17 Facts About Alex Hannum


Alexander Murray Hannum was a professional basketball player and coach.


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


Alex Hannum is one of only three NBA players to receive more than six personal fouls in a single game.


On December 26,1950, Alex Hannum received seven personal fouls in a game against the Boston Celtics.


Alex Hannum was actually the Hawks' third head coach that year.


Alex Hannum returned to the NBA in 1960 with the Syracuse Nationals, advancing to the Eastern finals in his first season and losing in the first round two years in a row.


In 1964, Alex Hannum was named NBA Coach of the Year while with the San Francisco Warriors after leading them to the Finals against the Celtics.


In 1966, Alex Hannum was named the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.


Alex Hannum succeeded Dolph Schayes, who had been named coach after the move from Central New York.


Alex Hannum led the Sixers towards the 63rd victory, breaking the NBA-record for most wins in a single season, in an OT win over the Boston Celtics.


Alex Hannum then coached the Wilt Chamberlain-led Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA championship, ending the eight-year title streak of the Boston Celtics.


In 1968 Alex Hannum was named head coach and executive vice president of the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball Association.


Alex 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.


Alex Hannum won the ABA Coach of the Year honors the same season.


Alex Hannum 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 on April 8,1971.


Alex Hannum returned the Rockets to the 1974 ABA Playoffs where they lost to the San Diego Conquistadors.


Alex Hannum was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.