1956-1963 New York Knicks, 1964-1970 St Louis/Atlanta Hawks
Richard Vincent Guerin. . .Played Four Years at Iona University. . . Led the Knicks in assists five straight seasons. . . Held the single game records for scoring (57) and assists (21) 1951. . .Guerin was a six NBA All-Star. . .Guerin was named the NBA Coach of the Year 1968...Born May 29, 1932, in New York, NY...
Richard Vincent Guerin was born May 29, 1932 in New York, NY. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1947 to 1954. Guerin also attended Iona University from 1950 to 1954, and upon graduation was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He served on active duty with the T&T Regt, MCS, Quantico, VA until his discharge as a First Lieutenant in June 1956. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Organized MCR Medal.
The Knicks drafted Guerin in 1954 while still on active duty. He began his professional basketball career in 1956. The 6'4" Guerin was a machine-like scorer, gifted passer, smart playmaker, and was known as one of the best rebounding and driving guards of his era. In his seven seasons with the Knicks, he led in assists for five consecutive years and led in scoring for three years. The explosive Guerin also set the Knicks single-game records for scoring (57) and assists (21).
A fan and media favorite, Guerin played in six NBA All-Star games. Traded to the St Louis Hawks midway through the 1963-64 season, Guerin spent the next 8 years with the Hawks in a dual role as player and coach. Guerin played alongside other such great players as Bob Pettit, Lou Hudson, Lenny Wilkens, and Cliff Hagan. He was ultimately named head coach of the Hawks and led them to nine consecutive playoff appearances. He was named NBA Coach of the Year for 1967-68.