Howard Komives

Basketball Player
Born May 9, 1941

Howard K. "Butch" Komives (May 9, 1941 – March 22, 2009) was an American professional basketball player who spent ten seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the New York Knickerbockers, Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves and Kansas City-Omaha Kings. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he graduated from Woodward High School (Toledo) in 1960.… Read More

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1941 Birth Born on May 9, 1941.


1960 19 Years Old Born in Toledo, Ohio, he graduated from Woodward High School (Toledo) in 1960.


1962 21 Years Old Komives played college basketball at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), where he led the team in scoring in each of his three varsity seasons. As a starting shooting guard, he teamed with Nate Thurmond, the school's all-time leading rebounder, to lead the Falcons to back-to-back Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships and NCAA tournament appearances in 1962 and 1963.
1963 22 Years Old Despite Thurmond's graduation and the team's fall to third place in the conference, Komives led the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in scoring during the 1963–64 season with 36.7 points per game, still BGSU and MAC records. … Read More
1964 23 Years Old Komives was selected thirteenth overall in the second round by the New York Knicks in the 1964 NBA Draft.
1965 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1965, after starting in every regular-season match and averaging 12.2 points per game.
1967 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The most productive campaign of his professional career was in 1967, when his averages per contest were 15.7 points and 6.2 assists.
1968 27 Years Old With the emergence of Walt Frazier as the starting point guard, Komives was traded along with Walt Bellamy to the Pistons for Dave DeBusschere on December 19, 1968.
1970 29 Years Old This was what Komives is most remembered for, but only because DeBusschere was the last major addition to the Knicks before it won its first NBA Championship in 1970.


2007 66 Years Old In 2007, Komives was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.
2009 68 Years Old Komives died at University of Toledo Medical Center on March 22, 2009 at age 67. … Read More
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