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Richie Guerin

Enshrined 2013
Bronx, NY
Born: May 29, 1932

Biography

Richie Guerin was a New York guy. He grew up in the Bronx, played college basketball at Iona College just north of the city, and enjoyed his best years playing for his hometown New York Knickerbockers. He was tough and determined, feared no one, and played every game like it was his last. The Knicks struggled in those years, but Guerin was a fan favorite recognized for his hustle and blue-collar style. The six-time All Star led the Knicks in scoring and assists for four straight seasons starting in 1959 proving that he was one of the best all-around players of his era. His career high in scoring came against the Syracuse Nationals in December of 1959 when Guerin went for 57 points. One year earlier, in December of 1958, the selfless guard handed out 21 assists in a game, a career high and Knicks franchise record. In 1963, Guerin was traded to the St. Louis Hawks and by the following season he was named player/coach. A natural leader, he led his St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks teams to the postseason in each of his eight years there including two first place finishes in the Western Division.

Career Highlights

Six-time NBA All Star, 1958-63
All-NBA Second Team, 1959, 1960, 1962
AAU All-America, 1955
NBA Coach of the Year, 1968