Armen Gilliam, who played forward and
center for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1996
to 1999, died last night from an apparent heart attack sustained during a game of pickup basketball in a gym just outside of Pittsburgh. He was 47 years old.
Gilliam came to Milwaukee as a free agent shortly after Chris Ford took over as head coach. After being a starter for most of his career, Gilliam took a reserve role on the Bucks behind Vin Baker and Glenn Robinson, but he did start 25 games when Andrew Lang got hurt. His next season was his best in Milwaukee; he averaged 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. However, the Bucks won only 36 games and when George Karl took over as coach the next season, Gilliam’s role was greatly reduced. On August 19, 1999 he was traded along with Chris Gatling to Orlando in exchange for Danny Manning and Dale Ellis.
Below is video footage of Gilliam being drafted with the second overall selection of the 1987 NBA draft, including highlights of his college career at UNLV which ended with 38-win season and a run to the Final Four. At UNLV, he used the name ‘Armon’ which he later changed to ‘Armen’.