NBRPA Chairman Otis Birdsong to be inducted into SWC HOF

October 14, 2014

The NBRPA, the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, is proud to announce that its Board Chairman – former NBA All-Star Otis Birdsong – will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame on Oct. 20.

With a jumper that looked as sweet as his last name sounds, Birdsong was a bonafide college basketball star in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was Player of the Decade for the Southwest Conference as a star at the University of Houston from 1973-77 and made the NBA All-Star team four times as a member of the Kansas City Kings and New Jersey Nets.

“Congratulations to NBRPA Board Chairman Otis Birdsong for his well-deserved induction into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “As a sharp-shooter at the University of Houston, Otis helped turn the Cougars into one of the nation’s true power programs. He continued to make a mark on the game of basketball as a four-time NBA All-Star and still impacts the game today as our chairman.”

As a freshman at UH in 1973-74, Birdsong gave only a preview of what was to come when he averaged 14.3 points per game. The next season he exploded onto the college basketball scene and ranked 15th nationally with 24.6 points per game in 1974-75, shooting a remarkable 58.3 percent from the field. He also became the first sophomore in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. As a junior, Birdsong led the SWC in scoring and ranked eighth nationally at 26.1 points per game. In 1976-77, Birdsong was honored as the SWC Player of the Year after averaging 30.3 points per game to stand fourth nationally. He was the only player in SWC history to average more than 30 points per game.

Following his Houston days, Birdsong continued to excel at the professional level. He was the second player taken in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings and finished his 12-year NBA career with Kansas City, New Jersey and Boston with more than 12,500 points. After retiring from the game, Birdsong served as president and general manager of the Little Rock Rim Rockers, which won the 2005 ABA championship.

The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Birdsong will join the other inductees in a ceremony and luncheon at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 20. The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the Texas Sports Hall of Fame's physical structure. They include the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and now, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

The other 2014 SWC Hall of Fame inductees are as follows: Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Walter Abercrombie (Baylor), Harold Solomon (Rice), George McMillion (SMU), Jill Sterkel (Texas), Mark Johnson (Texas A&M), James Cash (TCU) and Andre Tillman (Texas Tech).