PITTSBURGH - Former NBA and UNLV star Armen Gilliam died Tuesday night of a heart attack.
According to WTAE in Pittsburgh, Gilliam, a 6-foot-9 power forward nicknamed "The Hammer" during his playing days, collapsed while playing basketball at a gym in Collier Township. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at age 47.
Gilliam was a star on the top-ranked UNLV Runnin' Rebels team that won a record 38 games and went to the NCAA Final Four in 1987 before being selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft later that same year.
He also played for the Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz in a 13-year professional career before retiring in 2000.
Gilliam, who changed the spelling of his first name from Armon, finished his NBA career with 12,700 points, averaging 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds in 929 games.