John Brown (basketball, born 1951)

John Young Brown (born December 14, 1951) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. A forward, he played collegiately at the University of Missouri. He was a graduate of Dixon High School in Dixon, Missouri. Brown was selected for the 1972 Olympic team, but due to injury did not compete in the games.

John Brown
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Brown during his sophomore season at Missouri.
Personal information
Born (1951-12-14) December 14, 1951 (age 68)
Frankfurt, West Germany
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolDixon (Dixon, Missouri)
CollegeMissouri (1970–1973)
NBA draft1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1973–1983
PositionSmall forward
Number50, 32, 52
Career history
19731978Atlanta Hawks
1978–1979Chicago Bulls
1979Utah Jazz
1980Atlanta Hawks
1980–1982Basket Mestre
1982–1983Grifone Perugia
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points3,614 (7.4 ppg)
Rebounds2,126 (4.4 rpg)
Assists703 (1.4 apg)
Stats at

Brown was selected tenth overall in the 1973 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, and was named to the 1974 NBA All-Rookie Team. His final season was split between the Hawks and the Utah Jazz in 1979–80. Brown also played for the Chicago Bulls for one season and several years in Italy after leaving the NBA.

On March 10, 2019, the University of Missouri retired Brown's number 50 jersey in a ceremony at halftime of their final home game of the 2018–19 season.[1]


  1. ^ Schiffer, Alex (March 9, 2019). "'Now I can die': Mizzou retires John Brown's No. 50 basketball jersey". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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