Alex English

By:Bob Gillespie


Alex English stretching before a game with the Denver Nuggets
Alex English with the Denver Nuggets

Name: Alex English

Born: Jan. 5, 1954

Background/Significance: Alex English played college basketball at the University of South Carolina and then spent 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association, averaging 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his NBA career.

He was named to eight NBA All-Star teams, his No. 2 jersey was retired by the Denver Nuggets and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. English also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks, as well as for Italian club Basket Napoli.

After his playing career, he was a TV analyst for the Nuggets and an assistant coach with Toronto, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Sacramento. In 2014, he provided color commentary for three USC basketball games for SEC Network+, a digital outlet produced by the school.

South Carolina connection: A Columbia native, Dreher High School and USC graduate, English currently lives in Blythewood.

Discover more: English’s retired jersey hangs in the Colonial Life Arena, and a plaque listing his USC accomplishments is on display in the arena’s concourse. View his Basketball Hall of Fame bio ​here.

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