This is an article about the basketball player. For the physicist, see Erwin Wilhelm Müller.

Erwin Louis Mueller (March 12, 1944 – June 7, 2018)[1] was an American basketball player. A 6'8" forward/center,he attended the University of San Francisco where he was All-Coast, All Conference & All-America and was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (10th pick overall) of the 1966 NBA draft.

Erwin Louis Mueller
Personal information
Born(1944-03-12)March 12, 1944
Livermore, California
DiedJune 7, 2018(2018-06-07) (aged 74)
North Las Vegas, Nevada
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolLivermore (Livermore, California)
CollegeSan Francisco (1963–1966)
NBA draft1966 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career1966–1973
PositionPower forward / Center
Number14, 34, 6, 24, 51, 35
Career history
19661968Chicago Bulls
1968Los Angeles Lakers
1968–1969Chicago Bulls
1969, 2 seasonsSeattle SuperSonics
19691972Detroit Pistons
1972–1973Virginia Squires
1973Memphis Tams
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points3,287 (7.4 ppg)
Rebounds2,100 (4.7 rpg)
Assists881 (2.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

During his first season, Mueller averaged 12.7 points per game for the Bulls and earned NBA All-Rookie Team honors. He was traded midway through his second season to the LA Lakers for Jim Barnes and a draft choice on January 9, 1968. Mueller would return to the Bulls for the start of the 68-69 season by way of another trade through the Lakers sending Keith Erickson to LA for Erwin on September 23, 1968. However his tenure in Chicago would not last through the season. On January 31, 1969 Mueller was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for a draft choice and cash.

In his seven-season (1966–1973) NBA career, he also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, and Detroit Pistons and scored 3,248 total points. He spent parts of the 1972–73 and 1973–74 seasons in the rival American Basketball Association as a member of the Virginia Squires and Memphis Tams.

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1966–67 Chicago 80 -- 26.7 .441 --- .658 6.2 1.6 --- --- 12.7
1967–68 CHI/LA 74 -- 24.1 .456 --- .578 5.2 2.0 --- --- 7.5
1968–69 CHI/SEA 78 -- 17.3 .375 --- .549 3.8 2.3 --- --- 4.8
1969–70 SEA/DET 78 -- 30.1 .464 --- .719 6.1 2.6 --- --- 10.1
1970–71 Detroit 52 -- 23.5 .408 --- .556 4.2 2.1 --- --- 6.0
1971–72 Detroit 42 -- 14.4 .345 --- .581 3.5 1.3 --- --- 4.3
1972–73 Detroit 21 -- 3.8 .290 --- .714 0.6 0.3 --- --- 1.1
1972–73 Virginia ABA 17 -- 12.0 .321 --- .300 2.7 1.5 --- --- 2.2
1973–74 Memphis ABA 3 -- 6.6 .000 --- .400 1.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.7
NBA Career 425 -- 22.4 .429 --- .627 4.8 2.0 --- --- 7.6
ABA Career 20 -- 11.2 .298 --- .333 2.5 1.4 --- --- 2.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Obituary". Independentnews.com. June 21, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.

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