An NBA Hall of Famer, English joins the Sixers after serving as director of player development for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2002-03 season. Prior to joining Atlanta, English was the head coach of the North Charleston Lowgators of the NBDL. In the league's inaugural season (2001-02), he led the Lowgators to a 36-20 record and a playoff berth.
One of the most recognizable figures in Denver Nuggets history , English played for four teams (Dallas, Denver, Indiana and Milwaukee) in his 15 NBA seasons. The 6-foot-7 forward is Denver's all-time leader in scoring (21,645) and assists (3,679), and in 10 of his 11 seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged better than 21 points per game. English, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997, boasts career averages of 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Selected in the second round (23rd overall) of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, English played two seasons for the Bucks before signing as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers in 1978. Along with a first-round pick, English was traded to Denver on Feb. 1, 1980, for George McGinnis. Following 11 seasons in Denver, English signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 1990, where he played his final NBA season.
The eight-time NBA All-Star was an All-NBA second team selection three times (1982, 1983 and 1986) and was honored with the league's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award for his dedication to community service in 1988.
A four-year starter at the University of South Carolina, English averaged 17.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Under Hall of Fame Head Coach Frank Maguire, English earned All-America selections twice (1975 and 1976), and lead the Gamecocks to the postseason three times (NIT-1975, NCAA-1973, 1974). A native of Columbia, S.C., English is the school's all-time scoring leader (1,972 points) and was honored with the retiring of his No. 22 jersey retired.
English and his wife Vanessa have six children: Jade-Li, Alex, Jr., William, James, Joseph and Imani.
Alex English Comments:
On his alma mater The University of South Carolina
"Going to the University of South Carolina and playing for the greatest basketball coach of all-time was just a thrill for me," said English today. "I think every kid should experience and have the opportunity to go to college, a college like the University of South Carolina for at least two years. Every athlete for at least two years. But four years there was a life experience that I will always remember. Serving on the Board of Trustees there was one of the most amazing experiences of my life."
On being back out on the court as a 76ers Coach
I'm looking forward to it. I respect the 76ers organization and what they have done in the past. Hopefully, my experiences here will take us to another level. I'm looking forward to it.
On primarily working with the big guys and young guys on the team
I think I'll be working with everybody. I feel I can help everybody. I am one of those guys who can work with anybody. I'll hopefully be able to help everybody improve their game.
On his impression of the 76ers and their success in recent years
They've had great success, and I know this year with the guys that we've got, and adding another big scorer in Glenn Robinson, I think we have potential to be a really good team.
On Head Coach Randy Ayers style of coaching
I know he is a very dedicated coach, and he is a coach that is going to give his assistants an opportunity to work with the players and I look forward to that. I look forward to being here and working with him and Chris Ford. Every experience can be a learning experience.
On getting back to coaching
I started in the NBDL as a head coach and then went to the Atlanta Hawks as a Player Development Coach and then moved to an Assistant Coach. I'm happy with that experience. I've worked with two very good coaches, Lon Kruger and Terry Stotts. I learned a lot from them, and I feel that there is a lot more for me to learn, and a lot more knowledge for me to share.
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