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Darnell Hillman


Darnell Hillman

Darnell Hillman
Personal information
Born (1949-08-29) August 29, 1949
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Hiram W. Johnson
(Sacramento, California)
College San Jose State (1968–1969)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1971–1980
Position Power forward / Center
Number 20, 28, 30
Career history
19711977 Indiana Pacers (ABA / NBA)
1977–1978 New Jersey Nets
1978 Denver Nuggets
1978–1979 Kansas City Kings
1979–1980 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 6,666 (9.8 ppg)
Rebounds 5,187 (7.6 rpg)
Blocks 782 (1.3 bpg)
Stats at

Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman (born August 29, 1949) is a former professional basketball player.

Hillman graduated from Hiram W. Johnson High School.

The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) forward played college basketball at San Jose State University. Hillman was selected in the first round of the 1971 NBA Draft (the 8th pick overall) by the Golden State Warriors, but opted instead to play for the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association.[1]

Hillman played six seasons for the Pacers, who joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the ABA-NBA merger in June 1976. Hillman earned a reputation for his stylish slam dunks and oversized afro hairstyle.[2][3] Hillman later played with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Kansas City Kings, and Golden State Warriors in the NBA, and he ended his career in 1980 with combined NBA/ABA totals of 6,666 points and 5,187 rebounds during the regular season, and 7,339 points and 5,809 rebounds including the post-season.

Hillman also played for the United States men's national basketball team at the 1970 FIBA World Championship.[4]

Hillman was once asked by a reporter if it was true he could jump high enough to grab a quarter off the top of the backboard. Hillman responded, “Put a $100 bill up there and see.” The reporter, who had heard the stories of Hillman picking quarters off the top of backboards, turned down the offer.

At the 1997 ABA reunion, Hillman won the "Biggest ABA Afro" Award.[3]

Currently, Hillman serves as Associate Director of Camps, Clinics & Alumni Relations for the Indiana Pacers.

On February 4, 2012, Hillman's #45 was retired by San Jose State University.[5] Hillman joins Ricky Berry (#34) and Olivier Saint-Jean (#3) as the only Spartans to have their jerseys retired.


  1. ^ Darnell Hillman page
  2. ^ Darnell Hillman page
  3. ^ a b When Big Hair Ruled the ABA page
  4. ^ 1970 USA Basketball
  5. ^

External links

  • Career statistics
  • Darnell Hillman page
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