|birthday||September 19, 1949|
|place of birth||Los Angeles , United States|
|NBA draft||1971 , 2nd pick, Portland Trail Blazers|
|Clubs as active|
|1971–1976 Portland Trail Blazers 1976–1978 Boston Celtics 1978–1981 San Diego Clippers 1981–1982 Reyer Venezia Mestre
Sidney Wicks (born September 19, 1949 in Los Angeles , California ) is a retired American basketball player who was active in the NBA from 1971 to 1981 .
Wicks played a very successful college career with the UCLA Bruins . So he won three college championships from 1969 to 1971. In the subsequent draft he was selected second by the Portland Trail Blazers . Prior to the draft, the Blazers paid $ 250,000 to the Cleveland Cavaliers , who had first choice not to draft Wicks. Wicks was also courted by the competitive league ABA , whose rights were secured by the Dallas Chaparrals .
Wicks played with 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, an impressive rookie season and was named both NBA All-Star and Rookie of the Year . Wicks played alongside Geoff Petrie for five years with the Blazers. During this time he scored 22 points and an average of 10 rebounds and was invited to the All-Star Game three more times.
In 1976 Wicks moved to the Boston Celtics and in 1977 reached the playoffs for the first and only time in his career. In the following years, Wicks quickly reduced his performance, so that the Clippers only got 11 points and 7 rebounds on average.
After his NBA career, Wicks played a year in Italy with Reyer Venezia Mestre .
- Sidney Wicks - player profile on basketball-reference.com
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American basketball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 19, 1949|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Los Angeles , California|