Don Ohl

Donald Jay Ohl (born April 18, 1936) is an American former professional basketball player who spent 10 seasons (1960–1970) in the National Basketball Association (NBA). His nickname was Waxie because of his crew cut.[1]

Don Ohl
Personal information
Born (1936-04-18) April 18, 1936 (age 85)
Murphysboro, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolEdwardsville (Edwardsville, Illinois)
CollegeIllinois (1955–1958)
NBA draft1958 / Round: 5 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career1959–1970
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Number10, 30
Career history
1959–1960Peoria Cats
19601964Detroit Pistons
19641968Baltimore Bullets
19681970St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points11,549 (15.9 ppg)
Rebounds2,163 (3.0 rpg)
Assists2,243 (3.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

College careerEdit

Ohl attended Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Illinois, and the University of Illinois.

Professional careerEdit

Ohl played for the Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, and St.Louis/Atlanta Hawks. Among the best distance shooters of his time, the 6'3", 190-pound guard scored 11,549 points and appeared in five NBA All-Star Games in his career.

Shortly after the 1963–64 campaign, Ohl was involved one of the first so-called megatrades, this one an eight-player deal between the Pistons and Bullets. On June 9, 1964, the Pistons sent Ohl, center Bob Ferry, forward Bailey Howell, forward Les Hunter and the draft rights to guard Wally (later Wali) Jones to the Bullets in exchange for forwards Terry Dischinger and Don Kojis and guard Rod Thorn. The deal turned out to a fortuitous one for the Bullets, as Howell and Ohl became mainstays with the team.

Ohl experienced his finest hour in the 1965 playoffs, which saw the Bullets eliminate the St. Louis Hawks in four games in round one. In the Western Division finals, Ohl and future Hall of Fame guard Jerry West were locked in a tense shootout that saw West and the Los Angeles Lakers finally prevail in six games, each of which was decided by eights points or fewer. Ohl averaged 26.1 points in 10 games that post-season.

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