Alexander English (born January 5, 1954) is a retired American basketball player. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he played college basketball at the University of South Carolina. English played 16 seasons in the NBA for four different teams.
English averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his NBA career and was named to eight NBA All-Star teams. His #2 jersey was retired by the Denver Nuggets and he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.
Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd round with the 23rd pick. Alex’s time in Milwaukee was spent as a back-up on a rebuilding team that lost Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. However, it was not until he left as a free agent in 1978 for the Indiana Pacers, that he began his reputation as a scorer, averaging 16 points on another sub-par team before being traded to Denver in mid way through the 1979–80 season for George McGinnis a former Pacers star from their ABA days and it turned out to be one of the most one-sided trades in NBA history; McGinnis was only a shadow of his former self, and was out of the league by 1982.
English’s NBA career ended when, with a short stint for he departed as a free agent in 1990, the Dallas Mavericks, where he once again played back-up, averaging almost 10 points a game. No other team signed him for the next season, and after a stint in Italy, English retired. The Nuggets retired his number in 1992. English retired as the Nuggets all-time leading scorer having notched 21,654 points and his career average of 25.9 ppg, these skills allowed him to place 17th on the NBA all-time scoring list as of 2015 with 25,613 points. He was the first player ever to string together eight straight 2,000-point seasons. He has the distinction of being the top scorer in the 1980s.
Career highlights and awards
8× NBA All-Star (1982–1989)
3× All-NBA Second Team (1982–1983, 1986)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1988)
NBA scoring champion (1983)
Denver Nuggets all-time leading scorer
No. 2 retired by Denver Nuggets
No. 22 retired by the University of South Carolina