Mel Daniels

Melvin Joe Daniels ( born July 20, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan ) is a retired American professional basketball player. During his successful time he won three ABA championships with the Indiana Pacers. His jersey with the number 34 is not assigned when the Pacers.


From 1964-1967 Daniels played for his college basketball team, the New Mexico Lobos. With the team he twice reached the second round of the NIT tournaments and was elected to the All- WAC time twice in the team and was a senior best scorer of the WAC. Moreover, it was also appointed as a Senior in NCAA All-American team. He was admitted his college into the Hall of Honor in 1989.


After leaving college he was drafted in both the ABA of the Minnesota Muskies, as well as in the NBA by the Cincinnati Royals. He decided to play in the ABA. The Muskies he was right in his first season best scorer, the Eastern Division finals reached with the team and became the Rookie of the Year selected. After a very successful first season, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers. In his six years with the Pacers, he won three ABA championships and was elected twice to the MVP. After that, he still played a season for the Memphis Sounds. In the ABA, he participated in a total of seven All- Star Games and was once voted All-Star Game MVP. In addition, he was appointed four times the ABA first- team and has the most rebounds ( 9494 ) brought in ABA history. After his successful time in the ABA, he played half a year for the New York Nets in the NBA, but he only played 11 games. 2012 Mel Daniels was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

Two years after he had finished his professional career, he was an assistant coach at Indiana State Sycamores to. Four years he served as an assistant coach at Indiana State University and trained there among others, Larry Bird, who was later to play for the Boston Celtics. After he had stopped at the university, he began two years later with his old club, the Pacers also as an assistant coach. He was an assistant coach and was also for two games head coach, but he worked from 1986 primarily as Director of Player Personnel in the Front Office of the Pacers. In October 2009 he was dismissed from the Pacers.