Sam Lacey


F-C | 6-foot-10 | Indianola, Mo. | New Mexico State | #44

KEY FACTS:
1975 NBA All-Star
Drafted fifth overall
100 steals and 100 rebounds in six consecutive seasons
CAREER STATS:
PPG: 10.3
RPG: 9.7
APG: 3.7

After four stellar seasons at New Mexico State – including a freshman season in which he averaged 19 points and 20 rebounds per contest – Sam Lacey was selected fifth overall in the 1970 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals.

He arrived in Ohio ready to give the Royals a much-needed boost following the loss of Oscar Robertson and big man Connie Dierking. Lacey immediately provided the team an interior presence. Playing alongside standouts Nate Archibald and Johnny Green, the first-year center averaged a double-double in points and rebounds.

As his career continued and the franchise relocated to Kansas City, Lacey maintained his reputation of having an impact on the boards and averaged double-digit rebounds the first six years in the League.

During 1973-74, the Kings center produced his best statistical season while filling the stat sheet with more than 14 points and 13 rebounds per game. Recognized for his proficiency, Lacey was chosen for the 1975 All-Star Game and helped the Kings reach the Playoffs. Through six games in the postseason, he averaged a glass-cleaning15.7 rebounds per appearance.

Spending more than a decade with the organization, Lacey would not see the Playoffs again until 1978. In 1981, the Kings progressed to the Western Conference Finals and the 32-year old produced a stat-stuffing 10 points, nearly 10 rebounds and five assists per game. After defeating Portland and Phoenix, the Kings came up short against the Houston Rockets.

Following his productive tenure with the Royals/Kings, Lacey concluded his 13-year career with stops in New Jersey and Cleveland.

By the time he retired in 1983, Lacey had accumulated 9,687 rebounds and just over 10,000 points. He currently ranks 40th overall for total rebounds in NBA history. His No. 44 is retired by the team.






CAREER SEASON AVERAGES
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
1970-71 Cincinnati 81 32.7 .418 .687 11.3 1.4 3.30 13.5
1971-72 Cincinnati 81 35.0 .422 .704 12.0 2.1 3.50 11.6
1972-73 Kansas City-Omaha 79 37.1 .474 .708 11.8 2.4 3.60 13.5
1973-74 Kansas City-Omaha 79 39.3 .476 .749 3.7 9.6 13.4 3.8 1.6 2.3 3.20 14.2
1974-75 Kansas City-Omaha 81 41.7 .427 .754 2.8 11.4 14.2 5.3 1.7 2.1 3.40 11.5
1975-76 Kansas City 81 38.1 .401 .759 2.7 10.0 12.6 4.7 1.6 1.6 3.50 12.8
1976-77 Kansas City 82 31.6 .422 .762 2.3 6.6 9.0 4.7 1.4 1.6 3.60 10.6
1977-78 Kansas City 77 27.7 .449 .717 2.0 6.3 8.3 3.9 1.6 1.4 2.42 3.40 8.6
1978-79 Kansas City 82 32.0 .502 .739 2.2 6.4 8.6 5.2 1.3 1.7 2.99 3.80 10.6
1979-80 Kansas City 81 29.8 .448 .000 .741 2.1 5.8 8.0 5.7 1.4 1.4 2.60 3.80 9.2
1980-81 Kansas City 82 27.2 .442 .200 .786 1.6 5.5 7.1 4.9 1.2 1.5 2.22 3.70 6.9
1981-82 K.C.-N.J. 56 7 12.0 .435 .000 .730 0.4 1.6 1.9 1.4 0.4 0.7 1.00 2.50 2.9
1982-83 Cleveland 60 33 20.5 .420 .222 .784 1.0 2.8 3.9 2.0 0.5 0.4 1.63 3.50 4.2
Career 1002 832 31.8 .441 .188 .738 2.2 6.9 9.7 3.7 1.3 1.5 0.98 3.50 10.3
All-Star 1 0 17.0 .333 .000 1.000 3.0 4.0 7.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 0.00 2.00 6.0

CAREER SEASON TOTALS
Year Team G GS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
1970-71 Cincinnati 81 2,648 467-1,117 - 156-227 913 117 270 1,090
1971-72 Cincinnati 81 2,832 410-972 - 119-169 968 173 284 939
1972-73 Kansas City-Omaha 79 2,930 471-994 - 126-178 933 189 283 1,068
1973-74 Kansas City-Omaha 79 3,107 467-982 - 185-247 293 762 1,055 299 126 184 254 1,119
1974-75 Kansas City-Omaha 81 3,378 392-917 - 144-191 228 921 1,149 428 139 168 274 928
1975-76 Kansas City 81 3,083 409-1,019 - 217-286 218 806 1,024 378 132 134 286 1,035
1976-77 Kansas City 82 2,595 327-774 - 215-282 189 545 734 386 119 133 292 869
1977-78 Kansas City 77 2,131 265-590 - 134-187 155 487 642 300 120 108 186 264 664
1978-79 Kansas City 82 2,627 350-697 - 167-226 179 523 702 430 106 141 245 309 867
1979-80 Kansas City 81 2,412 303-677 0-1 137-185 172 473 645 460 111 109 211 307 743
1980-81 Kansas City 82 2,228 237-536 1-5 92-117 131 453 584 399 95 120 182 302 567
1981-82 K.C.-N.J. 56 7 670 67-154 0-1 27-37 20 87 107 77 22 38 56 139 161
1982-83 Cleveland 60 33 1,232 111-264 2-9 29-37 62 169 231 118 29 25 98 209 253
Career 1002 832 31,873 4,276-9,693 3-16 1,748-2,369 1,647 5,226 9,687 3,754 999 1,160 978 3,473 10,303
All-Star 1 0 17 2-6 0-0 2-2 3 4 7 1 2 1 0 2 6