Tim Bassett

Tim Bassett

Tim Bassett was the No. 2 pick in the 1973 ABA draft and spent his first season as a professional basketball player with the San Diego Conquistadors under the guidance of coach Wilt Chamberlain. That season he earned All-Rookie honors and set a record for offensive rebounds in a game with 18. In 1974, Tim was traded to the New York Nets, where he played alongside “Dr. J” Julius Erving and was captain of the two-time ABA World Championship team. He stayed with the Nets through their change to the NBA in 1976 and then through their move to become the New Jersey Nets in 1997.

In 1980, Tim played a season for the San Antonio Spurs. The next season he traveled to Europe to play for Italian League champions Cagiva Varese until 1983. Before playing professionally, Tim played basketball for the College of Southern Idaho from 1969 to 1971, and then the University of Georgia from 1971 to 1973. Southern Idaho retired his number in 2003. Currently Tim is the General Manager of a trendy New York Speakeasy called The Backroom.

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