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Alvan Leigh Adams (born July 19, 1954 in Lawrence, Kansasmarker) is a retired Americanmarker professional basketball player. After starring at the University of Oklahomamarker, the 6'9" (2.06 m) power forward/center was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 4th pick of the 1975 NBA Draft. Adams, who won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1976 and led the Suns to an improbable season that landed them in the NBA Finals, was named to the NBA All-Star Game that season, and was also a member of the All-NBA Rookie Team. Adams spent his entire career with the Suns and retired in 1988 with 13,910 career points.

College career

During 26 games of the 1973-74 season Adams tied an Oklahoma school record with 21 double-doubles for a season by a Sooner (Garfield Heard, 1969-70 also had 21 in 27 games). That record was finally broken by Blake Griffin on February 14, 2009.

Adams is one of only three players in the history of the University of Oklahoma men's basketball program to score at least 40-points and get 20-rebounds in a game (Wayman Tisdale (61 points - 22 rebounds against Texas-San Antonio in 1983) and Griffin (40 points - 23 rebounds against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on February 14, 2009).

He is one of only four Sooners to have his college jersey (#33) retired by the OU program (Wayman Tisdale (#23), Mookie Blaylock (#10) and Stacey King (#33) are the other three).

Professional career

On February 22, 1977 Adams recorded a triple-double with 47 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists against the Buffalo Braves. He is one of four players in NBA history (along with Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and Vince Carter) to have as many as 46 points and 16 rebounds in a triple-double performance.

Adams's jersey number (33) was retired, but on the signing of free agent Grant Hill, Adams granted him permission to wear his familiar No. 33 with the Suns.


  1. NOTE: OU does not retire the number, but the jersey, "Tisdale 23"; Griffin also wears #23.
  2. Elias, Peter. - Elias Says: "Kidd, Carter match feat not done since Jordan, Pippen in 1989". - Associated Press. - (c/o ESPN).

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