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Joe Caldwell

Nickname: "Pogo Joe"
Ht. 6-5
Wt. 210
College - Arizona State
ABA Teams: Carolina (1970-71 to 1973-74), St. Louis (1974-75)

One of the bigger NBA stars to jump to the ABA (came to Cougars in 1970, from Atlanta Hawks); Known for his rim-crashing slam dunks, leaping ability and tenacious defense; Hampered in ABA by worn down knees, but still played in two ABA All-Star Games (1971 & 1973); Dr. J states that Caldwell guarded him better than any other ABA player; In 1972-73 Caldwell paired with Billy Cunningham, another former NBA All-Star, to form one of ABA's most deadly forward combinations.

From Jim O'Brien's 1972-73 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball:
"If there was anybody who typified the superb athletic talent in the NBA," wrote Stan Isaacs of Newsday, "it was Joe Caldwell, the demon jumper of the Atlanta Hawks. Now Caldwell is in the ABA and the new league is all the better for it." . . . Jumpin'Joe is, indeed, a magnificent athlete . . . Gets himself up with bigger fellows, but is so agile he can ruin an opposing guard . . . Led Cougars in scoring in 1970-71 with 23.31 ppg . . . Outstanding in 1971 ABA All-Star Game played before Cougars fans in Greensboro . . . Some thought he, not Mel Daniels, should've been the MVP in that game . . . In 1971-72 a knee brace became a necessary evil . . . He tore ligaments on outside portion of his right knee . . . "A basketball player depends upon those muscles to give him push when he jumps," says Caldwell. "I don't have that blast anymore." . . . In carpet business in off-season, plans to make career of it.

GP Min FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% TReb AST PF Pnts RPG APG PPG
Career ABA Totals 314 11387 2337 4921 .475 18 80 .225 800 1609 .497 1750 1390 1030 5492 5.6 4.4 17.4
ABA Playoff Totals 16 572 96 197 .487 3 10 .300 30 62 .484 95 53 49 225 5.9 3.3 14.1
ABA All-Star Totals 2 55 13 24 .541 0 0 .000 2 4 .500 13 5 5 28 6.5 2.5 14.0

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