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Herm Gilliam
Shooting guard
Born May 5, 1946(1946-05-05)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Died April 16, 2005 (aged 58)
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
College Purdue
Draft 13th round, 163rd overall, 1968
Chicago Bulls
1st round, 8th overall, 1969
Cincinnati Royals
Pro career 1969–1977
Former teams Cincinnati Royals 1969–1970
Buffalo Braves 1970–1971
Atlanta Hawks 1971–1975
Seattle SuperSonics 1975–1976
Portland Trail Blazers 1976–1977

Herman (Herm) L. Gilliam Jr. (May 5, 1946 – April 16, 2005) was an American professional basketball player. He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


College career




Herm Gilliam attended Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana. He played under head coach George King and alongside Billy Keller and three-time All-American Rick Mount. He was an honored co-captain of the Boilermakers in both his Junior and Senior years and helped lead the Boilers to an NCAA Finals appearance in 1969. He led Purdue with 8.5 rebounds per game his Senior season and received First Team All-Big Ten honors. He twice received Purdue's Most Valuable Player award and was the recipient of the Ward Lambert Scholarship Trophy for scholastic excellence. In three Varsity seasons at Purdue, the 6'3" 190 lb guard scored 1,118 points and finished his collegiate career in 5th place among the school's all-time scoring leaders, averaging 16 points a game. After his junior season, Herm declined to leave before his senior year for a chance to play for the Chicago Bulls, whom he was drafted by in the 13th round of the 1968 NBA Draft. In 2006 he was inducted in the Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Cincinnati Royals, Buffalo Braves


Gilliam was selected by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1969 ABA draft and by the Cincinnati Royals in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 1969 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.5 points a game in his rookie season while playing in Cincinnati. After his first season, Gilliam was traded to the Buffalo Braves, an expansion team, where he played for the 1970-71 season averaging 11.2 points and just over 4 rebounds a game.

Atlanta Hawks


During his honeymoon, "Bitty", as he was known to teammates, was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on July 23, 1971 to start the 1971-72 season. Working with the likes of Lou Hudson and Pete Maravich in the backcourt, he averaged 10.2 points a game and had career high 83.8 free-throw percentage, connecting with 145 on the season. He scored his season high of 30 points vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 19, 1972. Herm's best career season came during the 1972-73 campaign, where he averaged 14 points and 5.25 rebounds a game with a .468 field goal percentage, while leading the Hawks in steals. In his only season in which he scored over 1,000 points (1,665), he scored a career high 35 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 26, 1973. During his four seasons with Atlanta, he averaged 12.5 points a game, including his career high of 14.1 during the 1973-74 season.

Seattle Supersonics, Portland Trail Blazers


On October 22, 1975, Gilliam was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics. Gilliam suffered from a knee injury during the 1975-76 season, but rallied back and scored his season high 24 points in a game. After an injury-prone season with the SuperSonics, Gilliam was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he won an NBA championship ring with the likes of Bill Walton during his final season in 1977.


After retiring from the NBA, he took a job with United Parcel Service where he worked for 15 years, eventually being promoted to managing the company's Corvallis-Albany hub.[1]

Gilliam died of a heart attack on April 16, 2005 in Salem, Oregon.[1]


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