|Full name||Jerry Ray Lucas|
|birthday||March 30, 1940|
|place of birth||Middletown , Ohio , United States|
|High school||Middletown, Middletown, Ohio|
|NBA draft||1962, Territorial pick , Cincinnati Royals|
|Clubs as active|
|1963–1969 Cincinnati Royals 1969–1971 San Francisco Warriors 1971–1974 New York Knicks
Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940 in Middletown , Ohio ) is a retired American basketball player . Between 1963 and 1974 he played in the US professional league NBA with the teams of the Cincinnati Royals , San Francisco Warriors and New York Knicks . He is 2.06 m tall and played on the position of the Center . For his career achievement, Lucas was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1980 .
High school and college careers
His native Middletown High School led Lucas to the Ohio State Championship twice, in 1956 and 1957. During the same period, he was voted the best player in Ohio twice. He broke high school records in a row and has been offered scholarships from around 200 universities. His achievements made him known throughout the United States as a teenager. He is still considered to be one of the best high school players of all time.
From 1959 to 1962 he studied at Ohio State University , from 1960 he played for the basketball team (freshman were not allowed to play at that time). The team, which included John Havlicek , won the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship in 1960 , and Lucas was named College Player of the Year. The following year, Lucas increased his performance and was by the magazine Sports Illustrated for Athlete of the Year chosen. Ohio State lost in the NCAA finals in 1961 and 1962 .
In 1960 Lucas also played in the US Olympic team . Although he was the youngest player to star alongside future NBA legends such as Jerry West , Oscar Robertson and Walt Bellamy , he was the star and leader of the team. The team won the gold medal with confidence.
Careers in the NBA
In the years 1963 to 1969, Lucas played for the Cincinnati Royals, for which he was elected to the All-Star Team six times in a row, in 1965 he became All Star MVP . For his playful performance in the first NBA year, he was appointed to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1964 and was named Rookie of the Year . In 1969 he moved to the San Francisco Warriors, after two seasons in 1971 for the last three years of his career with the New York Knicks . When he became champion with these 1973, he had won the rare triple high school state championship, national college title and NBA title, plus Olympic gold. As a professional, Lucas, who was mainly used as the center, got 12,942 rebounds, with 15.6 per game the fourth-best average behind Wilt Chamberlain , Bill Russell and Bob Pettit . He scored 14,053 points (17.0 per game) and threw 49.9% off the field.
- Jerry Lucas - player profile on basketball-reference.com
- NBA Bio
- Jerry Lucas in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame On: Hoophall website; Springfield, MA, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017 (in English).
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Lucas, Jerry Ray (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American basketball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 30, 1940|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Middletown , Ohio, USA|