Dave Meyers (basketball)

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Dave Meyers
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Meyers with UCLA in 1972–73
Personal information
Born (1953-04-21)April 21, 1953
San Diego, California
Died October 9, 2015(2015-10-09) (aged 62)
Temecula, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Sonora (La Habra, California)
College UCLA (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career 1975–1980
Position Power forward
Number 21, 22, 7
Career history
19751980 Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,149 (11.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,771 (6.3 rpg)
Assists 652 (2.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

David William Meyers (April 21, 1953 – October 9, 2015) was an American basketball player with the Milwaukee Bucks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The forward played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. He was an All-American as a senior in 1975, when he won his second national championship with UCLA. He was drafted in the first round of the 1975 NBA draft with the second overall pick, and played four years professionally with Milwaukee.

Early life

Born in San Diego, California, Meyers was one of 11 children (six girls, five boys) of Bob and Pat Meyers.[1] Bob was a standout basketball player at Marquette University and was the Warriors' captain in 1944-45.[2] Dave attended high school at Sonora High School in La Habra, California. As a senior, he averaged 22.7 points per game in leading the Raiders to the Orange League title and, in the postseason, the California Southern Section AA championship. Meyers was named AA Player of the Year.[3]

College career

As a sophomore in 1972–73, Meyers played a backup role on the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team, averaging 4.9 points per game, sixth on the team, and 2.9 rebounds. UCLA won the Pacific-8 title, went 30-0 and captured the 1973 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament with an 87-66 win over Memphis. Meyers totaled four points and three rebounds in the championship game.[4]

As a junior in 1973–74, Meyers became a starter on a front line with future Hall-of-Famers Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes.[5] Meyers averaged 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. [5]

In 1974-75, with Walton and Wilkes graduated, the Bruins reloaded and Meyers was the senior starter on a front line with two sophomores and future All-Americans Marques Johnson and Richard Washington. Meyers led the team in both scoring and rebounding with 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game with a .484 field goal percentage.[6] He won the John Wooden Award as UCLA's Most Valuable Player[5] and he was a consensus first-team All-American.[5] The Bruins went 28-3 and won the NCAA championship in the 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the team's 10th in a 12-year span, with a 92-85 win over Kentucky.[5] Meyers totaled 24 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game.[7]

Meyers appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1975 with the headline "UCLA Still Best in the West."[8] He was inducted into the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Hall of Honor in March 2015.[9]

NBA career

Meyers was the second pick in the first round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.[10] Nineteen days later,[10] Meyers was part of one of the biggest trades in NBA history as he, along with Elmore Smith, Junior Bridgeman, and Brian Winters, was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley.

In his rookie season of 1975-76 with the Bucks, Meyers played 72 games and averaged 22.1 minutes per game. He averaged 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.[10] He posted a then career single-game high of 28 points in just his third NBA game, against the New Orleans Jazz.[11]

In 1976-77, Meyers was limited to 52 games but his playing time increased to over 25 minutes per game, He averaged 9.7 points, 6.8 rebound and 1.7 assists per game, with a .467 field goal percentage.[10] On April 10, 1977 he set a new personal best of 31 points against the San Antonio Spurs.[12]

In 1977-78, his third season, Meyers came into his own as a starter and the Bucks, after two losing seasons, rebounded to a 44-38 record. Playing alongside his former UCLA teammate Marques Johnson, Meyers played 80 games and averaged over 30 minutes per game. Meyers posted a career-high 14.7 points per game along with 6.7 rebounds and a career-high 3.0 assists.[10] On November 15, 1977, he upped his single-game scoring personal best to 32 points, against the Portland Trail Blazers.[13]

Meyers missed the 1978-79 season with a back injury.

In the 1979-'80 season for the Bucks, he played 79 games and just under 28 minutes per game as the Bucks went 49-33 and won the NBA Midwest Division.[14] Meyers averaged 12.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

After four NBA seasons, on April 30, 1980 Meyers made a surprise announcement that he was retiring from basketball to spend more time with his family and devote more time to his Jehovah's Witness faith.[15]

Personal life

Meyers married his wife, Linda, in 1975. Daughter Crystal was born a year later, and son Sean followed three years later. Meyers worked as a sales rep for Motorola and took night classes in education at National University.[16] He received his teaching certificate and, beginning in 1988, for many years he served as an elementary school teacher at Railroad Canyon School in Lake Elsinore, California. He also served as a basketball instructor, both privately and at camps, primarily for children ages 8–12.[1]

Meyers died of cancer in Temecula, California, on October 9, 2015, at the age of 62.[17]

Meyers was the older brother of Ann Meyers, who also was an outstanding basketball player as well as the only woman to sign a free-agent contract with an NBA team (Indiana Pacers, 1979).[18]


  1. ^ a b "Passion for the Game : Former Bruin Dave Meyers Teaches Children About Basketball, but He Doesn't Want to Coach". latimes. 
  2. ^ "Bruin Great Ann Meyers Drysdale To Receive 2014 Dick Enberg Award". uclabruins.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-11. 
  3. ^ http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/HELMS/Basketball/HelmsBasketballAnnual1971.pdf
  4. ^ "UCLA vs. Memphis Box Score, March 26, 1973 - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. 
  5. ^ a b c d e http://www.uclabruins.com/fls/30500/old_site/pdf/m-baskbl/2011-12/misc_non_event/1112_MBB_MG_History.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=30500
  6. ^ "1974-75 UCLA Bruins Roster and Stats - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. 
  7. ^ "UCLA vs. Kentucky Box Score, March 31, 1975 - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. 
  8. ^ UCLA STILL BEST IN THE WEST. Sports Illustrated. February 17, 1975, Volume 42, Issue 7
  9. ^ Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor to Induct 2014-15 Class, Pac-12 Conference, January 15, 2015
  10. ^ a b c d e "Dave Meyers". Basketball-Reference.com. 
  11. ^ "Dave Meyers 1975-76 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. 
  12. ^ "Dave Meyers 1976-77 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. 
  13. ^ "Dave Meyers 1977-78 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. 
  14. ^ "1979-80 Milwaukee Bucks". Basketball-Reference.com. 
  15. ^ "The Milwaukee Sentinel - Google News Archive Search". 
  16. ^ "Sports Illustrated Vault - 1950 Issues". SI.com. 
  17. ^ AP Story. "Associated Press". 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
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