The NBRPA Mourns the Loss of Hot Rod Hundley

March 30, 2015

The NBRPA extends its condolences to the family, friends, and former teammates of Hot Rod Hundley, who passed away at the age of 80.

As the only West Virginia Moutaineer to ever be selected #1 overall in the NBA Draft, Hundley scored more than 2,000 points in just three seasons of collegiate basketball. He holds eight school records, including most points in a single game (54 points vs. Furman). He led West Virginia to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1955 and was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1957.

He was drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Royals in the 1957 NBA Draft, but his rights were immediately traded to the Minneapolis Lakers. Hundley spent his entire career with the Lakers organization, including a move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960.

Hundley started his broadcasting career in 1974 with the expansion New Orleans Jazz. He was both the television and radio voice of the Jazz, in both New Orleans and when the franchise moved to Salt Lake City, until 2006. Hundley then served as only the radio voice of the Jazz from 2006-2009.