 film about the hazards of drug use produced by the US Department of Justice; he was presented as a good example to follow as someone who consciously avoided drug use and criminality, in contrast to co-star Ralph Coleman, a former Dallas Cowboys linebacker who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.