Johnny “Red” Kerr was the original big red head will always have a place in basketball history. Kerr had a very solid career as a player, a coach and finally as a legendary announcer kept him in the NBA spotlight for over 55 years. However, it is his playing career that will determine if he belongs in the Hall of Fame or not. Kerr was a vital part of the Syracuse Nationals which became the Philadelphia 76ers for all but one of his 13 years. He led the University of Illinois to a Final Four in college and then led the Syracuse Nationals to their only championship in 1955. A three time All-Star, Kerr was a solid scorer and terrific rebounder. He is only one of 20 players with 10,000 points and rebounds. A solid career for sure but probably not quite Hall worthy, but his legend has grown as has his popularity becoming the color guy for the Bulls starting in 1975 and running through their championship runs of the 1990s. This, plus his coaching career has gained him quite push to get in. Sadly, Johnny Kerr died in 2009 ironically on the same day as Bulls legend Norm Van Lier, who is still waiting for his name to be called by the Hall of Fame.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers
1st Round, 6th Pick Overall in 1954
Major Accolades and Awards:
Championship Rings: (1) (Syracuse Nationals, 1954-55)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (1958-59 & 1963-64)
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (1) (1958-59)
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (3) (1954-55, 1958-59 & 1962-63)
Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (8) (1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63 & 1963-64)
Notable All Time Rankings:
38. Rebounds: 10,092