Mel Daniels Heads to Hall of Fame, Dominated Post for Indiana Pacers in ABA (Video)


When Mel Daniels is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, he will be joined by a few familiar faces.

Daniels, a two-time ABA Most Valuable Player and three-time ABA champion, will not only be one of two Indiana Pacers greats to head into the hall, but will also join a fellow Detroit Pershing High School alum in the class of 2012. Reggie Miller, who played 18 seasons with the Pacers, and Ralph Sampson, who went on to have an all-American tenure at Virginia and a successful career with the Houston Rockets, will be immortalized alongside the baby-faced Daniels.

A 6-foot-9, 220-pound center, Daniels averaged 18.4 points and 14.9 rebounds over his eight-year ABA career. He participated in seven ABA All-Star games and was named ABA Rookie of the Year in 1967-68, winning the league MVP award the following season. In 1970, Daniels led the Pacers to the first of three ABA titles before adding another league MVP plus an All-Star MVP trophy to his mantel in 1971.

Check out highlights from Daniels' career in the video below.

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