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Jerry Lucas
Jerry Lucas 1961.jpeg
Lucas in 1961.
No. 16, 47, 32
Position: Power Forward
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Jerry Ray Lucas
Born: March 30, 1940 (1940-03-30) (age 82)
Middletown, Ohio
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 8 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight: 230 lbs (104 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 1963 for the Cincinnati Royals
Final game: 1974 for the New York Knicks
Career information
High school: Middletown (Middletown, Ohio)
College: Ohio State (1958-1962)
NBA Draft: 1962 / Pick / Territorial
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career: 19631974 (22 years)
Career history
19631969 Cincinnati Royals
1969-1971 San Francisco Warriors
1971-1974 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing the Flag of the United States.png United States
Olympic Games
Olympic Gold Medal.png Gold 1960 Rome

Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) is an American famed former professional basketball player. He was a nationally awarded high school player, national college star at Ohio State, and 1960 gold medal Olympian and international player before later starring as a professional player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

As a collegian, Lucas led the Ohio State Buckeyes to three straight NCAA finals (1960-1962), winning the national championship in 1960, and finishing as runner-up in 1961 and 1962. He is the only three-time Big Ten Basketball Player of the Year, and was named the NCAA Player of the Year in 1961 and 1962 by the United States Basketball Writers Association (now Oscar Robertson Award), the Associated Press, and the Sporting News.

As a professional, Lucas was named All-NBA First Team three times, All-NBA Second Team twice, an NBA All-Star seven times (including six years in a row), was the 1964 NBA Rookie of the Year, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1965 NBA All-Star Game among other honors and awards. He was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

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