College - Maryland '76
John Lucas is beginning his second season as the Head Coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lucas, 47, was named the 13th Head Coach in Cleveland Cavaliers history on June 19, 2001.
Lucas came to the Cavs after working as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets for three seasons. He has four years of NBA head coaching experience as he led the Philadelphia 76ers from 1994-96 and the San Antonio Spurs from 1992-94. Over those four years, Lucas had an overall NBA head coaching record of 136-171 (.443). While in Philadelphia, Lucas also served as general manager and vice president of basketball operations. As head coach of the Spurs, he led the team to a 94-49 (.657) record and two consecutive playoff appearances. In addition to his NBA coaching experience, Lucas was the owner and head coach of the Miami Tropics of the United States Basketball League (USBL) from 1992-93 and led the Tropics to a 38-9 record and two USBL championships.
Lucas began his 14-year NBA playing career during the 1976-77 season. He was the first overall selection in the 1976 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Lucas played for six different teams in his career, including Houston, Golden State, Washington, San Antonio, Milwaukee and Seattle. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie team in 1977 after averaging 11.1 ppg on .477 (388-814) FG% with 5.6 apg for the Rockets. Lucas was signed by the Cavaliers on August 29, 1983, but was waived on September 21 prior to the start of the season. In 1983-84 with San Antonio, he averaged a career-best 10.7 apg in 63 games and set an NBA record for assists in one quarter with 14 assists in the second quarter vs. Denver on April 15. Lucas averaged a career-high 17.5 ppg on .457 (285-624) FG% in 43 games for Milwaukee in 1986-87. In 928 career NBA games, Lucas averaged 10.7 ppg with 7.0 apg and is currently in 17th place among the NBA all-time assist leaders (6,454). He also played in 45 playoff contests and averaged 11.2 ppg on .451 (198-439) FG%, including a career-high 15.6 ppg in 12 postseason games for the Bucks in 1987.
Lucas is a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland where he earned All-America honors in 1975 and 1976.