Basketball Wiki
Advertisement
  1. Numbered list item
Jim Pollard
No. 17
Position: Small Forward
Personal information
Full name: James Clifford Pollard
Born: July 9, 1922
Oakland, California
Died: January 22, 1993 (aged 70)
Stockton, California
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Oakland Tech (Oakland, California)
College: Stanford (1940–1942)
BAA Draft: 1947 / Round: – / Pick: –
Selected by the Chicago Stags
Playing career: 1947–1955 (8 years)
Career history
As player:
19471955 Minneapolis Lakers
As coach:
1955–1958 La Salle
1960 Minneapolis Lakers
1961–1962 Chicago Packers
19671970 Minnesota Muskies / Miami Floridians
1970–1972 Florida Atlantic
Career highlights and awards
  • 5× NBA champion (1949, 1950, 19521954)
  • NBA All-Star (1951, 1952, 1954, 1955)
  • 2× All-NBA First Team (1949, 1950)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1952, 1954)
  • NBL champion (1948)
  • All-NBL First Team (1948)
  • No. 17 honored by the Los Angeles Lakers
  • NCAA champion (1942)
  • First-team All-American – Helms (1942)
  • First-team All-PCC (1942)

James Clifford Pollard (July 9, 1922 – January 22, 1993) was an American professional basketball player and coach.

As a player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Pollard was considered one of the best forwards in the 1950s and was known for his leaping ability, earning him the nickname "The Kangaroo Kid". A five-time NBA champion and four-time NBA All-Star, Pollard spent his entire eight-year professional career with the Minneapolis Lakers.

Pollard was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. He has also been inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame, Stanford Hall of Fame, and Pac-12 Hall of Honor.

Advertisement