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Mel Peterson

Melvin Lowell Peterson

Position: Small Forward and Shooting Guard ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-4 ▪ Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: March 23, 1938 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
High School: Stephenson in Stephenson, Michigan
College: Wheaton College
Draft: Detroit Pistons, 11th round (4th pick, 78th overall), 1960 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 23, 1963 ▪ ABA Debut: October 13, 1967

Totals

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
1963-64 25 BAL NBA 2 3 1 1 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 0 1 0 2 2
1964-65 26 Did Not Play
1965-66 27 Did Not Play
1966-67 28 Did Not Play
1967-68 29 OAK ABA SF 77 1589 323 756 .427 9 34 .265 314 722 .435 76 93 .817 451 104 114 161 731
1968-69 30 OAK ABA SG 51 709 132 263 .502 0 2 .000 132 261 .506 12 15 .800 62 108 170 55 43 61 276
1969-70 31 LAS ABA 4 53 10 35 .286 0 4 .000 10 31 .323 3 3 1.000 5 8 13 1 4 4 23
Career TOT 134 2354 466 1055 .442 9 40 .225 457 1015 .450 91 111 .820 67 116 635 160 161 228 1032
ABA 132 2351 465 1054 .441 9 40 .225 456 1014 .450 91 111 .820 67 116 634 160 161 226 1030
NBA 2 3 1 1 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 0 1 0 2 2
2 seasons OAK ABA 128 2298 455 1019 .447 9 36 .250 446 983 .454 88 108 .815 62 108 621 159 157 222 1007
1 season LAS ABA 4 53 10 35 .286 0 4 .000 10 31 .323 3 3 1.000 5 8 13 1 4 4 23
1 season BAL NBA 2 3 1 1 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 0 1 0 2 2

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
1963-64 25 BAL NBA 2 1.5 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.0
1967-68 29 OAK ABA SF 77 20.6 4.2 9.8 .427 0.1 0.4 .265 4.1 9.4 .435 1.0 1.2 .817 5.9 1.4 1.5 2.1 9.5
1968-69 30 OAK ABA SG 51 13.9 2.6 5.2 .502 0.0 0.0 .000 2.6 5.1 .506 0.2 0.3 .800 1.2 2.1 3.3 1.1 0.8 1.2 5.4
1969-70 31 LAS ABA 4 13.3 2.5 8.8 .286 0.0 1.0 .000 2.5 7.8 .323 0.8 0.8 1.000 1.3 2.0 3.3 0.3 1.0 1.0 5.8
Career TOT 134 17.6 3.5 7.9 .442 0.1 0.3 .225 3.4 7.6 .450 0.7 0.8 .820 1.2 2.1 4.7 1.2 1.2 1.7 7.7
ABA 132 17.8 3.5 8.0 .441 0.1 0.3 .225 3.5 7.7 .450 0.7 0.8 .820 1.2 2.1 4.8 1.2 1.2 1.7 7.8
NBA 2 1.5 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.0
2 seasons OAK ABA 128 18.0 3.6 8.0 .447 0.1 0.3 .250 3.5 7.7 .454 0.7 0.8 .815 1.2 2.1 4.9 1.2 1.2 1.7 7.9
1 season LAS ABA 4 13.3 2.5 8.8 .286 0.0 1.0 .000 2.5 7.8 .323 0.8 0.8 1.000 1.3 2.0 3.3 0.3 1.0 1.0 5.8
1 season BAL NBA 2 1.5 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.0

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
1963-64 25 BAL NBA 2 3 12.0 12.0 1.000 12.0 12.0 1.000 0.0 0.0 12.0 0.0 24.0 24.0
1967-68 29 OAK ABA SF 77 1589 7.3 17.1 .427 0.2 0.8 .265 7.1 16.4 .435 1.7 2.1 .817 10.2 2.4 2.6 3.6 16.6
1968-69 30 OAK ABA SG 51 709 6.7 13.4 .502 0.0 0.1 .000 6.7 13.3 .506 0.6 0.8 .800 3.1 5.5 8.6 2.8 2.2 3.1 14.0
1969-70 31 LAS ABA 4 53 6.8 23.8 .286 0.0 2.7 .000 6.8 21.1 .323 2.0 2.0 1.000 3.4 5.4 8.8 0.7 2.7 2.7 15.6
Career TOT 134 2354 7.1 16.1 .442 0.1 0.6 .225 7.0 15.5 .450 1.4 1.7 .820 3.2 5.5 9.7 2.4 2.5 3.5 15.8
ABA 132 2351 7.1 16.1 .441 0.1 0.6 .225 7.0 15.5 .450 1.4 1.7 .820 3.2 5.5 9.7 2.5 2.5 3.5 15.8
NBA 2 3 12.0 12.0 1.000 12.0 12.0 1.000 0.0 0.0 12.0 0.0 24.0 24.0
2 seasons OAK ABA 128 2298 7.1 16.0 .447 0.1 0.6 .250 7.0 15.4 .454 1.4 1.7 .815 3.1 5.5 9.7 2.5 2.5 3.5 15.8
1 season LAS ABA 4 53 6.8 23.8 .286 0.0 2.7 .000 6.8 21.1 .323 2.0 2.0 1.000 3.4 5.4 8.8 0.7 2.7 2.7 15.6
1 season BAL NBA 2 3 12.0 12.0 1.000 12.0 12.0 1.000 0.0 0.0 12.0 0.0 24.0 24.0

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1963-64 25 BAL NBA 2 3 20.8 1.000 1.000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .514
1967-68 29 OAK ABA SF 77 1589 15.1 .459 .433 .123 .045 12.3 10.1 12.5 20.8 0.6 0.4 1.0 .031
1968-69 30 OAK ABA SG 51 709 13.8 .512 .502 .057 .008 10.6 10.0 13.8 15.1 0.7 0.7 1.3 .088
1969-70 31 LAS ABA 4 53 4.4 .317 .286 .086 .114 10.8 2.7 9.9 28.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.223
Career TOT 134 2354 14.5 .467 .446 .105 .038 11.8 9.9 12.7 19.3 1.0 1.1 2.1 .043
ABA 132 2351 14.5 .467 .445 .105 .038 11.8 9.9 12.7 19.3 1.0 1.1 2.1 .043
NBA 2 3 20.8 1.000 1.000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .514
2 seasons OAK ABA 128 2298 14.7 .472 .451 .106 .035 11.8 10.0 12.8 19.0 1.3 1.1 2.3 .049
1 season LAS ABA 4 53 4.4 .317 .286 .086 .114 10.8 2.7 9.9 28.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.223
1 season BAL NBA 2 3 20.8 1.000 1.000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .514

Playoffs Totals

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
1968-69 ❍ 30 OAK ABA SG 14 98 18 30 .600 1 2 .500 17 28 .607 7 12 .583 28 4 6 11 44
1969-70 31 LAS ABA 4 22 3 6 .500 0 0 3 6 .500 1 2 .500 6 2 0 2 7
Career ABA 18 120 21 36 .583 1 2 .500 20 34 .588 8 14 .571 34 6 6 13 51
1 season OAK ABA 14 98 18 30 .600 1 2 .500 17 28 .607 7 12 .583 28 4 6 11 44
1 season LAS ABA 4 22 3 6 .500 0 0 3 6 .500 1 2 .500 6 2 0 2 7

Playoffs 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
1968-69 ❍ 30 OAK ABA SG 14 7.0 1.3 2.1 .600 0.1 0.1 .500 1.2 2.0 .607 0.5 0.9 .583 2.0 0.3 0.4 0.8 3.1
1969-70 31 LAS ABA 4 5.5 0.8 1.5 .500 0.0 0.0 0.8 1.5 .500 0.3 0.5 .500 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.8
Career ABA 18 6.7 1.2 2.0 .583 0.1 0.1 .500 1.1 1.9 .588 0.4 0.8 .571 1.9 0.3 0.3 0.7 2.8
1 season OAK ABA 14 7.0 1.3 2.1 .600 0.1 0.1 .500 1.2 2.0 .607 0.5 0.9 .583 2.0 0.3 0.4 0.8 3.1
1 season LAS ABA 4 5.5 0.8 1.5 .500 0.0 0.0 0.8 1.5 .500 0.3 0.5 .500 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.8

Playoffs 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
1968-69 ❍ 30 OAK ABA SG 14 98 6.6 11.0 .600 0.4 0.7 .500 6.2 10.3 .607 2.6 4.4 .583 10.3 1.5 2.2 4.0 16.2
1969-70 31 LAS ABA 4 22 4.9 9.8 .500 0.0 0.0 4.9 9.8 .500 1.6 3.3 .500 9.8 3.3 0.0 3.3 11.5
Career ABA 18 120 6.3 10.8 .583 0.3 0.6 .500 6.0 10.2 .588 2.4 4.2 .571 10.2 1.8 1.8 3.9 15.3
1 season OAK ABA 14 98 6.6 11.0 .600 0.4 0.7 .500 6.2 10.3 .607 2.6 4.4 .583 10.3 1.5 2.2 4.0 16.2
1 season LAS ABA 4 22 4.9 9.8 .500 0.0 0.0 4.9 9.8 .500 1.6 3.3 .500 9.8 3.3 0.0 3.3 11.5

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1968-69 ❍ 30 OAK ABA SG 14 98 17.6 .624 .617 .400 .067 11.9 5.4 14.5 14.3 0.3 0.1 0.4 .211
1969-70 31 LAS ABA 4 22 14.6 .509 .500 .333 .000 11.3 11.2 0.0 11.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 .083
Career ABA 18 120 17.1 .605 .597 .389 .056 11.8 6.5 12.5 13.7 0.3 0.2 0.5 .188
1 season OAK ABA 14 98 17.6 .624 .617 .400 .067 11.9 5.4 14.5 14.3 0.3 0.1 0.4 .211
1 season LAS ABA 4 22 14.6 .509 .500 .333 .000 11.3 11.2 0.0 11.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 .083

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 4 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4
Mel Peterson 1.3 1.0 0.0 -0.2
Kevin Ollie 80.0 1.4 0.9 0.0 -0.1
Byron Irvin 79.1 1.2 0.9 0.0
Doug Christie 75.8 1.4 1.4 0.1 -0.3
Nick Jones 74.2 1.3 0.7 0.2 -0.2
Steve Henson 73.8 1.2 1.1 0.2 0.0
Bernie Williams 73.4 1.1 0.8 0.1 -0.3
Richie Frahm 72.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 -0.2
Ollie Mack 69.2 1.6 1.0 -0.1
Slick Leonard 67.9 1.5 1.3 0.4 -0.1
Jerry Rullo 66.4 1.5 0.6 0.0 -0.1
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4
Mel Peterson 1.3 1.0 0.0 -0.2
Byron Irvin 79.1 1.2 0.9 0.0
Richie Frahm 72.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 -0.2
Ollie Mack 69.2 1.6 1.0 -0.1
Jerry Rullo 66.4 1.5 0.6 0.0 -0.1
Bobby Washington 64.6 1.5 0.7 0.0
Salim Stoudamire 64.0 1.2 0.8 0.3
MarShon Brooks 64.0 1.3 0.8 0.4
Norris Cole 62.7 1.2 0.6 0.0
Jordan Hamilton 62.5 1.6 0.8 0.3
Vonteego Cummings 61.8 1.3 0.6 0.2

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Championships
(Minimum 1 playoff game)
1969 Oakland Oaks (ABA)

Transactions

April 11, 1960: Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 10th round (72nd pick) of the 1960 NBA Draft.

August 15, 1963: Signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Bullets.

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