The 6' 4 California native starred at USC as a scorer-passer for the Trojans before being drafted by Red Auerbach and the Celtics. Later he was dealt closer to home, to Phoenix in exchange for star Charlie Scott, a trade which proved equal to both teams. Westphal led the Suns, along with Alvan Adams and Gar Heard, to an upset of defending champion Golden State and the 1976 NBA Finals. Game Five in that series versus Boston is still widely considered the greatest NBA game of all time. Westphal was a very good NBA athlete, but his game centered more on skills and smarts. He was a solid player at both ends as a passer and defender, while ranking among the NBA's top scorers for Phoenix. He was later enshrined in that team's Circle Of Fame. He also later briefly coached and managed the Suns.



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