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Andy Phillip
Position(s) Guard/Forward
Jersey #(s) 19, 7, 4, 14, 17
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Born March 7, 1922(1922-03-07)
Granite City, Illinois
Died April 29, 2001 (aged 79)
Career information
Year(s) 1947–1958
NBA Draft 1947 / Round: 5 / Pick: 43

Selected by Chicago Stags

College Illinois
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     6384
Rebound     2395
Assists     3759
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Andrew Michael Phillip (March 7, 1922 – April 29, 2001) was a guard/forward who had an 11 year career professional basketball career from 1948 to 1958. Born in Granite City, Illinois, Andy Phillip played for the Chicago Stags of the Basketball Association of America and the Philadelphia Warriors, Fort Wayne Pistons and Boston Celtics, all of the National Basketball Association.

Phillip led his high school, Granite City, to the Illinois state championship in 1940. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned renown for his talents and the Fighting Illini's success. Upon graduation from college, Phillip did a short stint in the United States Marine Corps where he served as a First Lieutenant.[1]

Phillip played in the first five NBA All-Star Games, and was twice named to the All-NBA Second Team. He led the NBA in assists during the 1950-51 and 1950-52 seasons. Phillip's teams made it to the NBA Finals during his final four seasons — twice with Fort Wayne and twice with Boston. The 1957 Boston team won the NBA Championship.

Phillip was alleged by one of his Fort Wayne Pistons teammates, George Yardley, to have conspired with gamblers to throw the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals.[2] In the decisive seventh game, Phillip turned the ball over with three seconds remaining in the game, enabling Syracuse to win by one point, 92-91.[3]

He coached the St. Louis Hawks for 10 games in 1958, posting a 6-4 record.

Phillip was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961.

Phillip died at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA on April 29, 2001. He was 79 years old.

Notes and sources

  1. ^ Lamothe, Dan (2009-04-29). "Corps to induct 4 into Sports Hall of Fame". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  2. ^ The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of Basketball. By Charley Rosen. p. 154. 2001 Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1583222685
  3. ^ "City Hails Nats' World Title Triumph," Syracuse Herald Journal, April 11, 1955, pp. 1, 45.

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Preceded by
Alex Hannum
St. Louis Hawks Head Coach
Succeeded by
Ed Macauley


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