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Mel Bennett

Melvin P. Bennett

Position: Power Forward ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-7 ▪ Weight: 200 lbs.
Born: January 4, 1955 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
High School: Peabody in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
College: University of Pittsburgh
NBA Debut: November 11, 1976 ▪ ABA Debut: October 24, 1975

Other SR Links: College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1975-76 21 VIR ABA PF 75 2193 329 819 .402 0 2 .000 329 817 .403 .402 246 403 .610 249 277 526 97 77 47 176 266 904
1976-77 22 IND NBA PF 67 911 101 294 .344 101 294 .344 .344 112 187 .599 110 127 237 70 37 33 155 314
1977-78 23 IND NBA PF 31 285 23 81 .284 23 81 .284 .284 28 45 .622 49 44 93 22 11 7 30 54 74
1978-79 24 Did Not Play (other pro league—WBA)
1979-80 25 Did Not Play (other pro league—CBA)
1980-81 26 UTA NBA PF 28 313 26 60 .433 0 2 .000 26 58 .448 .433 53 81 .654 33 60 93 15 3 11 31 56 105
1981-82 27 CLE NBA PF 3 0 23 2 4 .500 0 0 2 4 .500 .500 1 6 .167 1 2 3 0 1 0 4 2 5
Career TOT 204 0 3725 481 1258 .382 0 4 .000 481 1254 .384 .382 440 722 .609 442 510 952 204 129 98 241 533 1402
NBA 129 0 1532 152 439 .346 0 2 .000 152 437 .348 .346 194 319 .608 193 233 426 107 52 51 65 267 498
ABA 75 2193 329 819 .402 0 2 .000 329 817 .403 .402 246 403 .610 249 277 526 97 77 47 176 266 904
2 seasons IND NBA 98 1196 124 375 .331 124 375 .331 .331 140 232 .603 159 171 330 92 48 40 30 209 388
1 season VIR ABA 75 2193 329 819 .402 0 2 .000 329 817 .403 .402 246 403 .610 249 277 526 97 77 47 176 266 904
1 season UTA NBA 28 313 26 60 .433 0 2 .000 26 58 .448 .433 53 81 .654 33 60 93 15 3 11 31 56 105
1 season CLE NBA 3 0 23 2 4 .500 0 0 2 4 .500 .500 1 6 .167 1 2 3 0 1 0 4 2 5

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1975-76 21 VIR ABA PF 75 29.2 4.4 10.9 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 4.4 10.9 .403 3.3 5.4 .610 3.3 3.7 7.0 1.3 1.0 0.6 2.3 3.5 12.1
1976-77 22 IND NBA PF 67 13.6 1.5 4.4 .344 1.5 4.4 .344 1.7 2.8 .599 1.6 1.9 3.5 1.0 0.6 0.5 2.3 4.7
1977-78 23 IND NBA PF 31 9.2 0.7 2.6 .284 0.7 2.6 .284 0.9 1.5 .622 1.6 1.4 3.0 0.7 0.4 0.2 1.0 1.7 2.4
1980-81 26 UTA NBA PF 28 11.2 0.9 2.1 .433 0.0 0.1 .000 0.9 2.1 .448 1.9 2.9 .654 1.2 2.1 3.3 0.5 0.1 0.4 1.1 2.0 3.8
1981-82 27 CLE NBA PF 3 0 7.7 0.7 1.3 .500 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.3 .500 0.3 2.0 .167 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 1.3 0.7 1.7
Career TOT 204 0 18.3 2.4 6.2 .382 0.0 0.0 .000 2.4 6.1 .384 2.2 3.5 .609 2.2 2.5 4.7 1.0 0.6 0.5 1.8 2.6 6.9
NBA 129 0 11.9 1.2 3.4 .346 0.0 0.1 .000 1.2 3.4 .348 1.5 2.5 .608 1.5 1.8 3.3 0.8 0.4 0.4 1.0 2.1 3.9
ABA 75 29.2 4.4 10.9 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 4.4 10.9 .403 3.3 5.4 .610 3.3 3.7 7.0 1.3 1.0 0.6 2.3 3.5 12.1
2 seasons IND NBA 98 12.2 1.3 3.8 .331 1.3 3.8 .331 1.4 2.4 .603 1.6 1.7 3.4 0.9 0.5 0.4 1.0 2.1 4.0
1 season VIR ABA 75 29.2 4.4 10.9 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 4.4 10.9 .403 3.3 5.4 .610 3.3 3.7 7.0 1.3 1.0 0.6 2.3 3.5 12.1
1 season UTA NBA 28 11.2 0.9 2.1 .433 0.0 0.1 .000 0.9 2.1 .448 1.9 2.9 .654 1.2 2.1 3.3 0.5 0.1 0.4 1.1 2.0 3.8
1 season CLE NBA 3 0 7.7 0.7 1.3 .500 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.3 .500 0.3 2.0 .167 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 1.3 0.7 1.7

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1975-76 21 VIR ABA PF 75 2193 5.4 13.4 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 5.4 13.4 .403 4.0 6.6 .610 4.1 4.5 8.6 1.6 1.3 0.8 2.9 4.4 14.8
1976-77 22 IND NBA PF 67 911 4.0 11.6 .344 4.0 11.6 .344 4.4 7.4 .599 4.3 5.0 9.4 2.8 1.5 1.3 6.1 12.4
1977-78 23 IND NBA PF 31 285 2.9 10.2 .284 2.9 10.2 .284 3.5 5.7 .622 6.2 5.6 11.7 2.8 1.4 0.9 3.8 6.8 9.3
1980-81 26 UTA NBA PF 28 313 3.0 6.9 .433 0.0 0.2 .000 3.0 6.7 .448 6.1 9.3 .654 3.8 6.9 10.7 1.7 0.3 1.3 3.6 6.4 12.1
1981-82 27 CLE NBA PF 3 0 23 3.1 6.3 .500 0.0 0.0 3.1 6.3 .500 1.6 9.4 .167 1.6 3.1 4.7 0.0 1.6 0.0 6.3 3.1 7.8
Career TOT 204 0 3725 4.6 12.2 .382 0.0 0.1 .000 4.6 12.1 .384 4.3 7.0 .609 4.3 4.9 9.2 2.0 1.2 0.9 3.1 5.2 13.5
NBA 129 0 1532 3.6 10.3 .346 0.0 0.2 .000 3.6 10.3 .348 4.6 7.5 .608 4.5 5.5 10.0 2.5 1.2 1.2 3.8 6.3 11.7
ABA 75 2193 5.4 13.4 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 5.4 13.4 .403 4.0 6.6 .610 4.1 4.5 8.6 1.6 1.3 0.8 2.9 4.4 14.8
2 seasons IND NBA 98 1196 3.7 11.3 .331 3.7 11.3 .331 4.2 7.0 .603 4.8 5.1 9.9 2.8 1.4 1.2 3.8 6.3 11.7
1 season VIR ABA 75 2193 5.4 13.4 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 5.4 13.4 .403 4.0 6.6 .610 4.1 4.5 8.6 1.6 1.3 0.8 2.9 4.4 14.8
1 season UTA NBA 28 313 3.0 6.9 .433 0.0 0.2 .000 3.0 6.7 .448 6.1 9.3 .654 3.8 6.9 10.7 1.7 0.3 1.3 3.6 6.4 12.1
1 season CLE NBA 3 0 23 3.1 6.3 .500 0.0 0.0 3.1 6.3 .500 1.6 9.4 .167 1.6 3.1 4.7 0.0 1.6 0.0 6.3 3.1 7.8

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS ORtg DRtg
1975-76 21 VIR ABA PF 75 2193 6.7 16.8 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 6.7 16.7 .403 5.0 8.3 .610 5.1 5.7 10.8 2.0 1.6 1.0 3.6 5.4 18.5 94 108
1976-77 22 IND NBA PF 67 911 5.0 14.5 .344 5.0 14.5 .344 5.5 9.2 .599 5.4 6.2 11.7 3.4 1.8 1.6 7.6 15.4 101
1977-78 23 IND NBA PF 31 285 3.6 12.6 .284 3.6 12.6 .284 4.4 7.0 .622 7.6 6.9 14.5 3.4 1.7 1.1 4.7 8.4 11.5 82 101
1980-81 26 UTA NBA PF 28 313 4.1 9.4 .433 0.0 0.3 .000 4.1 9.1 .448 8.3 12.7 .654 5.2 9.4 14.6 2.4 0.5 1.7 4.9 8.8 16.5 99 108
1981-82 27 CLE NBA PF 3 0 23 4.2 8.4 .500 0.0 0.0 4.2 8.4 .500 2.1 12.6 .167 2.1 4.2 6.3 0.0 2.1 0.0 8.4 4.2 10.5 48 112
Career TOT 204 0 3725 5.8 15.3 .382 0.0 0.1 .000 5.8 15.2 .384 5.3 8.8 .609 5.4 6.2 11.5 2.5 1.6 1.2 3.9 6.5 17.0 93 106
NBA 129 0 1532 4.5 13.1 .346 0.0 0.3 .000 4.5 13.0 .348 5.8 9.5 .608 5.7 6.9 12.7 3.2 1.5 1.5 4.9 7.9 14.8 89 102
ABA 75 2193 6.7 16.8 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 6.7 16.7 .403 5.0 8.3 .610 5.1 5.7 10.8 2.0 1.6 1.0 3.6 5.4 18.5 94 108
2 seasons IND NBA 98 1196 4.6 14.0 .331 4.6 14.0 .331 5.2 8.7 .603 5.9 6.4 12.3 3.4 1.8 1.5 4.7 7.8 14.5 82 101
1 season VIR ABA 75 2193 6.7 16.8 .402 0.0 0.0 .000 6.7 16.7 .403 5.0 8.3 .610 5.1 5.7 10.8 2.0 1.6 1.0 3.6 5.4 18.5 94 108
1 season UTA NBA 28 313 4.1 9.4 .433 0.0 0.3 .000 4.1 9.1 .448 8.3 12.7 .654 5.2 9.4 14.6 2.4 0.5 1.7 4.9 8.8 16.5 99 108
1 season CLE NBA 3 0 23 4.2 8.4 .500 0.0 0.0 4.2 8.4 .500 2.1 12.6 .167 2.1 4.2 6.3 0.0 2.1 0.0 8.4 4.2 10.5 48 112

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% OWS DWS WS WS/48 OBPM DBPM BPM VORP
1975-76 21 VIR ABA PF 75 2193 11.1 .454 .002 .492 10.8 13.2 12.0 6.3 1.6 1.1 15.0 20.1 -0.4 1.1 0.7 .015 -1.0 -1.6 -2.6 -0.3
1976-77 22 IND NBA PF 67 911 11.5 .417 .636 11.4 13.9 12.6 9.8 1.8 1.9 -0.7 0.8 0.1 .005 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.5
1977-78 23 IND NBA PF 31 285 7.6 .367 .556 16.3 15.4 15.9 9.6 1.7 1.3 22.9 17.2 -0.4 0.3 -0.1 -0.014 -3.2 0.3 -2.9 -0.1
1980-81 26 UTA NBA PF 28 313 10.7 .549 .033 1.350 12.2 21.7 17.0 6.3 0.5 2.0 24.5 17.4 0.1 0.2 0.3 .045 -3.3 -1.4 -4.6 -0.2
1981-82 27 CLE NBA PF 3 23 -2.7 .377 .000 1.500 4.6 10.5 7.4 0.0 2.1 0.0 37.6 19.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.270 -11.3 -2.5 -13.8 -0.1
Career TOT 204 3725 10.8 .445 .003 .574 11.5 14.2 12.8 7.4 1.6 1.4 16.7 19.5 -1.6 2.5 0.9 .011 -1.2 -1.1 -2.2 -0.2
NBA 129 1532 10.4 .430 .005 .727 12.4 15.7 14.1 8.9 1.5 1.8 24.2 17.4 -1.2 1.3 0.2 .005 -1.4 -0.3 -1.7 0.1
ABA 75 2193 11.1 .454 .002 .492 10.8 13.2 12.0 6.3 1.6 1.1 15.0 20.1 -0.4 1.1 0.7 .015 -1.0 -1.6 -2.6 -0.3
2 seasons IND NBA 98 1196 10.6 .407 .619 12.6 14.3 13.4 9.8 1.8 1.7 22.9 17.2 -1.1 1.1 0.0 .000 -0.7 0.0 -0.7 0.4
1 season VIR ABA 75 2193 11.1 .454 .002 .492 10.8 13.2 12.0 6.3 1.6 1.1 15.0 20.1 -0.4 1.1 0.7 .015 -1.0 -1.6 -2.6 -0.3
1 season UTA NBA 28 313 10.7 .549 .033 1.350 12.2 21.7 17.0 6.3 0.5 2.0 24.5 17.4 0.1 0.2 0.3 .045 -3.3 -1.4 -4.6 -0.2
1 season CLE NBA 3 23 -2.7 .377 .000 1.500 4.6 10.5 7.4 0.0 2.1 0.0 37.6 19.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.270 -11.3 -2.5 -13.8 -0.1

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 5 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5
Mel Bennett 0.7 0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Jamie Watson 74.5 0.8 0.3 0.1 0.0
Scott Roth 72.0 0.7 0.3 0.1
Donny Marshall 64.0 0.6 0.2 0.2 -0.1 -0.1
Michael Smith 60.8 0.7 0.3 0.3
Ansu Sesay 58.4 0.8 0.5 0.2 -0.1
Bob Peterson 53.9 0.9 0.4 0.2
Josh Davis 51.1 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0
David Thirdkill 50.5 1.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.1
Kenny Dennard 49.6 1.1 0.3 0.1
Joey Dorsey 49.2 0.8 0.1 0.0
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5
Mel Bennett 0.7 0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Jamie Watson 74.5 0.8 0.3 0.1 0.0
Scott Roth 72.0 0.7 0.3 0.1
Donny Marshall 64.0 0.6 0.2 0.2 -0.1 -0.1
Michael Smith 60.8 0.7 0.3 0.3
Ansu Sesay 58.4 0.8 0.5 0.2 -0.1
Bob Peterson 53.9 0.9 0.4 0.2
Josh Davis 51.1 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0
David Thirdkill 50.5 1.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.1
Kenny Dennard 49.6 1.1 0.3 0.1
Joey Dorsey 49.2 0.8 0.1 0.0

College

Light text indicates college freshman or JV participant
Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age College G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1974-75 20 PITT 29 109 264 75 110 295 293 .413 .682 10.1 10.2
Career 29 109 264 75 110 295 293 .413 .682 10.1 10.2

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Free Throw Attempts
1975-76 ABA 403 (7)

Offensive Rebounds
1975-76 ABA 249 (10)

Steals
Career ABA 77 (91)

Blocks
Career ABA 47 (63)

Offensive Rebound Pct
1975-76 ABA 10.8 (6)

Steal Pct
Career ABA 1.6 (75)

   

Transactions

June, 1976: Signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers.

November 2, 1976: Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Indiana Pacers for a 1980 1st round draft pick (Andrew Toney was later selected).

September 1, 1978: Traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Denver Nuggets for future considerations.

September 22, 1978: Waived by the Denver Nuggets.

September 12, 1979: Signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

October 8, 1979: Waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

September 10, 1980: Signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Kings.

October 22, 1980: Waived by the Kansas City Kings.

January 3, 1981: Signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz.

October 8, 1981: Waived by the Utah Jazz.

December 12, 1981: Signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

December 22, 1981: Waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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