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ANDREW MICHAEL "HANDY ANDY" PHILLIP (March 7, 1922 – April 29, 2001) was an American professional basketball player. Born in Granite City, Illinois , Phillip had an 11-year career and played for the Chicago Stags of the Basketball
Basketball
Association of America and the Philadelphia Warriors , Fort Wayne Pistons and Boston Celtics , all of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association .

Phillip led his high school, Granite City, to the Illinois state championship in 1940. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 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.

He 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
Iwo Jima
.

Phillip played in the first five NBA All-Star
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, 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 . 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.

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. Phillip later coached the Chicago Majors of the American Basketball League .

Phillip was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame in 1961. He was elected to the Illini Men\'s Basketball
Basketball
All-Century Team in January 2005. In 2007, Phillip was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball
Basketball
Tournament ", recognizing his superior performance in his appearance in the tournament.

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

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.

CONTENTS

* 1 BAA/NBA career statistics

* 1.1 Regular season * 1.2 Playoffs

* 2 Head coaching record * 3 References * 4 External links

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

1947–48 Chicago 5 – .283 .714 – .8 7.2

1948–49 Chicago 2 – .389 1.000 – 6.0 19.5

1949–50 Chicago 2 – .259 .769 – 6.0 12.0

1950–51 Philadelphia 2 – .400 .500 7.5 7.0 7.5

1951–52 Philadelphia 3 40.7 .421 .792 4.7 7.3 11.7

1952–53 Fort Wayne 8 41.1 .338 .667 4.0 3.8 10.3

1953–54 Fort Wayne 4 34.0 .342 .750 3.0 4.3 8.8

1954–55 Fort Wayne 11 40.5 .323 .850 5.5 7.1 8.5

1955–56 Fort Wayne 10 17.3 .333 .440 2.6 3.5 2.9

1956–57 † Boston 10 12.8 .364 .400 2.0 1.7 2.2

1957–58 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 %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

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 .177

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REFERENCES

* ^ "Sport: Whiz Kids". Time. March 15, 1943. * ^ A B Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip
Stats. Basketball
Basketball
Reference. Accessed on June 9, 2017. * ^ "Illinois Basketball
Basketball
All-Time Rosters". Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Accessed on June 10, 2017. * ^ "Sport: Whiz Kids, Grown Up". Time. December 23, 1946. * ^ Lamothe, Dan (2009-04-29). "Corps to induct 4 into Sports Hall of Fame". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2009-05-07. * ^ 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 * ^ "City Hails Nats' World Title Triumph", Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, pp. 1, 45. * ^ Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip
Coaching Stats. Basketball
Basketball
Reference. Accessed on June 10, 2017. * ^ Association for Professional Basketball
Basketball
Research American Basketball
Basketball
League page * ^ IHSA 100 Legends of Boys Basketball * ^ 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. * ^ Wright, Branson. "Men of Granite sports movie begins production in Cleveland next month". Cleveland.com. July 21, 2015. Accessed on June 9, 2017.

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