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Mack Calvin (born July 27, 1947) is an American former basketball player.

Mack Calvin
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Personal information
Born (1947-07-27) July 27, 1947 (age 72)
Fort Worth, Texas
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolLong Beach Polytechnic
(Long Beach, California)
NBA draft1969 / Round: 14 / Pick: 187th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1969–1981
PositionPoint guard
Number20, 21, 24, 33
Career history
As player:
1969–1970Los Angeles Stars
19701972The Floridians
19721974Carolina Cougars
1974–1975Denver Nuggets
1975–1976Virginia Squires
1976Los Angeles Lakers
1976–1977San Antonio Spurs
19771978Denver Nuggets
1979–1980Utah Jazz
1980–1981Cleveland Cavaliers
As coach:
1975Virginia Squires
1992Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points12,172 (16.1 ppg)
Rebounds1,923 (2.5 rpg)
Assists3,617 (4.8 apg)
Stats at

High school careerEdit

Calvin was born in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Long Beach Poly in California.

College careerEdit

A 6'0" point guard from Long Beach City College and the University of Southern California, Calvin was a 14th-round draft pick of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers in 1969.

In his final college season, Calvin and his Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins, 46–44, in Pauley Pavilion, ending the Bruins' 41 consecutive game winning streak, 45 in a row in Pacific-8 Conference play wins, and 17 in a row over USC. The victory also ended UCLA's 51 victories in Pauley Pavilion.[1]

Pro careerEdit

He played seven seasons (1969–1976) in the now-defunct American Basketball Association (ABA) and four seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Calvin began his professional career with the ABA's Los Angeles Stars, averaging 16.8 points per game in his first season to make the ABA All-Rookie Team. The following season, he averaged a career-high 27.2 points for The Floridians, in the process setting the ABA records for most free throws made (696) and most free throws attempted (805) in one season.[2] Calvin also played for the ABA's Carolina Cougars, Denver Nuggets, and Virginia Squires before the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. He also briefly coached the Squires during the 1975–1976 season. During his ABA career, he tallied 10,620 points and 3,067 assists (second in ABA history behind only Louie Dampier's 4,044) and appeared in 5 All-Star games.

Calvin joined the Lakers for the 1976–77 NBA season but saw a sharp decline in playing time. He was able to match the same level of production per minute he reached while in the ABA, though. He spent his four seasons in the NBA with five teams—the Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets (which had joined the NBA in 1976), the Utah Jazz, and the Cleveland Cavaliers—before retiring in 1981 with an NBA career scoring-average of 7.0 points per game.

Coaching careerEdit

He coached Virginia Squires in the ABA (1975–76) for six games and Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA (1991–92, as an interim head coach in February 1992 for two games).


  1. ^ Jerry Crowe, "Mack Calvin waited it out with USC to beat UCLA", Los Angeles Times, February 2, 2009
  2. ^ The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. pp. 208–209. ISBN 0-679-43293-0.

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