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Mel Hutchins

Mel Hutchins
Personal information
Born (1928-11-22) November 22, 1928 (age 87)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Arcadia (Arcadia, California)
College BYU (1947–1951)
NBA draft 1951 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Pro career 1951–1958
Position Power forward / Center
Number 14, 2, 9, 4, 10
Career history
19511953 Milwaukee Hawks
19531957 Fort Wayne Pistons
1957–1958 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,851 (11.1 ppg)
Rebounds 4,186 (9.6 rpg)
Assists 1,298 (3.0 apg)
Stats at

Melvin R. Hutchins (born November 22, 1928) is a retired American basketball player. He played professionally in the NBA from 1951 to 1958.

A 6'6" power forward/center from Brigham Young University, Hutchins played for the Milwaukee Hawks, Fort Wayne Pistons, and New York Knicks. In 1952, as a rookie, he was the co-leader of the NBA in total rebounds with 880, at a rate of 13.3 rebounds per game. Hutchins and Bill Tosheff were named co-NBA Rookie of the Year by newspaper writers—a designation not recognized by the NBA.[1][2] During his career, Hutchins appeared in four NBA All-Star Games. After sustaining a serious knee injury, he retired in 1958 with 4,851 career points and 4,186 career rebounds.


Hutchins is the brother of 1952 Miss America winner Colleen Kay Hutchins and the uncle of former NBA player Kiki Vandeweghe.

See also


  1. ^ Friedman, David (March 2, 2009). "Bill Tosheff: NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and Tireless Advocate for the "Pre-1965ers". 20 Second Timeout. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ Goldstein, Allan (October 30, 1994). "NBA forgot it honored Hoffman". The Baltimore Sun (Tribune Company). Retrieved September 1, 2011. 

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