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ABA salutes ABA players who moved to NBA

October 28, 2004 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release

Indianapolis, IN. Joe Newman, ABA co-Founder, today announced the list of recent ABA players who have moved on to the NBA. According to Newman, "The NBA is still recognized as the league with the world's best players and we are aware that many ABA players have the NBA as a goal. We are proud of the players who choose the ABA; they're very very good and if there were more teams in the NBA, many of them would be there. We remember the original ABA and how many players went onto great careers in the NBA - Dr. J, George Gervin, Moses Malone, Spencer Haywood, Rick Barry, Freddie Lewis, Marvin Barnes, and many others. Hopefully, from among the present ABA, the Legends of the Future will be born."

Atlanta Hawks - Saddi Washington
Boston Celtics - Ernest Brown
Charlotte Hornets - Corey Benjamin
Chicago Bulls - Jannero Pargo
Denver Nuggets - Scott Brooks (Asst Coach)
Golden State Warriors - Matt Carroll
Indiana Pacers - Eddie Gill
LA Clippers - Matt Barnes, Jerry Holman, Doug Overton
Miami Heat - Malik Allen
Milwaukee Bucks - Jauquin Hawkins, Brandon Williams
Minnesota Timberwolves - Anthony Goldwire
New York Knicks - Dermarr Johnson
Orlando Magic - Ajani Williams, Paul Westhead (Asst Coach)
Phoenix Suns - Yuta Tabuse, Paul Shirley, Derrick Dial
Portland Trailblazers - Kevin Pritchard (Dir. Player Pers), Pat Zipfel (scouting), Geno Carlisle, Richie Frahm
Seattle Supersonics - Leon Smith
Washington Wizards - Mitchell Butler

Newman added, "It's possible we missed a few. If so, we're sorry. The message: The calibre of play in the ABA is terrific and we are very proud of these and all players who choose to play in the league. Good luck."

Final note. The list of players was compiled by a young ABA/NBA fan, Matt Canaday of Kansas City. Thanks Matt.

Note: OurSports Central no longer actively covers the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a professional league due in part to its inability to publish and play a schedule and the transitory nature of many of its teams. For information on professional minor leagues, please see OSC's basketball section.

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