John K. "Jack" Twyman

Enshrined 1983
Pittsburgh, PA
5/21/1934 - 5/30/2012


Jack Twyman's single-minded work ethic and dedication made him one of the best pure-shooting and high-scoring forwards in the NBA's first two decades. During high school, the gymnasium at Pittsburgh Central Catholic was Twyman's second home. He would practice diligently every day, shooting 100 foul and 200 jump shots and between 100 to 150 set shots each session. His diligence paid off when he made the team in his senior year. Twyman continued to cultivate his skills while at University of Cincinnati, where he scored 1,598 points and finished his career as Cincinnati's scoring leader. In the NBA, he played his entire eleven-year era with Rochester/Cincinnati and averaged 31.2 points a game in 1960. In 1958, Twyman became the legal guardian of paralyzed teammate Maurice Stokes and assisted in providing for Stokes' care throughout the rest of his life./p>

Career Highlights

All-America at Cincinnati, 1955
Six-time NBA All-Star, 1957-60, 1962-63
Second Team All-NBA, 1960, 1962
Among the NBA's top fifteen scorers for eight seasons