3. Cliff Hagan
Cliff Hagan entered the NBA later than he would have liked as the former NCAA Champion with Kentucky served in the military for a few years, however he would quickly make up for lost time.

Hagan, who was originally drafted by the Boston Celtics but would have his rights traded to St. Louis would become an All Star in his second season.  Hagan would have five straight All Star Game appearances and would help the Hawks win their only Championship, where he would actually lead everyone in the Playoffs in PER.

He would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Acquired: Traded from the Boston Celtics with Ed Macauley for Bill Russell 4/30/56.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1965-66 Season but would later sign as the player/coach of the Dallas Chaparrals of the ABA.
  • Games Played: 745
  • Per Game Averages: 29.2 MP
    .450 eFG%
    .798 FT%
    18.0 PTS
    6.9 RB
    3.0 AST
    N/A STL
    N/A BLK*
  • Advanced Stats: 19.5 PER
    .539 TS%
    N/A VORP **
    75.1 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA Champion (1958)
    Second Team All NBA (1957-58 & 1958-59)
    All Star Game (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 & 1962)

    * There were no Steals and Blocks recorded during the time that Hagan played.

    ** VORP was not an available statistic during the time that Hagan played.
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