Alex English

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Alex English
Alex English
Position: Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 190
Nationality: American
Born: 1/5/54
Birthplace: Columbia, S.C.
Draft: ABA-Round 7, NBA-Round 2
Drafted By: Indiana (ABA), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
College: University of South Carolina
NBA Career: 1976-1991 (NBA)
Mavs Tenure: 1990-1991

Alex English (born January 5, 1954 in Columbia, South Carolina) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks on August 15, 1990 as an unrestricted free agent.

English attended the University of South Carolina where he was a four-year starter. He was an effective scorer throughout his college career posting his most prolific numbers as a senior when he averaged 22.6 points per game.

For his career he had a field goal percentage of .538 and finished first all-time at South Carolina in minutes played (4113), field goals made (855) and field goals attempted (1590). He is also second all-time in scoring with 1,972 points and third in career rebounding with 1064.

The Milwaukee Bucks drafted English in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft. He was also selected in the seventh round by the American Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers.

He played only two seasons in Milwaukee before signing a free agent contract with the ABA team that drafted him, the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks obtained Indiana's 1979 first-round draft pick in return for waiving their right of first refusal.

With the Pacers, English's scoring numbers rose to 16.0 ppg as his playing time grew substantially in his third NBA season. While he began the next season (1979-80) he was traded on February 1, 1980, along with a first-round draft pick to Denver in exchange for forward George McGinnis in what would become one of the NBA's more lopsided deals ever. McGinnis was out of the league by 1982.

English played eleven seasons in Denver and holds most of the team's offensive records. He led the Nuggets to nine straight playoff appearances, was named to the NBA All-Star team seven consecutive seasons and was the first player ever to record eight-straight 2000 point seasons.

He won the league's scoring championship in 1982-1983 and was named NBA All-Second team three times. English posted his highest scoring average in 1985-1986 with a 29.8 ppg average. Five times in his NBA career his played in all 82 of his team's games and was honored by the league in 1987-1988 with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award.

The 6'7 forward, known for his finesse and technique on the court, left Denver and signed a free agent contract with the Mavs for the 1990-1991 season. Playing mostly off the bench, behind starter Rodney McCray, English averaged 9.7 ppg for Dallas.

His year with the Mavericks proved to be his last in the NBA and he retired as the seventh all-time leading scorer in league history with 25,613 points, which still ranks twelfth today.

In 1988 his alma mater, South Carolina, elected English to their Athletic Hall of Fame and the Nuggets honored him in 1992 retiring his legendary jersey # 2.

The greatest honor may have been reserved for 1997 when he was selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Following his playing career, English stayed in basketball working as an assistant coach for Atlanta and Philadelphia. He joined the Toronto Raptors staff in 2004 as an assistant coach and Director of Player Development. He was with the Raptors until 2012 and, after a short stint on the staff of the Sacramento Kings, he became a color analyst for the SEC Network.