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Billy Keller – 1972-’73 Topps #264

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William Curry “Billy” Keller (born August 30, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American former professional basketball player. The 5’10” guard, spent his entire basketball career in the state of Indiana. He attended George Washington Community High School, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball his Senior year. Billy was the 2nd pick in the 7th round in the 1969 NBA Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks, but only played for the ABA’s Indiana Pacers. Along with the likes of George McGinnis and college teammate Rick Mount, he Imagehelped lead the Pacers to three ABA Championships in ’70, ’72 and ’73. Keller would become one of the most successful shooters in ABA history, making 506 three-point field goals during his seven-year career while leading the league in free throw percentage two times in 1973 and 1976. He set an ABA Playoffs record going 30-30 from the free throw line in the 1974-1975 season. He finished his 7 year ABA career averaging 11.8 points a game, with a .456 field goal percentage and scoring a total of 6,588 points. Four years after his career in the ABA, Bill served as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 1980 under second year head coach, Lee Rose. He helped lead Purdue to an overall record of 23-10, including an NCAA Final Four appearance. In 1992, Keller was elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He currently runs a series of basketball camps in his home state.

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