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Harold E. "Hal" Greer

Enshrined 1982
Huntington, WV
Born: June 26, 1936

Biography

A 6-foot-2 fantastically athletic guard, Hal Greer had a sweet-shooting touch and was deadly on the fast break. Greer's career was an assault on the NBA's record books: at the time of his enshrinement, he ranked among the top ten all-time in points scored (21,586), field goals attempted (18,811), field goals made (8,504), minutes played (39,788), and personal fouls (3,825). In a fifteen-year career, Greer averaged 19.2 ppg -- eight seasons of 20 ppg or more -- and recorded 4,540 career assists. At Marshall University, Greer became the first African-American to play for a major college team in West Virginia. He developed an accurate one-hand jump shot, and set Marshall’s career record for field goal percentage (.545). Greer was named All-Conference in 1957 and 1958, and All-America in 1958. The only player to jump shoot his free throws, the productive Greer had logged 1,122 games when he retired from the NBA in 1973, setting another league record.

Career Highlights

NBA All-Star, 1961-70
NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers, 1967
NBA All-Star Game MVP, 1968
NBA 50th Anniversary Team, 1996