The basketball career of Jack Twyman gets vastly overshadowed — but for incredibly good reasons — by what he brought to the table off the court. However, it doesn’t mean the NBA world should simply gloss over what was a truly fantastic career in the league.
Twyman stood 6-foot-6 and occupied the small forward position, a fairly normal occurrence for a guy his height. What made the man special, though, was that his game resembled that of a power forward, an interior presence who was never afraid to dole out some physicality.
During the heart of his prime, nobody could slow down Jack Twyman. His lowest points per game average over a four-year stretch was 22.9, a true indicator as to just how lethal he was when asked to score the basketball.
He rebounded the ball incredibly well for someone his size, seemingly always willing to attack the glass in order to make sure his team secured possession of the ball.
As a six-time All-Star with career averages of 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game who was later inducted into the Hall of Fame way back in 1983, there is no denying the talents Twyman brought to the court, but as mentioned before, that’s not where his legacy lies.
Twyman became the legal guardian to teammate Maurice Stokes after he’d become paralyzed and was forced to retire. In order to pay for his medical bills, Jack founded the Maurice Stokes Basketball Game to help both Stokes and other former players in need.
For all his good-will, the NBA would create the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award in 2013 which would go to the player who most represented what the league was about.
So yes, Jack Twyman scored plenty of points and earned a good living playing a child’s game, but it’s what he did in caring for the needs of others that will be most remembered much more than anything he could’ve accomplished in a gym.