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Andy Phillip

Enshrined 1961
Granite City, IL
March 7, 1922 - April 29, 2001

Biography

Captain and floor general of the "Whiz Kids" of Illinois during their glory years, Andy Phillip was considered one of the era's best playmakers. A fierce competitor, Philip played his best in the big games. Ranking among the nation's top collegiate players, Philip led Illinois to Big Ten Championships in 1942 and 1943, as well as an undefeated season in 1943. Known for his quick hands and adept passing ability, Phillip played eleven pro seasons. In 1952, he became the first player in NBA history to register more than 500 assists in a single season. In 1957, the steady playmaker helped lead the Boston Celtics to their first championship.

Career Highlights

Consensus two-time All-America, 1943, 1947
National College Player of the Year at Illinois, 1943
Five championship finals, 1947, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958
Five-time BAA/NBA All-Star, 1951-55