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Howard Komives

Howard Komives
No. 16, 30, 5, 15
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1941-05-09)May 9, 1941
Toledo, Ohio
Died March 22, 2009(2009-03-22) (aged 67)
Toledo, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Woodward (Toledo, Ohio)
College Bowling Green (1961–1964)
NBA draft 1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1964–1974
Career history
19641968 New York Knicks
1968–1972 Detroit Pistons
1972–1973 Buffalo Braves
1973–1974 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,550 (10.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,804 (2.4 rpg)
Assists 2,941 (4.0 apg)
Stats at

Howard K. "Butch" Komives (pronounced KO-myvz[1]) (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 Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves and Kansas City-Omaha Kings.

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

College career

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.

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.[2] Even though he no longer is the school's all-time leading scorer (his 1,834 total points is currently third), his 25.8 scoring average is still a Falcons record.

He was inducted into the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1970. His son Shane was a four-year basketball letterman at the same school from 1993 to 1996.

Professional career

Komives was selected thirteenth overall in the second round by the New York Knicks in the 1964 NBA Draft.[3] He was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1965, after starting in every regular-season match and averaging 12.2 points per game. After the Knicks acquired Dick Barnett prior to the 1965–66 season, Komives was shifted to point guard, a position with which he struggled, drawing the wrath of Knicks fans. The most productive campaign of his professional career was in 1967, when his averages per contest were 15.7 points and 6.2 assists.[1]

By the time Red Holzman became the Knicks' coach midway through the 1967–68 season, Komives was involved in a personal feud with Cazzie Russell that negatively affected the rest of the team.[4] 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. 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.

In 2007, Komives was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.[5]

Komives died at University of Toledo Medical Center on March 22, 2009 at age 67. His wife Marcia had found him unconscious and unresponsive in their home three days earlier.[6]


  1. ^ a b Goldstein, Richard (March 23, 2009), "Howard Komives, Ex-Knick, Dies at 67",  
  2. ^
  3. ^ 1964 NBA Draft –
  4. ^ Kalinsky, George. The New York Knicks: The Official 50th Anniversary Celebration. New York: Macmillan, Inc., 1996.
  5. ^ "Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame: The Inductees for 2007". 2007-05-21. 
  6. ^ Former NBA player 'Butch' Komives dies at 67

External links

  • Howard Komives bio and stats at Hoops Analyst website
  • Howard Komives NBA career stats
  • Howard Komives biography at Ohio Hoop Zone website
  • (Toledo, Ohio), Monday, March 23, 2009.The Blade"Howard 'Butch' Komives, 1941–2009: Woodward basketball star excelled for BGSU,"
  • (Toledo, Ohio), Monday, March 23, 2009.The BladeHackenberg, Dave. "Komives was Woodward, BGSU basketball legend,"
  • (Bowling Green, Ohio), Monday, March 23, 2009.Sentinel-Tribune"Falcon cage standout Komives died in Toledo,"
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