Mix in 1979
|Born||December 30, 1947|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Rogers (Toledo, Ohio)|
|NBA draft||1969 / Round: 5 / Pick: 61st overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|1983||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA and ABA statistics|
|Points||8,357 (10.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,160 (5.3 rpg)|
|Assists||1,393 (1.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Steven Charles Mix (born December 30, 1947), nicknamed "The Mayor", is an American former professional basketball player and coach. Mix had a thirteen year playing career, was an NBA All-Star and played in the NBA Finals on four occasions. He had a lengthy career as a broadcaster for the Philadelphia 76ers.
At Toledo, Mix earned first-team all-Mid-American Conference honors for three consecutive seasons, in 1967, 1968 and 1969. He was the MAC Player of the Year as a senior in 1969. Mix led the Rockets to the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore in 1967, averaging 23.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. As a junior Mix averaged 21.8 points and 10.2 rebounds, and as senior averaged 24.1 points and 12.1 rebounds.
Mix ranks fifth in Toledo history with 1,676 total points and is the all-time leader in points per game with 23.0.
Mix was a power forward with a 13-year career from 1969 to 1972 and from 1973 to 1983, playing in the National Basketball Association, with one year in the Continental Basketball Association and one game in the American Basketball Association.
Detroit Pistons (1969–1971)
Mix was a reserve early in his career and he took time to become an established player.
Selected in the fifth round of the 1969 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, Mix signed with Detroit. In two plus seasons in Detroit under coaches Butch van Breda Kolff and briefly, Earl Lloyd, Mix played in 61 games and averaged 7.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. On November 22, 1971 Mix was waived by the Pistons.
Denver Rockets (1971)
Mix played one game with the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association after his release from Detroit. He scored two points in four minutes, playing for coach Alex Hannum on December 23, 1971.
Grand Rapids Tackers (1972–1973)
In the 1972–73 season, Mix played for the Grand Rapids Tackers of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) after being cut by the Philadelphia 76ers in training camp. Mix revived his career averaging 31.1 points in 19 games. Mix led the Tackers to the CBA Championship under coach Don Vroon.
Philadelphia 76ers (1973-1982)
On August 29, 1973, Mix signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers. Mix's career turned around with the 76ers in 1973–74 and he would remain with the team for nine seasons. Mix played in all 82 games for the 1973–74 76ers, averaging a double-double 14.9 points and 10.5 rebounds, with 2.6 steals under coach Gene Shue. The 76ers finished the season with a record of 25–57.
In 1974–75, Mix averaged 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds as Philadelphia finished 34–48. Mix made the NBA All-Star team, but played in only 46 games due to injury.
The 76ers improved to 46–36 in 1975–76, as Mix averaged 13.9 points 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 81 games, playing alongside Doug Collins, George McGinnis, Billy Cunningham and rookie Lloyd Free. The 76ers lost to the Buffalo Braves in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Philadelphia scored a coup when they obtained Julius Erving before the 1976–77 season. The 76ers also added Henry Bibby, Caldwell Jones and Darryl Dawkins to the roster. The 76ers finished the regular season 50–32, with Mix averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In the playoffs, Philadelphia beat the Boston Celtics 4 games to 3 and the Houston Rockets 4–2 to advance to the 1977 NBA Finals. In the finals, Philadelphia fell to Bill Walton and the Portland Trail Blazers 4–2.
In 1977–78, Mix averaged 9.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 22 minutes per game, as Philadelphia finished 55–27. After Philadelphia started the started the season with 2–4 record, Billy Cunningham replaced Gene Shue as head coach. The 76ers were defeated by the Washington Bullets in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In 1979–80, Philadelphia finished 59–23, with Mix averaging 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The 76ers defeated the Washington Bullets 2–0, the Atlanta Hawks 4–1 and the Boston Celtics, with rookie Larry Bird, 4–1 to reach the 1980 NBA Finals against rookie Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers won the series 4–2.
Mix averaged 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the 76ers in 1980–81 at age 33. Philadelphia finished 62–20, as Andrew Toney joined the roster. Philadelphia defeated the Indiana Pacers 2–0 and the Milwaukee bucks 4–3, before losing 4-3 to the eventual NBA champions Boston Celtics 4–3 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In 1981–82, Mix saw his playing time decrease at age 34 in what became his final season playing in Philadelphia. He averaged 7.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 75 games under coach Cunningham and assistant Chuck Daly. The 76ers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 2–0, the Milwaukee Bucks 4–2 and the defending champions Boston Celtics 4–3 to reach the 1982 NBA Finals. In the NBA Finals, the 76ers lost again to the Los Angeles Lakers 4–2, behind playoff MVP Magic Johnson.
In nine seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Mix played in 668 games, averaging 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals.
Milwaukee Bucks/Los Angeles Lakers (1982-1983)
On September 13, 1982, Mix signed as a veteran free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks. Mix averaged 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 57 games with 20 starts for the Bucks under coach Don Nelson. He averaged 14 minutes per game, before being waived by the Bucks on April 11, 1983.
After being waived by the Bucks, Mix signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on April 16, 1983. Mix joined the team for the Lakers' final regular season games, scoring nine points in 17 minutes on April 17, 1983. Mix then played in the 1983 playoffs, as the Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 4–1, the San Antonio Spurs 4–2 to reach the NBA Finals.
Overall, Mix appeared in 788 career games, playing for the Detroit Pistons (1968–1971), the Denver Rockets of the ABA (1971), Philadelphia 76ers (1973–1982), Milwaukee Bucks (1982–1983) and Los Angeles Lakers (1983). He averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals.
In 2011, he worked a basketball analyst for SportsTime Ohio.
Since moving to Florida after his retirement at Trine, Mix has coached at basketball camps at Indian River State College.
During and since their playing days, when they were teammates and roommates, Mix and Julius Erving have been close friends, calling each other for their birthdays to the present day. Mix was nicknamed "Sky" by Erving; according to Mix, "Julius and [Mix] would talk hoops, [they] would talk life [and] family. Every night [Erving] would have a candy bar before he would go to bed. He used to say, 'I'm calling you [Mix] Sky because you can't.'"
On his number 50 jersey being retired by the University of Toledo in 2007, Mix said "I was totally shocked and amazed when this was proposed to me. I know it's never been done before. It's a great honor."
After calling Detroit Tigers clubhouse manager Jim Schmakel, Mix networked and became an usher for the New York Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, where the Mets hold Spring Training and where two of the Mets' minor-league affiliates, the St. Lucie Mets and the rookie-league Gulf Coast League Mets, play. Mix said: "I heard somebody say sometime, when you retire and you do nothing, how do you know when you are done? I need that place where I can hang my hat. I just need a place where I can do something." Mix received some recognition from fans who know him from his basketball days, including Mets Special Assistant to the General Manager J. P. Ricciardi. Mix said that a few people recognize him each day: "I have a couple people bring cards up ... probably a couple times a day somebody will say something."
- In 1977, Mix was inducted into the Toledo Rockets Hall of Fame.
- Mix was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.
- In 2007, Mix' number 50 was retired by the Toledo Rockets.
NBA/ABA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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