Andy Phillip

Andrew Michael "Handy Andy"[1] Phillip (March 7, 1922 – April 29, 2001) was an American professional basketball player.[2] Born in Granite City, Illinois, Phillip had an 11-year career and played for the Chicago Stags of the Basketball Association of America and the Philadelphia Warriors, Fort Wayne Pistons and Boston Celtics, all of the National Basketball Association.

Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip, c. 1947
The Illio, 1947
Personal information
BornMarch 7, 1922
Granite City, Illinois
DiedApril 29, 2001 (aged 79)
Rancho Mirage, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolGranite City (Granite City, Illinois)
CollegeIllinois (1941–1943, 1946–1947)
NBA draft1947 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Chicago Stags
Playing career1947–1958
PositionGuard
Number19, 7, 4, 14, 17
Career history
As player:
19471950Chicago Stags
19501952Philadelphia Warriors
19521956Fort Wayne Pistons
19561958Boston Celtics
As coach:
1958St. Louis Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points6,384 (9.1 ppg)
Rebound2,395 (4.4 rpg)
Assists3,759 (5.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

High school/College

Phillip led his high school in Granite City, Illinois, to the IHSA state championship in 1940 by defeating Herrin High School with a final score of 24-22 at Huff Gym on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign campus. Ironically it would be that same gymnasium where he earned renown for his talents and for the Fighting Illini's success during war-interrupted, non-consecutive seasons in 1941–1943 and 1946–1947.[3] Phillip was the untitled leader of "The Whiz Kids", a team that included Ken Menke, Gene Vance, Jack Smiley and team captain Art Mathisen. Arguably the most talented basketball team in the nation, Phillip and his teammates would elect not to participate in either the NCAA or NIT tournament based on the Army's draft of Mathisen, Menke and Smiley.[4] The team was retroactively named the national champion by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[5] Four of the five, minus Mathisen, returned to Illinois and tried to recapture the glory for one more season in 1946–47 after the war ended, but the chemistry had changed as well as their talent. Illinois went 14–6.

While attending Illinois, Phillip was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Phillip served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in World War II at Iwo Jima.[6][7]

Professional basketball

Phillip played in the first five NBA All-Star Games, and was twice named to the All-NBA Second Team. He was the first player to record 500 assists in a season, and led the NBA in assists during the 1950–51 and 1951–52 seasons. Phillip reached the postseason every year he was in the league,[2] and his teams made it to the NBA Finals during his final four seasons — twice with Fort Wayne and twice with Boston. The 1957 Boston team won the NBA Championship.

Phillip was alleged by one of his Fort Wayne Pistons teammates, George Yardley, to have conspired with gamblers to throw the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals.[8] In the decisive seventh game, Phillip turned the ball over with three seconds remaining in the game, enabling Syracuse to win by one point, 92-91.[9]

After retiring from playing basketball, he coached the St. Louis Hawks for 10 games in 1958, posting a 6-4 record before he was fired.[10] Phillip later coached the Chicago Majors of the American Basketball League.[11][12]

Phillip was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961. He was elected to the Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team in 2004. In 2007, Phillip was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament", recognizing his superior performance in his appearance in the tournament.[13]

Phillip died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California on April 29, 2001, aged 79.[14]

Sports writer Dan Manoyan wrote a book about Phillip and his Granite City High School basketball teammates, titled Men of Granite, in 2007. A film based on the book, directed by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, began production in 2015.[15]

Honors

Basketball

  • 1942, 1943, 1947 - First-team All-Big Ten
  • 1973 - Inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame as a player.[16]
  • September 13, 2008 - Honored as one of the thirty-three honored jerseys which hang in the State Farm Center to show regard for being the most decorated basketball players in the University of Illinois' history.

Baseball

Athletics

  • 1942, 1943 - University of Illinois Athlete of the Year
  • 2017 - Inducted into the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame[18]

Statistics

Basketball

Season Games Points PPG Big Ten
Record
Overall
Record
Highlight
1941–42
23
232
10.0
13–2
18–5
Consensus 1st team All-American
1942–43
18
305
16.9
12–0
17–1
Big Ten and National Player of the Year
1946–47
20
192
9.6
8–4
14–6
Consensus 2nd team All-American
Totals
61
729
12.0
33–6
49–12

BAA/NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Phillip won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1947–48 Chicago 32 .336 .583 2.3 10.8
1948–49 Chicago 60 .348 .676 5.3 12.0
1949–50 Chicago 65 .349 .704 5.8 11.7
1950–51 Philadelphia 66 .399 .751 6.8 6.3* 11.2
1951–52 Philadelphia 66 44.4 .366 .753 6.6 8.2* 12.0
1952–53 Philadelphia/Fort Wayne 70 38.4 .397 .738 5.2 5.7 10.3
1953–54 Fort Wayne 71 38.1 .375 .730 3.7 6.3 10.6
1954–55 Fort Wayne 64 36.4 .371 .692 4.5 7.7 9.6
1955–56 Fort Wayne 70 29.7 .365 .563 3.7 5.9 5.8
1956–57 Boston 67 22.0 .379 .642 2.7 2.5 4.4
1957–58 Boston 70 16.6 .355 .592 2.3 1.7 3.4
Career 701 32.3 .368 .695 4.4 5.4 9.1

Playoffs

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1948 Chicago 5 .283 .714 .8 7.2
1949 Chicago 2 .389 1.000 6.0 19.5
1950 Chicago 2 .259 .769 6.0 12.0
1951 Philadelphia 2 .400 .500 7.5 7.0 7.5
1952 Philadelphia 3 40.7 .421 .792 4.7 7.3 11.7
1953 Fort Wayne 8 41.1 .338 .667 4.0 3.8 10.3
1954 Fort Wayne 4 34.0 .342 .750 3.0 4.3 8.8
1955 Fort Wayne 11 40.5 .323 .850 5.5 7.1 8.5
1956 Fort Wayne 10 17.3 .333 .440 2.6 3.5 2.9
1957 Boston 10 12.8 .364 .400 2.0 1.7 2.2
1958 Boston 10 9.1 .238 .778 1.4 .7 1.7
Career 67 25.4 .330 .700 3.3 3.7 6.4

Head coaching record

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

References

  1. ^ "Sport: Whiz Kids". Time. March 15, 1943.
  2. ^ a b Andy Phillip Stats. Basketball Reference. Accessed on June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Illinois Basketball All-Time Rosters". Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Accessed on June 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 565. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.
  6. ^ "Sport: Whiz Kids, Grown Up". Time. December 23, 1946.
  7. ^ Lamothe, Dan (April 29, 2009). "Corps to induct 4 into Sports Hall of Fame". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on February 23, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  8. ^ The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of Basketball. By Charley Rosen. p. 154. 2001 Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1-58322-268-5
  9. ^ "City Hails Nats' World Title Triumph", Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, pp. 1, 45.
  10. ^ Andy Phillip Coaching Stats. Basketball Reference. Accessed on June 10, 2017.
  11. ^ Association for Professional Basketball Research American Basketball League page
  12. ^ NASLJerseys.com Chicago Majors
  13. ^ IHSA 100 Legends of Boys Basketball
  14. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Andy Phillip, 79, Whiz Kid In College, All-Star in N.B.A.". The New York Times. May 4, 2001. Accessed on June 9, 2017.
  15. ^ Wright, Branson. "Men of Granite sports movie begins production in Cleveland next month". Cleveland.com. July 21, 2015. Accessed on June 9, 2017.
  16. ^ IBCA Hall of Fame
  17. ^ 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament
  18. ^ Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame

External links

1941–42 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

The 1941–42 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

1942 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1942 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Helms Athletic Foundation, Converse, Madison Square Garden, and Pic Magazine.

1942–43 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

The 1942–43 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

1943 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1943 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Helms Athletic Foundation, Converse, The Sporting News, and Pic Magazine.

1946–47 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

The 1946–47 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

1947 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1947 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of three major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Helms Athletic Foundation, Converse, and True Magazine.

1947–48 Chicago Stags season

The 1947–48 BAA season was the Stags' second season in the Basketball Association of America (later known as the NBA).

1948–49 Chicago Stags season

The 1948–49 BAA season was the Stags' 3rd season in the NBA/BAA.

1949–50 Chicago Stags season

The 1949–50 NBA season was the fourth and final season for the Chicago Stags of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team ceased operations after the season, and Chicago would be left without an NBA team until 1961.

1951–52 NBA season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the sixth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

1951–52 Philadelphia Warriors season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the Warriors' 6th season in the NBA.

1953 NBA All-Star Game

The 1953 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played on January 13, 1953, at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, home of the Fort Wayne Pistons. The game was the third edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 1952–53 NBA season. The Western All-Stars team defeated the Eastern All-Stars team 79–75. This was the West's first ever win over the East. Minneapolis Lakers' George Mikan, who led the West with 22 points and 16 rebounds, was named as the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

1955 NBA Finals

The 1955 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1954–55 NBA season. The best-of-seven series was won by the Syracuse Nationals, who defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons in the final game when Syracuse's George King made a free throw with 12 seconds left to put the Nationals up 92–91. King then stole the ball from Fort Wayne's Andy Phillip with three seconds remaining to clinch the victory for Syracuse. Because of the arena not believing Fort Wayne would make the NBA Finals, the arena was booked and not available, and the Fort Wayne home games were played in Indianapolis.It has been alleged that some Fort Wayne players conspired with gamblers to throw the series to Syracuse. The suspicious nature of the seventh game in particular has raised concerns about the legitimacy of the series. Fort Wayne led Syracuse 41-24 early in the second quarter, then allowed the Nationals to rally to win the game. Andy Phillip, who turned the ball over with three seconds left in the game, was believed by at least one of his teammates, George Yardley, to have thrown the game. "There were always unwholesome implications about that ball game", Yardley told the author Charley Rosen. However, Phillip may not have acted alone. Other Pistons players were strongly believed to have thrown games during the 1954 and 1955 NBA seasons. In fact, Yardley himself turned the ball over to Syracuse with a palming violation with 18 seconds remaining in Game 7. The foul that gave Syracuse its winning free throw, meanwhile, was committed by Frankie Brian. The NBA would not return to this seven game 2–3–2 format until 1985.

1956–57 Boston Celtics season

The 1956–57 Boston Celtics season was the 11th season for the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Celtics finished the season by winning their first NBA Championship.

1958–59 St. Louis Hawks season

The 1958–59 St. Louis Hawks season was the franchise's 13th season in the NBA. Despite winning the NBA Championship, Alex Hannum was replaced as coach of the Hawks in 1958–59. The new coach was Andy Phillip, and he lasted 10 games before being replaced by Ed Macauley.

The Hawks made player changes. Clyde Lovellette was brought in from the Cincinnati Royals.

The Hawks won the Western Division with a record of 49 wins and 23 losses. Bob Pettit won his 2nd NBA MVP award as he led the league in scoring with 29.2 points per game.

In the Western Division Finals, the Hawks were defeated by the Minneapolis Lakers in 6 games.

AAU Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Amateur Athletic Union Men's Basketball All-Americans were players who competed in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) between 1920–21 and 1967–68 and were chosen as the best players in the league during their respective seasons. Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. It is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

The era between 1921 and 1968 is referred to as the "Golden Era" of AAU basketball while companies began vying for players to compete on their teams. There was a great allure to playing AAU basketball besides job security; by remaining in the AAU as opposed to the National Basketball League or American Basketball Association, players were able to retain their "amateur" status. Only amateurs were allowed to compete in the Olympic Games, and many AAU basketball alumni went on to compete for the United States during their careers.

During this time period, thirty-three AAU All-Americans played on the United States men's national basketball team in seven different Olympic Games: Joe Fortenberry, Carl Knowles, Frank Lubin, Art Mollner, Bill Wheatley (1936); Don Barksdale, Bud Browning, Shorty Carpenter, Bob Kurland, R. C. Pitts, Cab Renick (1948); Ron Bontemps, Bob Kurland, Frank McCabe, Dan Pippin, Howie Williams (1952); Dick Boushka, Chuck Darling, Burdie Haldorson, Bob Jeangerard, K. C. Jones, Ron Tomsic, Gerry Tucker, Jim Walsh (1956); Bob Boozer, Burdie Haldorson, Adrian Smith (1960); Larry Brown, Les Lane, Jerry Shipp (1964); and Mike Barrett, John Clawson, Calvin Fowler, Jim King and Mike Silliman (1968).Eleven AAU All-Americans have also been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as players. These players include Roger Brown, Ace Gruenig, Richie Guerin, Chuck Hyatt, K. C. Jones, Bob Kurland, Hank Luisetti, Jack McCracken, Andy Phillip, Jim Pollard, and George Yardley. Two other AAU All-Americans have been enshrined in other roles: Don Barksdale as a contributor and Larry Brown as a coach.

Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball

The Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team is an NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. Home games are played at the State Farm Center, located on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign's campus in Champaign. Illinois has one pre-tournament national championship in 1915, one retroactive national championship awarded in 1943 by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Illinois has appeared in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament 30 times, and has competed in 5 Final Fours, 9 Elite Eights, and has won 17 Big Ten regular season championships.

The team is currently coached by Brad Underwood, who was hired on March 18, 2017. Through the end of the 2017–18 season, Illinois ranks 12th all-time in winning percentage and 15th all-time in wins among all NCAA Division I men's college basketball programs.

List of National Basketball Association annual assists leaders

In basketball, an assist is a pass to a teammate that directly leads to a score by field goal. The National Basketball Association's (NBA) assist title is awarded to the player with the highest assists per game average in a given season. The assists title was first recognized in the 1946–47 season when statistics on assists were first compiled by the Basketball Association of America (BAA), predecessor of the NBA. To qualify for the assist title, the player must appear in at least 70 games (out of 82) or have at least 400 assists. This has been the entry criteria since the 1974–75 season. The assists title was originally determined by assist total through the 1968–69 season, after which assists per game was used to determine the leader instead.

John Stockton holds the all-time records for total assists (1,164) and assists per game (14.54) in a season, achieved in the 1990–91 and 1989–90 seasons, respectively. Mark Jackson holds the rookie records for total assists and assists per game when he had 868 and averaged 10.6 in the 1987–88 season. Among active players, Chris Paul had the highest season assists total (925) in the 2007–08 season and Rajon Rondo had the highest season assists average (11.70) in the 2011–12 season.

Stockton has won the most assists titles in his career, with nine. Bob Cousy won eight assists titles, while Oscar Robertson won six. Jason Kidd and Steve Nash have won five assists titles, while Kevin Porter, Magic Johnson, and Chris Paul have each won four. Rajon Rondo has won three, while Andy Phillip and Guy Rodgers are the only other players to have won the title more than once. Stockton has also won the most consecutive assists titles, with nine. Three players have won both the assists title and the NBA championship in the same season: Cousy in 1957 and from 1959 to 1960 with the Boston Celtics; Jerry West in 1972 with the Los Angeles Lakers; and Johnson in 1987 with the Lakers.

List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders

This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season assists recorded

Progressive assist leaders list

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
St. Louis 1958–59 10 6 4 .600 (fired)
Total 10 6 4 .600

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