Roger Brown

Enshrined 2013
Brooklyn, NY
May 22, 1942 - March 4, 1997


Roger Brown was one of the greatest players of the modern era to play his entire career in the American Basketball Association. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Brown played for G.W. Wingate High School often facing his crosstown rival Connie Hawkins who had helped him develop his game. When the pair faced each other in a game at Madison Square Garden, Hawkins scored 18 points while Brown poured in 39. Brown left home to attend the University of Dayton in Ohio before leaving basketball for a short period of time. When the “Rajah” resurfaced in 1967, he was born again, this time as one of the greatest one-on-one players in professional basketball. Playing with the Indiana Pacers, Brown was a force leading the franchise to three ABA championships in four years. His signature moments came on plays designed to get Brown the ball and get out of the way. Brown always saved his best for last. In the 1970 ABA Finals, he erupted for 53, 39, and 45 points in the final three games against the Los Angeles Stars.

Career Highlights

ABA Playoffs Most Valuable Player, 1970
Four-time ABA All Star, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972
All-ABA First Team, 1971
ABA Championships with the Indiana Pacers, 1970, 1972, 1973