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Michael Campanella "Campy" Russell (born January 12, 1952) is an American former professional basketball player. He played the forward position in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks for nine years (1975–1982, 1985) and played in the 1979 NBA All-Star Game.[1]

Campy Russell
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Russell from the 1973 Michiganensian
Personal information
Born (1952-01-12) January 12, 1952 (age 65)
Jackson, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Pontiac Central
(Pontiac, Michigan)
College Michigan (1972–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 1974–1985
Position Small forward
Number 20, 21, 4
Career history
19741980 Cleveland Cavaliers
19801982 New York Knicks
1984 Cleveland Cavaliers
1984–1985 Detroit Spirits
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,953 (15.8 ppg)
Rebounds 2,696 (4.8 rpg)
Assists 1,684 (3.0 apg)
Stats at

Before joining the NBA, Russell was a star player at the University of Michigan. Russell played three seasons at Michigan, and in his junior year he averaged 23.7 points per game. He was named an All American that year.[2]

During his All Star season in the NBA in 1978–1979, Russell averaged 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game for the Cavaliers.[1]

Today, Russell works in the Cavaliers' front office as Director of Alumni Relations.[3] He is also a co-host of the Cavaliers' pregame and postgame show (Cavaliers Live, alongside Jeff Phelps) on FS Ohio.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Basketball Reference". Basketball Reference. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Detroit Free Press". DPress. 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  3. ^ Nason, Gerry (October 2014). "Cleveland Cavaliers Flashback: Campy Russell". Fansided. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Cavs Home Opener coverage on FOX Sports Ohio". NBA. 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2015-02-06. 

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