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SpouseLinda Haywood, Iman
FactOne in a clan of 10 children

Spencer Haywood is an American former professional basketball player. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2015. Haywood is known for his successful legal challenge of the NBA’s “undergraduate rule” which paved the way for early entry of college players into the NBA.

Haywood was born in Silver City, Mississippi on April 22, 1949. He was one of nine children born to parents who were sharecroppers. When Haywood was two years old, his family moved to Detroit, Michigan in search of better opportunities.

Haywood began playing organized basketball in high school. He attended Detroit Pershing High School where he led his team to a state championship in 1967. Haywood then attended the University of Detroit on a basketball scholarship.

Haywood left Detroit after his sophomore year to play professional basketball in the American Basketball Association (ABA). He was drafted by the Denver Rockets in the first round of the 1969 ABA Draft. Haywood was named the ABA Rookie of the Year after averaging 30.0 points and 19.5 rebounds per game.

In 1970, Haywood joined the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics. He helped lead the team to their first NBA Finals appearance in 1978. Haywood retired from the NBA in 1983 after 13 seasons.

Haywood’s career achievements include being named to four All-Star teams and being named the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1971. He was also named to the All-NBA First Team four times and the All-Defensive First Team twice. Haywood was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Haywood’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He has been married three times and has four children.

General Info

Full NameSpencer Haywood
Height2.03 m
Weight102 kg
ProfessionBasketball player
EducationPershing High School, University of Detroit Mercy, Trinidad State Junior College


SpouseLinda Haywood, Iman
ChildrenZulekha Haywood, Shaakira Haywood, Nikiah Haywood, Isis Haywood


AwardsAll-NBA Team, Mr. Basketball USA

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1Currently working in real estate and the auto industry in Canton, Michigan. [January 2003]
2Attended the same high school (Pershing) as former NBA player Mel Daniels, though not at the same time.
3Forward/Center for Denver Rockets of ABA (1969-1970) and Seattle Supersonics (1970-1975), New York Knicks (1975-1979), New Orleans Jazz (1979), Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1980) and Washington Bullets (1981-1983) of NBA.
4Had a daughter, Zulekha, with Iman.
5First person under the age of 21 to play for the NBA
6One in a clan of 10 children
7Played 13 years in the NBA, including two All-Star appearances.



The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh1979Basketball Player (New York)


The NBA on CBS1978TV SeriesHimself
1975 NBA All-Star Game1975TV SpecialHimself
1974 NBA All-Star Game1974TV SpecialHimself
1973 NBA All-Star Game1973TV SpecialHimself
1972 NBA All-Star Game1972TV SpecialHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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