Elvin Hayes

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Basketball player
Elvin Hayes
Elvin Hayes 1975 Bullets.jpg
Player information
Full name Elvin Ernest Hayes
Nickname The Big E
birthday 17th November 1945 (age 74)
place of birth Rayville , Louisiana , United States
size 206 cm
Weight 107 kg
position Center / Power Forward
college Houston
NBA draft 1968, 1st pick , San Diego Rockets
Clubs as active
1968–1972 San Diego / Houston Rockets 1972–1981 Baltimore / Washington Bullets 1981–1984 Houston RocketsUnited StatesUnited States
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Elvin Ernest Hayes (* 17th November 1945 in Rayville , Louisiana ) is a retired American professional basketball player , who from 1968 to 1984 in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the San Diego / Houston Rockets and Washington Bullets was active.



Hayes first played for the University of Houston , where he and Don Chaney became the first African American college student in 1966 . He led Houston to the semi-finals of the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship twice without ever winning and left college as the best rebounder in NCAA tournament history.


In the 1968 NBA Draft, Hayes was selected first by the newly formed San Diego Rockets . The ABA team, the Houston Mavericks , also selected Hayes at the top of the ABA draft. In 1969, after his debut season, Hayes was appointed to the NBA All-Rookie Team and was also named NBA Scoring Champion with an average of 28.4 points.

In 1972 Hayes moved from the Rockets to the Baltimore Bullets , who then played in Washington from 1974. With the Bullets, Hayes won the 1978 NBA championship. In 1981 he returned to the Rockets, for which he then played for three years. He ended his career in 1984. During his long career he scored 21.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks on average.

Hayes is considered one of the best players of the 1970s. Between 1973 and 1979 he was elected to the NBA six times and between 1969 and 1980 he was nominated twelve times for the NBA All-Star Game . With 27,313 points in 1,303 games, he is the 10th most successful NBA point collector (as of 2020). In 50,000 minutes of play (only five players stood longer on the floor) he achieved the fourth most rebounds of all time with 16,279 “boards”. Hayes was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990. The Washington Wizards , whose most successful scorer in team history he is, withdrew jersey number 11 in Hayes' honor and have not awarded it since. In 1996 he was voted one of the 50 best players in NBA history for the 50th anniversary of the NBA .


  • Sven Simon: Elvin Hayes. Lost in Time , in: Five 23 (12-2005), pp. 74-77.

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