Armen Gilliam, who averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds for the Nets over three seasons in the mid-1990's, died Wednesday at the age of 47 in his native Pittsburgh while playing a pick-up game at a local gym. Gilliam collapsed of a heart attack while playing basketball at LA Fitness in Collier Township, PA. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.
Gilliam, known as the "Hammer," was the second overall pick in the 1987 draft after a college career at UNLV. He averaged 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds in 13 NBA seasons, 14.9 and 7.9 with the Nets. His best season came in 1995-96, when at 31 he put up 18.3 and 9.1 in 78 games. He missed only four games with the Nets, first backing up Derrick Coleman, then starting after DC was traded.
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