Ron Boone

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Ron Boone
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Personal information
Born (1946-09-06) September 6, 1946 (age 71)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Omaha Technical
(Omaha, Nebraska)
College
NBA draft 1968 / Round: 11 / Pick: 147th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career 1968–1981
Position Small forward / Guard
Number 12, 24, 1
Career history
19681971 Dallas / Texas Chaparrals
1971–1975 Utah Stars
1975–1976 Spirits of St. Louis
19761978 Kansas City Kings
19781979 Los Angeles Lakers
19791981 Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 17,437 (16.8 ppg)
Rebounds 4,348 (4.2 rpg)
Steals 823 (1.3 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ronald Bruce Boone (born September 6, 1946) is a retired American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He is the long-time and current color commentator on Utah Jazz broadcasts.

High school career

During his years at Tech High in North Omaha, Nebraska, Boone stood 6'2" and weighed 175 pounds.[1]

Playing career

After college, at Idaho State University,[1] Boone was selected by the Dallas Chaparrals in the 1968 ABA draft and by the Phoenix Suns in the 1968 NBA draft.[1] Boone opted for Dallas and the ABA.[1]

After two seasons with the Dallas Chaparrals (1968–71), Boone played for five seasons with the Utah Stars (1971–75).[1] He was also on the Stars' championship team in the 1971 ABA Finals. After five seasons with the Stars, Boone played for the Spirits of St. Louis during the 1975–76 season.[1] After the ABA–NBA merger in June 1976 Boone played in the NBA for the Kansas City Kings for two seasons (1976–78) and then for the Los Angeles Lakers for two seasons.[1] Boone then returned to Utah, finishing his professional career with two seasons as a member of the Utah Jazz.[1]

In Terry Pluto's collection of the oral history of the ABA, Loose Balls, interviewees noted that Boone's nickname was "The Legend", because he always showed up each season in shape and always was remarkably consistent. At the time of his retirement, Boone had the distinction of having played the most consecutive games of any player in the history of professional basketball – 1,041 in a row between the ABA and NBA.[2] This record has since been broken by A. C. Green. However, Boone played at least 20 minutes in each game.[3]

American Basketball Association (ABA) accolades

Boone finished 3rd all-time in ABA scoring with 12,153, behind Dan Issel (12,823) and Louie Dampier (13,726). He finished 6th all-time in assists (2,569), 5th in games played (662), 5th in minutes played (21,586), 2nd in personal fouls (2,245), and 1st in turnovers (2,327). As of the 2016-17 season, Boone ranks 84th in all-time points scored, 17 points behind Earl Monroe. Of the top five leading scorers in ABA history (Dampier, Issel, Mel Daniels, and Julius Erving), Boone is the only one of the five not in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. [4]

After basketball

For the past 27 years, Boone has worked in broadcasting for the Utah Jazz. For many fans, the duo of "Hot Rod" Hundley and Ron Boone is synonymous with Jazz basketball.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h DatabaseBasketball.com Ron Boone page Archived 2009-02-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Jazz Waive Boone, Ending His Streak of 1,041 Games", The New York Times, January 27, 1981, 2007  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Remember the ABA: Utah Stars Archived 2008-12-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/pts_career.html

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
  • DatabaseBasketball.com Ron Boone page
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