Bobby Leonard

American basketball player and coach (1932-2021)

William Robert "Slick" Leonard (July 17, 1932 – April 13, 2021) was an American professional basketball player, coach and color commentator. He played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. He won the national championship in 1953.

Bobby Leonard
Leonard, circa 1962
Personal information
Born(1932-07-17)July 17, 1932
Terre Haute, Indiana
DiedApril 13, 2021(2021-04-13) (aged 88)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolGerstmeyer (Terre Haute, Indiana)
CollegeIndiana (1951–1954)
NBA draft1954 / Round: 2 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Playing career1956–1963
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1962–1964, 1968–1980
Career history
As player:
19561961Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers
19611963Chicago Packers / Zephyrs
As coach:
19621964Chicago Zephyrs / Baltimore Bullets
19681980Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points4,204 (9.9 ppg)
Rebounds1,217 (2.9 rpg)
Assists1,427 (3.3 apg)
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach

Leonard coached the Indiana Pacers to three American Basketball Association (ABA) championships. He was added into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 2014.

Leonard died on April 13, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 88.[1][2]


  1. Keefer, Zak; Michael, J. (April 13, 1986). "Bobby 'Slick' Leonard, Hoosiers and Pacers icon, dies at 88". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  2. Marot, Michael (April 13, 2020). "Bobby 'Slick' Leonard, 88, Pacers Hall of Fame coach, dies". Associated Press. Retrieved April 13, 2021.