Hal Greer "Smooth Jump Shooter" basketball video





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Uploaded on Feb 12, 2010

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MUSIC: Sasa - Without Return (instrumental)

Harold Everett Greer (born June 26, 1936, in Huntington, West Virginia) is a retired American professional basketball player.

Position: PG/SG
Height: 6'ft 2"inch (1,88 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
College: Marshall University
Jersey: #15


He played college basketball at Marshall University and led Marshall in 71 games as its first black scholarship athlete. He was named Two-time All-Conference (1957, 1958), Team high scorer and Conference MVP (1958) averaging 19,4 ppg and 10,8 rpg. At the time of graduation, held the school's career record for field goal percentage (54.6 percent), hitting 531 of 974 attempts. He gets AP All-America Honorable Mention (1958). His jersey (#16) was retired by this school.

Hal was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA in 1958. Greer played for Syracuse for five seasons, raising his scoring average to 22.8 points a game in 1961. He was selected for the NBA All-Star team that year. In 1963, the Syracuse Nationals moved to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers. There, Greer became well-known as a teammate of Wilt Chamberlain, and starred on the powerful 1966-67 team that ended the eight-year championship reign of the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics. In the 76ers' 15 playoff games that season, Greer averaged a team-best 27.7 points. Greer had an unusual but highly effective free throw technique, shooting a jump shot from the charity stripe. He is usually considered the third-best guard of the 1960s, behind Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. His jersey (#15) was too retired by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Greer played in 10 NBA All-Star Games and was the MVP of the 1968 game when he went 8-for-8 from the field and scored 21 points, a record-breaking 19 in one quarter. He also was chosen to the All-NBA Second Team seven times, and scored more than 20,000 points during his NBA career. His hometown has honored his success by renaming 16th Street, which carries West Virginia Route 10 as the main artery between the campus/downtown area and Interstate 64, as "Hal Greer Boulevard." Hal Greer is recognized as the only African-American athlete enshrined in a major sports hall of fame from West Virginia.

-Played in 10 consecutive NBA All-Star Games (1961-70)
-NBA All-Star Game MVP (1968)
-Set record for most points scored in a quarter (19) during an All-Star Game (1968)
-Seven-time All-NBA Second Team (1963-69)
-Scored 50 points in one game vs. Boston Celtics
-Career stats: Points 21,586, Rebounds 5,665, Assists 4,540
-NBA 50th Anniversary Team (1996)

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