Roger Brown elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

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INDIANAPOLIS – Slowly but surely, the proud ABA history of the Indiana Pacers is getting recognized by the NBA.

A year after Mel Daniels was elected to the league’s Hall of Fame for his contributions to the league, forward Roger Brown was today elected to the NBA’s Hall of Fame.

He went in as the ABA’s “direct-elect” player and was chosen over a few other from the league including former Pacers coach Bobby “Slick” Leonard and Freddie Lewis.

Brown was a four-time ABA All-Star and was apart of the Pacers three championships in the association. Brown scored 10,498 points in the ABA while grabbing 3,758 rebounds and dishing out 2,315 assists.

During the 1970 ABA Playoffs, Brown was named the Most Outstanding Player in helping the Pacers to their first of three championships in that league. He was also a four-time ABA All-Star, a first team selection in 1971 and was named to the ABA’s All-Time team in 1997.

For his efforts with the franchise, the Pacers retired Brown’s number 35-one of four never to be worn again by the team.

The honor comes posthumously for Brown, who died of liver cancer in 1997.

Brown becomes the third Pacers player to enter the Hall of Fame the last two seasons with Reggie Miller and Daniels getting the nod a year ago.

3 comments

  • Robert Mitchell

    As a graduate of Wingate H.S. I played for Winthrop J.R.H.S.and was offered a spot on the Wingate sqad by the new coach of the basketball team.I declined to concentrate on my studies and didn't think i'd get much playing time.I attended "the gate" about 4 years after Roger left.I heard great things about Roger and met him around 1967,68 when he parked his Eldorado on Montgomery St,outside the Montgomery street schoolyard.I knew his cousin Leon Dicks and played ball with.But i hate to say it i don't think Roger should have been elected to the NBA H.O.F.Surprisingly to me when i punched up his ABA stats,he only averaged 17.5 P.P.G.Or about what Zelmo Beaty averaged in the NBA.I think what happened to Brown&Connie Hawkins[banned by the NBA]was a travesty.They both lost 3-4 years in their prime.And i don't think "The Hawk" was an NBA Hall of famer either.Being honest.Saw Jolly Roger out play Dr.J at the Nassau Colisieum in 1972.Roger scored 24 points to the Dr's 17 and he blocked 2 of Irvings shots under the basket.

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