Herm Gilliam, an original Buffalo Brave and a guard on the Portland Trail Blazers' only championship team, died Saturday in Portland, Ore. He was 58. Cause of death was not immediately known, the team said.
Gilliam played eight seasons in the NBA, averaging 10.8 points and 3.8 assists a game. He averaged 11.2 points and 3.6 assists in 80 games with Buffalo in 1970-71, the Braves' first season.
He was picked by Buffalo from Cincinnati in the expansion draft and traded to Atlanta after one year. He later played for Seattle before spending his final season, 1976-77, with the Trail Blazers. Portland beat Philadelphia in six games that year to claim the NBA title.