Armen Gilliam | 
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Career Highlights
  • Became the 125th player all-time and 29th active player to play in 900 games on 2/25/00 against the Orlando Magic
  • Scored his 12,000th career point, totaling 27 points and 5 rebounds, against the New Jersey Nets on 4/11/98
  • Rgistered his 6,000th career rebound, 1,000th career assist and 600th career steal during the 1997-98 season
  • Recorded a 1997-98 season-high 29 points and 6 rebounds against the Houston Rockets on 3/24/98
  • Grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds, for the Bucks, against the Phoenix Suns 11/12/96
  • Established career-highs in 1995-96 with 18.3 ppg and 9.1 rpg and posted 40 double-doubles
  • Named Met Life Net of the in 1994-95 after averaging 14.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg and shooting .503 from the field
  • Has appeared in 34 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 8.9 ppg and 4.6 rpg
  • Named to the 1987-88 NBA All-Rookie Team after posting 14.8 ppg and 7.9 rpg for the Suns

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A well-traveled forward who has seen duty as both a starter and a sixth man, Armen "Hammer" Gilliam has been a productive member of the front line of several NBA teams, most recently the Milwaukee Bucks, whom he joined as a free agent in the summer of 1996. After three seasons with the Bucks, he was traded to the Orlando Magic, his sixth NBA team, prior to the 1999-2000 season. A native of Pittsburgh, Gilliam spent one year at Independence Junior College in Kansas before transferring to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. During his senior year at UNLV he averaged 23.2 points and 9.3 rebounds and led the Runnin' Rebels to the NCAA Final Four. After the Phoenix Suns selected him with the second overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, Gilliam established himself quickly, earning a berth on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Gilliam spent 2.5 seasons with the Suns before a trade sent him to the Charlotte Hornets midway through the 1989-90 campaign. In January of the following year the Hornets shipped him to Philadelphia, where he joined Charles Barkley on the Sixers' front line. Gilliam finished his first five NBA seasons with career averages of 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Prior to the 1992-93 season, Barkley departed but rookie Clarence Weatherspoon arrived, bumping Gilliam from the starting lineup. After posting career lows in scoring and rebounding, Gilliam left the Sixers in the offseason and signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets. Serving as the Nets' sixth man in 1993-94, he finished fourth on the club in both scoring and rebounding. In 1994-95, with injuries to Derrick Coleman opening up more playing time for Gilliam, he contributed 14.8 points per game, his best output since 1991-92. With the trade of Coleman to Philadelphia, Gilliam had an outstanding season in 1995-96, leading the team with a career-high 18.3 ppg. When he became a free agent at season's end, he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.. With Vin Baker and Glenn Robinson logging most of the time at forward, Gilliam's minutes were reduced significantly in 1996-97, and although he did start 25 games when center Andrew Lang was injured, his scoring dipped to 8.6 ppg, the first time in his career he was below double digits. In 1997-98 he boosted that back up to 11.2 ppg, but in 1998-99 he dropped to 8.3 ppg in 34 appearances. On August 19, 1999 he was traded along with Chris Gatling to Orlando in exchange for Danny Manning and Dale Ellis.

Posted 14 points and 7 rebounds in a 105-85 win over Phoenix on 4/6 Totaled 19 points and 9 rebounds in a 107-94 win in Detroit on 3/1 Logged 15 points and 5 rebounds in an 85-75 loss in Portland on 1/27 Notched 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 112-75 win over the L.A. Clippers on 1/15 Posted 10 points and 7 rebounds in a 93-83 win over Miami on 1/13 Signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz on 1/7 Waived by the Orlando Magic on 11/15

Totaled 14 points and a game-high 9 rebounds in a 99-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors on 5/4 Posted 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in an 88-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on 5/1 Scored 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-3 FT) and grabbed 5 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on 4/18 Registered 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-4 FT) and 5 rebounds against the Philadelphia 76ers on 4/6 Recorded 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 FT) and 8 rebounds in a 91-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls on 2/17

Recorded 18 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds against the Minnesota Timberwolves on 4/18 Posted 22 points and 4 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons on 4/17 Scored a team-high 27 points against the New Jersey Nets on 4/11 Registered 18 points, a team-high 9 rebounds and 5 assists in a 106-100 win over the Denver Nuggets on 4/1 Totaled a season-high 29 points and 6 rebounds in a 118-108 victory over the Houston Rockets on 3/24 Recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks on 3/19 Posted 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists against the Houston Rockets on 3/17 Registered 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 94-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors on 2/20 Scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds against the Miami Heat on 2/5 Totaled 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a 101-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors on 1/14 Recorded 21 points (9-13 FG) and 10 rebounds in a 95-90 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers on 1/10 Scored 18 points (8-12 FG) and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on 1/2 Posted 19 points and 7 rebounds against the New Jersey Nets on 12/27 Registered a team-high 23 points (8-13 FG) and 5 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors on 12/19 Totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in a 97-91 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on 12/7 Recorded team-highs of 18 points (7-11 FG) and 13 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on 12/5 Posted 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals in a 103-82 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies on 11/26

While Vin Baker and Glenn Robinson got most of the playing time at forward for Milwaukee, Gilliam provided valuable frontcourt depth for the Bucks, playing the pivot as well as the corner. His versatility came in handy when starting center Andrew Lang was twice sidelined, for 10 days during November and for five weeks later in the season, because of right Achilles tendinitis. Gilliam appeared in 80 games for Milwaukee, making 25 starts. He played about one-third fewer minutes than the previous season and his averages dipped to 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25.6 minutes, ranking third on the team in rebounding and sixth in scoring. It marked the first time in his 10-year career that his scoring average has failed to reach double figures. He shot .471 from the field and .765 from the foul line. Gilliam scored 10+ points 30 times and 20+ five times, including a season-high 27 points in a 100-97 win over Dallas on Nov. 19. He hauled down a career-high 22 rebounds in a 99-89 overtime victory over Phoenix on Nov. 12, the most by a Bucks player since Terry Cummings had 22 at Indiana on Feb. 3, 1989. Those big games helped him post averages of 13.2 points and 10.7 rebounds for the month of November.

While the Nets suffered through their second consecutive 30-win season and underwent a major roster overhaul during the first half of the campaign, one bright spot was the play of Gilliam. Stepping in as the team's frontcourt leader following the trading of Derrick Coleman, the veteran forward had the most productive season of his nine-year pro career, leading the Nets by scoring a career-high 18.3 points per game and ranking second on the team (behind Jayson Williams' 10.0) with a career-high 9.1 rebounds per game. Gilliam played in 78 games, making 76 starts, and his 2,856 minutes played (36.6 mpg) were tops on the Nets, providing a valuable constant on a team in flux. He scored in double figures in 71 of his 78 games, including a season-high 32 points at Washington on Jan. 19. He also teamed with Williams and Shawn Bradley for an effective rebounding trio, grabbing a season-high 18 boards at Portland on Nov. 24 and posting 40 point-rebound double-doubles for the season. Gilliam had probably the best week of his career in the period ending Feb. 12, when he averaged 28 points and just under 10 rebounds per game as the Nets posted two wins over Indiana and one over New York. Gilliam was selected as the NBA's Player of the Week for his performance, the first Net to be so honored since 1994. The veteran forward also passed two major milestones in 1995-96. On Feb. 21 he reached 10,000 points in a game at Milwaukee, and on March 16 he grabbed his 5,000th rebound in a game against Chicago. As a free agent, Gilliam signed with the Bucks over the summer.

The 1994-95 season was a disappointment for New Jersey Nets fans, who watched their injury-plagued ballclub miss the playoffs for the first time in four years. But if there was one player who could be counted on to show up every night and play hard, it was Gilliam. The only Net to appear in all 82 games, Gilliam turned in his one of his best seasons ever. Although he was the Nets' sixth man when the season began, frequent injuries to forward Derrick Coleman led to 30 starts for Gilliam. The Nets' third-leading scorer (14.8 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (7.5 rpg), he led the team in scoring in 19 games. With Coleman out of action in the final month of the season, Gilliam topped 20 points in each of the Nets' games in April. During the season's final 10 contests he averaged 26.0 points per game. Gilliam, who hasn't missed a contest in two seasons with the Nets, ended the year with a string of 231 consecutive games to rank in the top 10 among active players for consecutive games played. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player in a vote by Nets fans.

After signing as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets prior to the 1993-94 season, Gilliam became a key reserve for Coach Chuck Daly. Although he came off the bench in all but 5 of his 82 appearances, Gilliam saw major minutes at all three frontcourt positions and contributed 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He ranked fourth on the team in each category and first among all New Jersey reserves. Gilliam also shot .510 from the floor and .759 from the free-throw line. He had his best outing against the Phoenix Suns on December 3, dropping in 27 points. The Nets finished at 47-35 and advanced to meet the New York Knicks in a first-round playoff series. Gilliam came off the bench in all four postseason games, averaging 10.5 points and 6.2 rebounds.

Gilliam appeared in 80 games for Philadelphia but saw his playing time reduced to only 21.8 minutes per game. The Sixers had selected Clarence Weatherspoon in the 1992 NBA Draft, and they had acquired Tim Perry as part of a trade that sent Charles Barkley to the Phoenix Suns. Gilliam had to share time with Weatherspoon and Perry in the frontcourt, and as a result his scoring average dropped to 12.4 points per contest. The sixth-year forward ranked fourth on the team in scoring and third in rebounding (5.9 rpg). He shot .464 from the field and a career-high .843 from the free-throw line. However, on July 28 Gilliam was waived by the 76ers, and on August 11 he signed on with the New Jersey Nets, his fourth team in five years.

Gilliam's first full season in the City of Brotherly Love produced his best all-around campaign. He enjoyed career highs in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounds (8.1 rpg), and blocked shots (85) while shooting .511 from the floor and .807 from the free-throw line. Gilliam was the Sixers' third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. He led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 26 times during the season, including a high of 17 against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 24. He scored in double figures in all but seven games and finished with 20 or more points 27 times. In Charles Barkley's last season in Philadelphia, the Sixers finished at 35-47 and missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

For a second straight year, Gilliam's season was a tale of two cities. He started the season with Charlotte before being dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers in early January for Mike Gminski. Despite the disruption, Gilliam put together another fine season, with overall averages of 16.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in 75 games. He started in all 50 of his appearances with Philadelphia, teaming with Charles Barkley in the Sixers' frontcourt and averaging 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds. He led the Sixers in scoring three times and in rebounding 16 times. Philadelphia treated Gilliam to the second postseason of his career, and the fourth-year forward responded with 16.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in eight appearances. The Sixers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals but lost to the eventual NBA-champion Chicago Bulls in five games.

Gilliam played the season's first 16 games with Phoenix before the Suns traded him in December to the Charlotte Hornets for Kurt Rambis and two future second-round draft choices. After averaging only 8.9 points in a reserve role with the Suns, Gilliam exploded with Charlotte, starting in 59 of his 60 games for the Hornets and averaging 18.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. Overall, Gilliam averaged 16.7 points and 7.9 rebounds, ranking second on the Hornets in both categories. In addition, his .515 field-goal percentage trailed only Kenny Gattison's .550 mark on the club. Gilliam scored a season-high 30 points against the Rockets in Houston on April 12 and grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds against the Suns at Phoenix on January 15.

Gilliam appeared in 74 games in his second season, starting the first 59. He finished fourth on the team in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 ppg) while helping the Suns to a 55-27 record and a second-place finish in the Pacific Division. Gilliam scored a career-high 41 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 16. He set a new Suns record on January 13 by grabbing 13 rebounds in the first quarter of a game versus the Sacramento Kings, finishing that game with a career-high 21 boards.

Nicknamed "Hammer" for his intensely physical style of play, Armon Gilliam entered the NBA after a superb college career at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He was a 1987 finalist for the John Wooden Award, an honor given annually to the nation's top college player, after averaging 23.2 points and 9.3 rebounds. He earned MVP honors at the NCAA West Regional as a senior, helping the Runnin' Rebels to the 1987 NCAA Final Four. Earlier in his college days Gilliam had won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. team that competed in the 1986 World Championship of Basketball held in Spain. The Phoenix Suns selected Gilliam with the second overall pick of the 1987 NBA Draft. His professional career got off on the wrong foot, so to speak, when he missed 27 games after breaking a toe in the season opener. He returned to play in 55 games, starting the final 52 and scoring in double figures in 31 of the last 34. He finished the year with averages of 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Team.


  • Graduated from UNLV with a degree in communications
  • Enjoys music and plays bass guitar and keyboards
  • Nickname is "Hammer"