Steven Charles Mix (born December 30, 1947), nicknamed The Mayor, is an American former professional basketball player and coach. Mix had a thirteen year playing career, was an NBA All-Star and played in the NBA Finals on four occasions. He had a lengthy career as a broadcaster for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Steve Mix
Steve Mix 1979.JPG
Mix in 1979
Personal information
Born (1947-12-30) December 30, 1947 (age 72)
Toledo, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolRogers (Toledo, Ohio)
CollegeToledo (1966–1969)
NBA draft1969 / Round: 5 / Pick: 61st overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1969–1983
PositionSmall forward
Number23, 50
Career history
19691971Detroit Pistons
1971Denver Rockets
19731982Philadelphia 76ers
1982–1983Milwaukee Bucks
1983Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points8,357 (10.6 ppg)
Rebounds4,160 (5.3 rpg)
Assists1,393 (1.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

college careerEdit

Mix attended Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio, and the University of Toledo, playing for coach Bob Nichols.

At Toledo, Mix earned first-team all-Mid-American Conference honors for three consecutive seasons, in 1967, 1968 and 1969. He was the MAC Player of the Year as a senior in 1969. Mix led the Rockets to the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore in 1967, averaging 23.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. As a junior Mix averaged 21.8 points and 10.2 rebounds, and as senior averaged 24.1 points and 12.1 rebounds.[1][2]

In his career at Toledo, Mix averaged a double-double of 23.0 points and 11.9 rebounds, shooting 53% from the floor in 73 career games.[3]

Mix ranks fifth in Toledo history with 1,676 total points and is the all-time leader in points per game with 23.0.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Mix was a power forward with a 13-year career from 1969 to 1972 and from 1973 to 1983, playing in the National Basketball Association, with one year in the Continental Basketball Association and one game in the American Basketball Association.

Mix was selected in the fifth round of the 1969 NBA draft with the 61st pick by the Detroit Pistons. Mix was also drafted by the Carolina Cougars of the ABA in the 1969 ABA draft.[4]

Detroit Pistons (1969–1971)Edit

Mix was a reserve early in his career and he took time to become an established player.

Selected in the fifth round of the 1969 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, Mix signed with Detroit. In two plus seasons in Detroit under coaches Butch van Breda Kolff and briefly, Earl Lloyd, Mix played in 61 games and averaged 7.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. On November 22, 1971 Mix was waived by the Pistons.[5]

Denver Rockets (1971)Edit

Mix played one game with the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association after his release from Detroit. He scored two points in four minutes, playing for coach Alex Hannum on December 23, 1971.[6][7]

Grand Rapids Tackers (1972–1973)Edit

In the 1972–73 season, Mix played for the Grand Rapids Tackers of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) after being cut by the Philadelphia 76ers in training camp. Mix revived his career averaging 31.1 points in 19 games. Mix led the Tackers to the CBA Championship under coach Don Vroon.[8][9][10][11][12]

Philadelphia 76ers (1973-1982)Edit

On August 29, 1973, Mix signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers. Mix's career turned with the 76ers in 1973–74 and he remained with the team for nine seasons. Mix played in all 82 games for the 1973–74 76ers, averaging a double-double 14.9 points and 10.5 rebounds, with 2.6 steals under coach Gene Shue. The 76ers finished the season with a record of 25–57.[13]

In 1974–75, Mix averaged 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds as Philadelphia finished 34–48. Mix made the NBA All-Star team, but played in only 46 games due to injury.[14]

The 76ers improved to 46–36 in 1975–76, as Mix averaged 13.9 points 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 81 games, playing alongside Doug Collins, George McGinnis, Billy Cunningham and rookie Lloyd Free. The 76ers lost to the Buffalo Braves in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.[15]

Philadelphia scored a coup when they obtained Julius Erving before the 1976–77 season. The 76ers finished the regular season 50–32, as Mix averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists, as the team added Henry Bibby, Caldwell Jones and Darryl Dawkins to the roster. In the playoffs, Philadelphia beat the Boston Celtics 4–3 and the Houston Rockets 4–2 to advance to the 1977 NBA Finals where they fell to Bill Walton and the Portland Trail Blazers 4–2.[16]

Mix averaged 9.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 22 minutes per game, as Philadelphia finished 55–27 in 1977–78. Billy Cunningham replaced Gene Shue as coach after the team started the season 2-4. They were defeated by the Washington Bullets in the Eastern Conference Finals.[17]

Mix averaged 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds as the 76ers added Bobby Jones to the 1978–79 roster. The team finished 47–35, losing to the San Antonio Spurs 4–3 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.[18]

In 1979–80, Philadelphia finished 59–23, with Mix averaging 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The 76ers defeated the Washington Bullets 2–0, the Atlanta Hawks 4–1 and the Boston Celtics, with rookie Larry Bird, 4–1 to reach the 1980 NBA Finals against rookie Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers won the series 4–2.[19]

Mix averaged 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the 76ers in 1980–81 at age 33. The team finished 62–20, as Andrew Toney joined the roster. Philadelphia defeated the Indiana Pacers 2–0 and the Milwaukee bucks 4–3, before losing 4-3 to the eventual NBA champions Boston Celtics 4–3 in the Eastern Conference Finals.[20]

In 1981–82, Mix saw his playing time decrease at age 34 in what became his final season playing in Philadelphia. He averaged 7.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 75 games under coach Cunningham and assistant Chuck Daly. The 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 2–0, the Milwaukee Bucks 4–2 and the defending champions Boston Celtics 4–3 to reach the 1982 NBA Finals. In the NBA Finals, the 76ers lost again to the Los Angeles Lakers 4–2, behind playoff MVP Magic Johnson.[21]

In nine seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Mix played in 668 games, averaging 11.3 points, 5,6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals.[5]

Milwaukee Bucks/Los Angeles Lakers (1982-1983)Edit

On September 13, 1982m Mix signed as a veteran free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks. Mix averaged 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 57 games with 20 starts for the Bucks under coach Don Nelson. He averaged 14 minutes per game.[5]

On April 11, 1983, Mix was waived by the Bucks and on April 16, 1983, Mix signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.[5]

Mix played one regular season game with the Lakers, scoring nine points in 17 minutes on April 17, 1983, in the Lakers' final regular season game. He then played in the playoffs as the Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 4–1, the San Antonio Spurs 4–2 and to reach the NBA Finals.[22][23]

In the 1983 NBA Finals, Mix and the Lakers were swept by Mix's former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, 4–0.[24]

Overall, Mix appeared in 788 career games, playing for the Detroit Pistons (1968–1971), the Denver Rockets of the ABA (1971), Philadelphia 76ers (1973–1982), Milwaukee Bucks (1982–1983) and Los Angeles Lakers (1983). He averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals.[5]

Mix represented the 76ers in the 1975 NBA All-Star Game.[25] Mix played in four NBA Finals, three times with the 76ers (1977, 1980, 1982) and one with the Los Angeles Lakers (1983).

Coaching/Announcing careerEdit

Following his retirement as a player, Mix was head coach at his alma mater, the University of Toledo during the 1984-1985 season, following Bob Nichols. The Rockets finished 6-20.[26]

Mix spent 22 years as a color commentator on the 76ers' television broadcasts.[27]

In 2011, he worked a basketball analyst for SportsTime Ohio.

In 2012, Mix was named women's head coach at Trine University.[26] Mix left his position at Trine in 2014.

Since moving to Florida after his retirement at Trine, Mix has coached at basketball camps at Indian River State College.

PersonalEdit

Mix married his wife, Maryalice, in 1970. They have four children together and reside in Vero Beach, Florida.[28]

During and since their playing days, when they were teammates and roommates, Mix and Julius Erving have been close friends, calling each other for their birthdays to the present day. Mix was nicknamed "Sky" by Erving; according to Mix, "Julius and [Mix] would talk hoops, [they] would talk life [and] family. Every night [Erving] would have a candy bar before he would go to bed. He used to say, 'I'm calling you [Mix] Sky because you can't.'"[28]

On his number 50 jersey being retired by the University of Toledo in 2007, Mix said "I was totally shocked and amazed when this was proposed to me. I know it's never been done before. It's a great honor."[29]

After his retirement from basketball, Mix and his wife moved to Vero Beach, Florida."[28]

After calling Detroit Tigers clubhouse manager Jim Schmakel, Mix networked and became an usher for the New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, where the Mets hold Spring Training and where two of the Mets' minor-league affiliates, the St. Lucie Mets and the rookie-league Gulf Coast League Mets, play. Mix said: "I heard somebody say sometime, when you retire and you do nothing, how do you know when you are done? I need that place where I can hang my hat. I just need a place where I can do something." Mix received some recognition from fans who know him from his basketball days, including Mets Special Assistant to the General Manager J. P. Ricciardi. Mix said that a few people recognize him each day: "I have a couple people bring cards up ... probably a couple times a day somebody will say something."[28]

HonorsEdit

  • In 1977, Mix was inducted into the Toledo Rockets Hall of Fame.[1]
  • Mix was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.[30]
  • In 2007, Mix' number 50 was retired by the Toledo Rockets.[29]

NBA/ABA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1969–70 Detroit 18 15.3 .480 .590 3.6 .8 6.6
1970–71 Detroit 35 20.9 .446 .764 4.7 1.0 8.3
1971–72 Detroit 8 13.0 .319 .583 2.9 .5 4.6
1971–72 Denver(ABA) 1 4.0 1.000 1.0 .0 2.0
1973–74 Philadelphia 82 36.2 .475 .792 10.5 1.9 2.6 .5 14.9
1974–75 Philadelphia 46 38.0 .481 .776 10.9 2.2 1.7 .5 15.6
1975–76 Philadelphia 81 37.5 .499 .818 8.2 2.7 2.0 .4 13.9
1976–77 Philadelphia 75 26.1 .523 .817 5.0 2.0 1.2 .3 10.5
1977–78 Philadelphia 82 22.2 .520 .795 3.6 2.1 1.1 .0 9.2
1978–79 Philadelphia 74 17.1 .538 .801 4.0 1.6 .8 .2 9.3
1979–80 Philadelphia 81 19.0 .516 .400 .831 3.6 1.8 .8 .1 11.6
1980–81 Philadelphia 72 18.4 .501 .000 .833 3.7 1.6 .8 .3 10.8
1981–82 Philadelphia 75 0 16.5 .506 .250 .791 3.0 1.2 .6 .2 7.2
1982–83 Milwaukee 57 20 13.9 .487 .250 .851 2.4 1.2 .6 .1 6.0
1982–83 L.A. Lakers 1 0 17.0 .400 1.000 1.0 2.0 .0 .0 9.0
Career 788 20 23.9 .499 .286 .803 5.3 1.8 1.2 .2 10.6
All-Star 1 0 11.0 .400 2.0 .0 4.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1976 Philadelphia 3 44.7 .391 .800 6.0 4.0 3.7 .7 14.7
1977 Philadelphia 19 21.7 .523 .822 3.4 2.3 1.1 .2 7.8
1978 Philadelphia 10 23.5 .598 .884 4.6 3.6 1.5 .1 13.6
1979 Philadelphia 9 19.9 .525 .867 3.9 1.8 .7 .0 8.3
1980 Philadelphia 17 11.8 .458 .893 1.8 .8 .5 .3 6.6
1981 Philadelphia 16 12.9 .416 .000 .923 2.6 .6 .3 .1 5.5
1982 Philadelphia 7 7.1 .545 1.000 .714 1.6 .9 .0 .0 4.3
1983 L.A. Lakers 8 3.3 .400 1.000 .1 .0 .0 .0 .9
Career 89 16.2 .494 .500 .864 2.8 1.5 .7 .1 7.2

ReferencesEdit

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  28. ^ a b c d "Why is this ex-NBA star taking tickets at Mets games?". New York Post.
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