College - Illinois Wesleyan
Jack Sikma enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets after spending four seasons on the Seattle SuperSonics coaching staff. A former Sonics center, Sikma rejoined Seattle as a special assignments coach prior to the 2003-04 season. He was promoted to assistant coach following that campaign.
In 14 seasons as a player in the NBA, Sikma averaged 15.6 points and 9.8 rebounds in 1,107 games with Seattle and the Milwaukee Bucks. A seven-time NBA All-Star, Sikma was also named to the 1977-78 NBA All-Rookie Team and earned 1981-82 NBA All-Defense Second Team accolades.
A 6-foot-11 product of Illinois Wesleyan University, Sikma was selected by the Sonics with the eighth overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft. Sikma became just the third Sonics player to grab 1,000 rebounds in a season when he pulled down 1,013 boards in 1978-79. He used his tenacity on the glass to help carry Seattle into the playoffs, saving his best for the 1979 NBA Finals against the Washington Bullets when he grabbed 17 rebounds in each of Games Three, Four and Five to help the Sonics capture the league title.
When Sikma was traded to Milwaukee in 1986, he left the Sonics having registered more rebounds (7,729), blocked shots (705) and free throws made (3,044) than any prior player in team history. He still holds the team’s career marks for rebounds and free throws made, while ranking second in blocked shots, third in points (12,034) and fourth in games played (715).
Sikma retired from playing after the 1990-91 season and returned to the Seattle area. His jersey #43 was retired by the franchise during a halftime ceremony of a Sonics vs. Detroit Pistons game on Nov. 21, 1992.
Born on Nov. 14, 1955, in Kankakee, Illinois, he and his wife, Shawn, have three sons, Jacob, Lucas and Nathan.