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Roger Brown (basketball, born 1942)

Roger Brown
Personal information
Born May 22, 1942
Brooklyn, New York
Died March 4, 1997(1997-03-04) (aged 54)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school George W. Wingate
(Brooklyn, New York)
Pro career 1967–1975
Position Forward / Guard
Number 35, 19, 1
Career history
1967–1974 Indiana Pacers
1974 Memphis Sounds
1974–1975 Utah Stars
1975 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA statistics
Points 10,498 (17.4 ppg)
Rebounds 3,758 (6.2 rpg)
Assists 2,315 (3.8 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Roger William Brown (May 22, 1942 – March 4, 1997) was an American professional basketball player. Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8, 2013.


  • Career 1
  • Later life and death 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


A 6'5" forward/guard, Brown starred at Brooklyn's University of Dayton in 1960, but he was banned from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Basketball Association (NBA) when it was revealed that while still in High School and along with fellow Brooklyn star Connie Hawkins, he had been introduced to a gambler, Jack Molinas, who was involved in illegal point shaving. Brown was never accused of point shaving and his only crime was associating with Molinas.

Brown (right) guarding Doug Moe (left)

With the NCAA and NBA ban in place, he continued to play basketball in Dayton's amateur leagues, and in 1967 signed with the

External links

  • Remember the ABA: Roger Brown
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  2. ^ a b "Five Direct-Elect Members Announced for the Class of 2013 By the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. February 15, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 


After basketball, Brown served as a Republican on the Indianapolis City Council for four years. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1996 and died the following year.[2]

Later life and death

On February 15, 2013, Brown was announced as one of five direct inductees to join the Naismith Hall of Fame, having been elected by the Hall's ABA Committee.[2] He was inducted in September 2013.

Brown was one of seven players unanimously selected to the Mel Daniels) to have his jersey (#35) retired by the Pacers.

, Brown scored 10,498 points, appeared in four All-Star games, and earned three Championship rings. The NBA later reinstated Brown but he never played in the league. Utah Stars, and Memphis Sounds During his eight-year (1967–1975) ABA career, spent with the Pacers, [1]

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