Robert Allen “Bob” McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was a five-time NBA All-Star and named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 1975. He won two NBA championships in the 1980s as a reserve on the Los Angeles Lakers.
McAdoo sought and won early eligibility in the 1972 NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round (second overall) by the Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers). McAdoo quickly became one of the NBA’s premier players. He won the 1973 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He earned the first of three consecutive NBA scoring titles in only his second season.
His second season (1973–74) remains the last time an NBA player has averaged both 30.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game. McAdoo also led the NBA in field goal percentage in 1973–74, shooting 54.7 percent. That year he enjoyed his first of five All-Star selections.
In 1974–75, he was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, averaging 34.5 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.12 blocks per game, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. He also led the league in fan voting for the 1975 All-Star Game with 98,325 votes. When Anthony Davis had a 59-point/20-rebound game 19 days before his 23rd birthday, McAdoo was the only person to have had a 50-point/20-rebound game at a younger age.
McAdoo played at the center and power forward positions. In his 21-year playing career, he spent 14 years in the NBA and his final seven in the Lega Basket Serie A in Italy. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. McAdoo is one the few players who have won both NBA and Euroleague titles as a player. He later won three more NBA titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013 as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat.
In 2010 he took part in the Basketball Without Borders program in Singapore, which uses sport to create a positive social change in areas of education, health and wellness. He also participated in the program in Beijing in 2009 and the NBA Legends Tour to South Africa in 1993, a goodwill mission to promote the NBA. McAdoo was also the basketball technical advisor for the 1993 feature film, “The Air Up There”, starring Kevin Bacon.
McAdoo’s second cousin, Ronnie McAdoo, is the father of James Michael McAdoo, who was one of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2011, played for the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team, and went undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft. On January 19, 2015 James agreed to a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. James currently plays with the Golden State Warriors, having earned a championship ring in the 2014-2015 season.
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA champion (1982, 1985)
NBA Most Valuable Player (1975)
5× NBA All-Star (1974–1978)
All-NBA First Team (1975)
All-NBA Second Team (1974)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1973)
3× NBA scoring champion (1974–1976)
2x Euroleague (1987, 1988)
Euroleague Final Four MVP (1988)
50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors
Consensus first-team All-American (1972)
First-team NJCAA All-American (1971)
As assistant coach:
3× NBA champion (2006, 2012–2013)