Mel Daniels

American basketball player and coach (1944-2015)

Melvin Joe Daniels (July 20, 1944 – October 30, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for the Minnesota Muskies, Indiana Pacers, and Memphis Sounds, and in the National Basketball Association for the New York Nets. Daniels was a two-time ABA Most Valuable Player and a seven-time ABA All-Star. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Mel Daniels
Mel Daniels.jpg
Daniels, circa 1967
Personal information
Born(1944-07-20)July 20, 1944
Detroit, Michigan
DiedOctober 30, 2015(2015-10-30) (aged 71)
Sheridan, Indiana
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolPershing (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeBurlington CC (1963–1964)
New Mexico (1964–1967)
NBA draft1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career1967–1976
Number34, 9
Career history
As player:
1967–1968Minnesota Muskies (ABA)
19681974Indiana Pacers (ABA)
1974–1975Memphis Sounds (ABA)
1976New York Nets
As coach:
1988Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points11,778 (18.4 ppg)
Rebounds9,528 (14.9 rpg)
Assists1,140 (1.8 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Daniels died on October 30, 2015, at the age of 71. He had recently undergone heart surgery.[1]


  1. "Former Pacers Great Mel Daniels Dies at 71". Archived from the original on 2015-10-31. Retrieved 2015-10-31.

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