NBA Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins Has Passed Away At 75
The former Phoenix Suns power forward was the “first professional sports superstar” who helped to put Phoenix on the map.
Connie Hawkins, better known as “The Hawk” in the NBA, played for the Phoenix Suns from 1969-1973. He helped to revolutionize the game as one of the sport’s great innovators and made Phoenix a destination for future hoops stars such as Kevin Johnson, Dan Marjerle and Charles Barkley. According to his family, speaking with 12 News’ Bruce Cooper, the legend has passed away at the age of 75.
“His unique combination of size, grace and athleticism was well ahead of its time,” a statement from his family read. “His signature style of play is now a hallmark of the modern game.” The Hawk averaged 20.5 points, 9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for the Phoenix Suns, while being a four-time NBA all-star. As a member of the Suns’ Ring of Honor club, Hawkins’ number 42 is retired by the franchise.
Connie ended up in the NBA with the Suns after leaving the ABA and spending time playing for the Harlem Globetrotters. In the ABA, he was a dominate force, proving himself to be a top scorer for the team, averaging more than 28 points per game and earned MVP and playoff MVP honors for the 1967-68 season with the Pittsburgh Pipers.
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