Joe Hassett (born September 11, 1955 in Providence, Rhode Island) was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1980 NBA expansion draft prior to the team's inaugural season.
He played collegiately for Providence College where he still shares the school record as one of only four players to score 500 points in a season for three consecutive seasons.
Recruited heavily by other schools, Hassett grew up less than a mile from the Providence College campus. He attended LaSalle High School in Providence and would sneak into Friars' games whenever he could. It was the school he wanted to attend.
"We hosted Central High School just before Providence went out to play UCLA (in the winter of 1973)," Hassett recalled. "The whole coaching staff came to our game. They had much bigger things to worry about than me but that said a lot. Coach Dave Gavitt told my dad that when they got back from L.A., he'd like to come by our house. He did and that was that."
During Hassett's time at Providence, the Friars ranked in the top 20 each year.
He was invited to play for the United States in the 1975 Pan American Games held in Mexico City where he averaged 6.8 points in nine games.
Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the third round of the 1977 NBA draft, he was a member of Seattle's 1978-1979 NBA Championship team.
Hassett played for Indiana for one season in 1979-1980 and finished fourth in the NBA with 69 three-pointers for the year. After the season, the Pacers left the 6'5 guard exposed in the league expansion draft and he was taken by the Mavericks.
Hassett played in just 17 games averaging 8.1 points per game before the Mavericks waived his contract on November 17, 1980 to make room for free agent Oliver Mack.
He was claimed by the Golden State Warriors where he played parts of three seasons. In both 1980-1981 and 1981-1982, Hassett finished second in the league in three point baskets with 53 and 71 respectively. He ended his career playing only six games for the Warriors in 1982-1983. For his six-year NBA career he averaged 5.9 points per game.
In the 1980s, Hassett joined other NBA Players on USO tours where they met with service members, shot hoops and posed for pictures.
Named to Sports Illustrated's Top 50 Rhode Island Sports Figures in the 20th Century, today Hassett lives in the Providence area where he is in investment banking and does color commentary for Providence Friars basketball games.
Still a natural competitor, Hassett teamed with Rick Barry and two others to place third in the NBA 2006 Legends of Basketball Golf Tournament in Las Vegas.
He is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, the Providence College Hall of Fame, the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Interscholastic Hall of Fame. Hassett is also on the advisory board of "A Wish Came True", a Rhode Island organization that grants wishes to children from the Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts area that suffer from life-threatening illnesses.