Bailey E. Howell (born January 20 1937 in Middleton, Tennessee) is a former professional Basketball player. A 6'7" Forward (basketball) from Mississippi State University, he played 12 seasons (1959–1971) in the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers. A six-time NBA with 17,770 career points, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. He won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. The best years of his career were during his time at the Bullets and the Celtics. At his alma mater, he still set and held records even though during his playing days he was only allowed to play three varsity seasons because of a junior varsity freshmen year and did not have a three point line or shot clock. He is considered a legend to the Bulldog basketball faithful, and one of, if not, the most famous players to have played at MSU. He is probably most known for his Hook shot, rebounding ability, and work ethic as a player and person. After his career ended, he went onto work with the shoe company Converse mostly with the Converse. He resides at his home in Starkville, Mississippi where he is very active in Mississippi State athletics fund-raising, specifically the Bulldog Club, an organized fund to pay for MSU athlete's scholarships. The award for the best collegiate basketball player in the state of Mississippi was named in his honor in 2006, and the award is given annually as the Howell Award.
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