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Melvin Joe Daniels (July 20, 1944 – October 30, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He played in the American Basketball
Basketball
Association (ABA) for the Minnesota Muskies, Indiana Pacers, and Memphis Sounds, and in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association for the New York Nets. Daniels was a two-time ABA Most Valuable Player and a seven-time ABA All-Star. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame in 2012.

Contents

1 Career 2 Honors 3 Death 4 NBA records 5 References 6 External links

Career[edit] Daniels attended Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan, which also produced players like Spencer Haywood, Ralph Simpson, Kevin Willis
Kevin Willis
and Steve Smith. Daniels then played for the University of New Mexico Lobos basketball team, where he averaged 20 points per game and was named an all-American.[1] He was the ninth pick of the 1967 NBA draft, selected by the Cincinnati Royals, and was also drafted by the Minnesota Muskies of the American Basketball
Basketball
Association (ABA). He chose to play in the fledgling ABA.[2] Daniels was the ABA Rookie of the Year for the 1967–68 season before being traded to the Indiana Pacers, then of the ABA and now in the NBA. Daniels was the ABA Most Valuable Player in both 1969 and 1971 and led the Pacers to three ABA championships.[1] Daniels played in seven ABA All-Star Games, and was named the ABA All-Star Game MVP in the 1971 game.[3] Daniels led the ABA in rebounding average in three different seasons, and is the ABA's all-time leader in total rebounds (9,494) and career rebounding average (15.1 rebounds per game).[4] Daniels also grabbed 1,608 career postseason rebounds.[5] Daniels played briefly for the NBA's New York Nets
New York Nets
during the 1976–77 season. After his playing days, Daniels joined the coaching staff of his college coach, Bob King, at Indiana State, where he coached future Hall of Famer Larry Bird. Daniels joined the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
front office in 1986 and was the team's Director of Player Personnel until October 2009.[6] Honors[edit] Daniels was announced as a member of the 2012 induction class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 24, 2012.[7] He formally joined former ABA players Connie Hawkins
Connie Hawkins
(1992), Dan Issel
Dan Issel
(1993), David Thompson (1996) and Artis Gilmore
Artis Gilmore
(2011) in the Hall on September 7, 2012. In 1997, Daniels was selected as a member of the ABA All-Time Team by a panel of ABA sports media, referees and executives.[8] Daniels is one of four players (the others are Roger Brown, Reggie Miller and George McGinnis) to have his jersey (#34) retired by the Pacers. Death[edit] Daniels died on October 30, 2015, at the age of 71, from complications after heart surgery.[9] He was survived by his wife, CeCe Daniels, son Mel Daniels
Mel Daniels
Jr., two granddaughters, and two sisters.[10] NBA records[edit]

Fewest games scoring fewer than 10 points, career, by a Hall of Famer: 12

One fewer game than Michael Jordan, who had one such game with the Chicago Bulls and 12 with the Washington Wizards for 13.

References[edit]

^ a b Goldstein, Richard (October 31, 2015), "Mel Daniels, Prolific Rebounder on the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
in the 1970s, Dies at 71", The New York Times  ^ SI Wire. "Mel Daniels: Pacers star and Hall of Famer dies at age 71 – NBA – SI.com". SI.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015.  ^ The Official NBA Basketball
Basketball
Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 240. ISBN 0-679-43293-0.  ^ The Official NBA Basketball
Basketball
Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 209. ISBN 0-679-43293-0.  ^ "20 Second Timeout". 20secondtimeout.blogspot.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015.  ^ Wells, Mike (October 23, 2009). "Pacers fire Mel Daniels". Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Star. Archived from the original on November 26, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2015. (Subscription required (help)).  ^ "Five Direct-Elects for the Class of 2012 Announced By the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame. February 24, 2012. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2012.  ^ ABA All-Time Team, Basketball-Reference.com ^ Mark Smith. "Lobo hoops legend Mel Daniels
Mel Daniels
dies at age 71". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved October 30, 2015.  ^ " Mel Daniels
Mel Daniels
dies at age 71". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com ABA Records Archived September 11, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.

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