A two-time consensus All-America at Mississippi State and a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics (1968, 1969), Bailey Howell was a versatile power forward who could score like a guard and rebound like a center. At 6-foot-7, the athletic Howell broke records for three years running at Mississippi State. Howell was named the school's Most Valuable Athlete in 1958-59 after guiding the Bulldogs to their first-ever Southeastern Conference (SEC) title that year. A three-time All-SEC selection, Howell averaged 27.1 ppg, leading Mississippi State to a three-year 61-14 record. Howell, who led the NCAA in field goal percentage (.568) in 1957 excelled for twelve NBA seasons, and upon his retirement in 1971, ranked in the top ten in nine statistical categories, including eighth all-time in points scored (17,770, 18.7 ppg), fourth in games played (950), and ninth in rebounding (9,383, 9.9 rpg).
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