The following is a list of the most famous NBA players and people who died in 2013. The list includes a number of Basketball Hall of Fame players and members, plus other notable players and people who accomplished some amazing things in the NBA.
Most famous NBA players and people who died in 2013
- Bill Sharman (87 years of age)
Bill Sharman, who is in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach, died on October 25, 2013, at age 87 after suffering a stroke the week before. Sharman averaged 17.8 points per game in the NBA, and won four championships with the Boston Celtics as a player.
Bill Sharman had a record of 466-353 (.569) as a coach in the NBA. He won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976 as a player, and in 2004 as a coach.
- Ray Williams (58)
Ray Williams, who averaged 15.5 points per game as a shooting guard in the NBA, died on March 22, 2013, at age 58 from colon cancer. Ray Williams played for both the New York Knicks and the Nets in his career, and held the Nets single-game scoring record at 52 points for many years. For more famous sports people from New York who died in 2013 see here.
- Walt Bellamy (74)
Basketball Hall of Fame player Walt Bellamy, who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per game in the NBA, died on November 2, 2013, at age 74.
- Vern Mikkelsen (85)
Basketball Hall of Fame player Vern Mikkelsen, who won four NBA championships and was a six time all-star, died on November 21, 2013, at age 85. Vern Mikkelsen was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
- Jerry Buss (80)
Longtime Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss died on February 18, 2013, at age 80 from kidney failure due to cancer. The Lakers won 10 NBA championships with Jerry Buss as owner of the team from 1979 to his death.
- Dean Meminger (65)
Dean "The Dream" Meminger, who won a NBA championship in 1973 with the Knicks, died on August 23, 2013, from a possible drug overdose at age 65.
- Ossie Schectman (94)
Ossie Schectman, the player who scored the first basket in NBA (BAA) history in 1946 for the New York Knicks, died on July 30, 2013, at age 94. Schectman only played one season in the league, and he averaged 8.1 points per game.
- Joe C. Meriweather (59)
Center Joe C. Meriweather, who averaged 8.1 points per game in his 10 year NBA career, died on October 13, 2013, at age 59.
- Don Monk Meineke (82)
Don Monk Meineke, the first Rookie of the Year in NBA history in 1953, died on September 3, 2013, at age 82. Meineke averaged 10.7 points per game in his rookie season, but never matched that total again in his five year NBA career.
- Flynn Robinson (72)
Flynn Robinson, who won a NBA championship in 1972 with the Lakers and played in the NBA for eight years averaging 14.0 points per game, died on May 23, 2013, at age 72 from multiple myeloma.
- Roy Rubin (87)
Roy Rubin, who infamously coached the 1973 Philadelphia 76ers to a 4-47 record before being fired, died on August 5, 2013, at age 87 from cancer. The 76ers went 9-73 in 1973, which is the worst record for a season in NBA history.
- Marty Blake (86)
Longtime NBA Director of Scouting, Marty Blake, who helped discover players like Karl Malone, Dennis Rodman, and Scottie Pippen, died on April 7, 2013, at age 86.