When the Sonics won their only World Championship, Jack Sikma was in the middle of it all. The 6-foot-11 product of Illinois Wesleyan University was selected by the Sonics with the eighth pick in the 1977 draft. Over the next nine seasons, Sikma, recognizable by his blond locks, was stationed in the middle of the Sonics lineup. In six of his nine seasons with the Sonics, he played all 82 games. He missed only 23 games overall.
In his second season, he became only the third Sonics player to grab 1,000 rebounds in a season, and carried his tenacity on the boards into the playoffs. He saved his best for the NBA Finals against Washington, grabbing 17 rebounds in games three, four and five, as the Sonics captured the title.
Jack Sikma gained acclaim for his rebounding prowess.
Sikma was traded to Milwaukee in 1986, and left the Sonics with more rebounds (7,729), blocked shots (705) and free throws made (3,044) than any player in team history. He also ranks second in points (12,034) and games played (715).
Sikma retired after the 1990-91 season and has since returned to the Seattle area, where he ran a golf course management company. Sikma joined the Sonics as Special Assignments Coach prior to the 2003-04 season, and has worked with the team's centers. No Sonics player has worn No. 43 since Sikma donned his jersey for the last time, and no other player will. His jersey was hoisted to the rafters during a halftime ceremony on Nov. 21, 1992, when the Sonics hosted the Detroit Pistons.