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Jerry Lucas

1x
NBA Champion
7X
NBA All-Star
1X
NBA All-Star Game MVP
5X
All-NBA
1X
NBA Rookie of the Year

Things to Know


The player with the plan.

Jerry Lucas was a winner at every level and one of the best rebounding forwards the game has ever seen. His career average of 15.6 rebounds per game ranks fourth in NBA history and he was a key player in the New York Knicks' championship team of 1973.

Lucas and John Havlicek led Ohio State to the NCAA championship game in each of their three seasons in Columbus, winning the title in 1960. Lucas won College Player of the Year honors in 1961 and 1962. He also won gold at the 1960 Olympics, averaging 16.8 ppg as the starting center for Team USA.

Career
Lucas was claimed by the Cincinnati Royals as a territorial pick in the 1962 Draft, but he didn't make his debut until 1963. He earned Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-NBA honors in 1963-64, averaging 17.7 ppg and 17.4 rpg while leading the league in field goal percentage (52.7%).

He is the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain (10 seasons) to average at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in multiple seasons, doing so in his second and third seasons in the NBA: 21.4 and 20.0 in 1964-65 and 21.5 and 21.1 in '65-66.

A seven-time All-Star and the 1965 All-Star Game MVP, Lucas' five All-NBA selections include three years on the First Team: 1964-65, '65-66 and '67-68.

He was traded to New York on May 7, 1971 in a blockbuster trade involving Cazzie Russell. He played his final three seasons in New York, where he reached The Finals twice and won the 1973 NBA championship backing up Willis Reed at center.

In 1980, Lucas was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. And in 1996, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. After retiring, he found success as a businessman in several off-the-court ventures.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Jerry Lucas

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Jerry Lucas

Jerry Lucas

Jerry Lucas: The Man Behind The Magic

Stats


17.0
PPG
15.6
RPG (4th All-Time)
3.3
APG

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1973-74NYK347322.36.22.75.846.2---0.91.369.80.84.35.13.20.40.3-1.8
1972-73NYK337128.29.94.48.651.3---1.11.480.0--7.24.5---2.2
1971-72NYK327738.016.77.113.851.2---2.63.279.1--13.14.1---2.8
1970-71SFW318040.619.27.815.649.8---3.64.678.7--15.83.7---2.5
1969-70TOT306736.115.16.011.950.7---3.03.878.4--14.22.6---2.5
1969-70SFW306336.515.46.112.150.7---3.13.978.6--14.42.6---2.5
1969-70CIN30429.510.34.58.851.4---1.31.871.4--11.31.8---1.8
1968-69CIN297441.618.37.513.655.1---3.34.475.5--18.44.1---2.8
1967-68CIN288244.121.58.616.651.9---4.25.477.8--19.03.1---3.0
1966-67CIN278143.917.87.115.545.9---3.54.479.1--19.13.3---3.5
1965-66CIN267944.521.58.719.345.3---4.05.178.7--21.12.7---3.5
1964-65CIN256643.421.48.517.049.8---4.55.581.4--20.02.4---3.2
1963-64CIN247941.417.76.913.152.7---3.95.077.9--17.42.6---3.8
Overall82938.817.06.913.849.9---3.24.178.30.84.315.63.30.40.3-2.9
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.