Mel Counts

Mel Counts
Mel Counts
No. 11, 31
Center / Forward
Personal information
Date of birth October 16, 1941 (1941-10-16) (age 70)
Place of birth Coos Bay, Oregon
Nationality American
High school Marshfield (Oregon)
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College Oregon State
NBA Draft 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1964–1976
Career history
19641966 Boston Celtics
1966–1967 Baltimore Bullets
1967–1970 Los Angeles Lakers
19701972 Phoenix Suns
1972 Philadelphia 76ers
1972–1974 Los Angeles Lakers
19741976 New Orleans Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 6,516 (8.3 ppg)
Rebounds 4,756 (6.0 rpg)
Assists 1,100 (1.4 apg)
Stats at
Stats at

Mel Grant Counts (born October 16, 1941 in Coos Bay, Oregon) is a retired American basketball player who was in the NBA from 1964 to 1976.[1] He was on the United States Olympic basketball team that won the gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics. He played in college for Oregon State University and was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1964 NBA Draft. The Celtics won the NBA Championship in 1965 and 1966 with Counts on the team as Bill Russell's backup, but he was traded for the 1967 season to the Baltimore Bullets. Halfway through that season he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, who made it to the playoffs that year.

The next three seasons Counts' Lakers made it to the NBA Finals, where they would play in and ultimately lose three years in a row. In the 1969 NBA Finals, Counts indirectly played a role in one of the most controversial coaching decisions in NBA history. In game 7, starting Laker center Wilt Chamberlain, who had never fouled out of a game, picked up his 5th foul with 6 minutes to play. A minute later, Wilt came off the floor limping and was replaced by Counts with the Lakers trailing the Celtics by nine points. The Lakers cut the deficit to one point on a shot by Counts, with coach Butch van Breda Kolff refusing to reinsert Chamberlain into the game in the final minutes even though Wilt said his knee felt good enough to play. The Lakers lost the game, 108-106, and the series, 4-3. (As it turned out, Chamberlain severely injured the same knee early the next season and missed 70 games. The fiery van Breda Kolff was fired).

Counts played one more season with the Lakers before being traded to the Phoenix Suns with the Lakers getting hall of famer Gail Goodrich back (he started with the Lakers but went to Phoenix in the 1967 expansion draft). After several more stops around the league, including a return to the Lakers in 1973, Counts ended his career with the New Orleans Jazz in 1976.

As of 2006, he works as a real estate agent in Woodburn, Oregon. [1] His son Brent played college basketball at the University of the Pacific, and mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen is his nephew.[2]


  1. ^ Mel Counts.
  2. ^ The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo. July 28, 2010.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mel Counts — Datos personales Nombre completo Melvin Grant Counts Apodo Goose Nacimiento Coos Bay, Oregón …   Wikipedia Español

  • Mel Counts — Fiche d’identité Nom complet Mel Grant Counts Nationalité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mel Reynolds — Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois s 2nd district In office January 3, 1993 – October 1, 1995 Preceded by …   Wikipedia

  • Mel Hall — This article is about the late 20th century baseball player. For the 20th century unicyclist, see Melvin Hall. Mel Hall Outfielder Born: September 16, 1960 (1960 09 16) (age 51) Lyons, New York …   Wikipedia

  • Wilt Chamberlain — No. 13 Center Personal information Date of birth August 21, 1936 Place of birth …   Wikipedia

  • Finales de la NBA de 1969 — Equipo Entrenador Victorias Boston Celtics Bill Russell 4 Los Angeles Lakers …   Wikipedia Español

  • Liste des joueurs de NBA — Cette liste regroupe l ensemble des joueurs ayant évolué en National Basketball Association. Les joueurs actuels, jouant en NBA sont inscrits en gras. Cette liste inclut des joueurs de la National Basketball League (NBL), de la Basketball… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Walt Hazzard — Mahdi Abdul Rahman No. 42, 1, 44 Guard Personal information Date of birth April 15, 1942 (1942 04 15) (age 69) Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Nationality …   Wikipedia

  • Cotton Nash — No. 33, 17, 44 Small forward Personal information Date of birth July 24, 1942 (1942 07 24) (age 69) Place of birth Jersey City, New Jersey …   Wikipedia

  • Red Auerbach — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Auerbach. Red Auerbach …   Wikipédia en Français