Spencer Haywood ( born April 22, 1949 in Silver City, Mississippi ) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played between 1969/70 a year in the ABA and then from 1970 to 1983 in the NBA. Haywood is 2,05 m tall and played on the position of power forward.
Haywood grew up with nine siblings in rural Mississippi. At the age of 15 he moved in with his brother in Detroit. There he attended Pershing High School, with whom he won the 1967 High School Championship of Michigan. Haywoods grades were too poor to take one of the many sports scholarships, so he spent a year at Trinity State Junior College. The following summer of 1968 Haywood played for the U.S. basketball team at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and won gold. After that, he began studying at the University of Detroit, where he brought an outstanding performance in the season 68/69 with 32 points and 22 rebounds per game. Haywood therefore decided to discontinue his studies and to become professional athletes.
Since he did not directly allowed as a " Underclassman " ( undergraduate students ) in the NBA, he played 69/70 for the Denver Rockets in the ABA. Through his outstanding achievements again (30 points and 19.5 rebounds per game ), he was elected with just 20 for the MVP of the ABA. But Haywood was not satisfied, he wanted to move to the "big" NBA. In 1970 he signed - despite the underclassmen ban - a contract with the Seattle SuperSonics. The NBA filed a contradiction, it went to court. The Supreme Court eventually ruled in favor of Haywood, and led the NBA to change its draft rules. Only the Haywood ruling cleared the way for the current to underclassmen in today's NBA, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James.
Haywoods performance found, strangely enough, in 1973 peaked ( 29.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game). Then built Haywood, although early 20s, continuously. 1975 sent him to the Sonics to the New York Knicks. He played four years with further declines in performance and was then sent in the season 78/79 to the New Orleans jazz, but he left after the season. There followed a year with the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as a. Reyer Venezia Mestre in Europe from Italy, followed by two years with the Washington Bullets until Haywood in 1983 ended his career To date, Haywood is not a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, yet the NBA in 1996 chose him among their " 50 best players of all time".
Haywood was also with the Iman Abdulmajid, now the wife of pop star David Bowie, married. From this marriage in 1987, also comes Zulekha Haywood ( born July 5, 1978).