Bob Houbregs
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Personal information
Born(1932-03-12)March 12, 1932
Vancouver, British Columbia
DiedMay 28, 2014(2014-05-28) (aged 82)
Olympia, Washington
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolQueen Anne
(Seattle, Washington)
CollegeWashington (1950–1953)
NBA draft1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Hawks
Playing career1953–1958
PositionPower forward / Centre
Number10, 14, 20, 8, 17
Career history
1953Milwaukee Hawks
19531954Baltimore Bullets
1954Boston Celtics
19541958Fort Wayne / Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points2,611 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds1,552 (5.5 rpg)
Assists500 (1.8 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Robert J. Houbregs (March 12, 1932 – May 28, 2014) was a Canadian professional basketball player. Houbregs was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987

Basketball career

A 6-foot 8-inch, 225-pound forward-centre, from Queen Anne High School in Seattle, Washington, Houbregs played for the University of Washington Huskies from 1949 to 1953 (his family moved to Seattle from Vancouver, British Columbia when he was a child[1]). In 1952, Houbregs was a Second Team Consensus All-America selection. In 1953, as a senior, he was named NCAA Player of the Year, was a Consensus All-America selection, helped lead the University of Washington to the Final Four, and was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 34.8 points per game in the post-season.

Houbregs was drafted by the NBA's Milwaukee Hawks with the second overall pick in 1953 and played five seasons (1953–1958) in the NBA with four teams: the Hawks, the Baltimore Bullets, the Boston Celtics, and the Fort Wayne (later Detroit) Pistons. Houbregs' career scoring average was 9.3 points per game.

Houbregs served as general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics from 1970 to 1973.[2]

Personal life

Houbregs' father John was a minor league ice hockey player who moved to Seattle in 1934/35 with his family in order to play for the Seattle Sea Hawks of the North West Hockey League.[3] Houbregs was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.[4]

Houbregs was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

In 2000, Houbregs was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the sport as a player.[5]

Houbergs died on May 28, 2014.[6][7]


  1. ^ Porter, David L. (January 21, 2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313309526 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Allen, Percy (May 28, 2014), "Bob Houbregs, Husky basketball icon, dies at 82", The Seattle Times
  3. ^ "Houbregs, Bob (1932-2014)".
  4. ^ "Basketball Hall of Fame Greeks". 2008-01-06. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11.
  5. ^ "Houbregs named to Canadian Basketball Hall". CBC News. 2000-11-10.
  6. ^ "Former Washington Huskies star Bob Houbregs dies at 82".
  7. ^ "Hall of Famer, ex-No. 2 overall pick Houbregs dies at 82". May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.