Clyde Lovellette was a professional basketball in the National Basketball Association. He played in the league from 1951 to 1964, and he last played for the Boston Celtics. He is a four-time NBA All-Star and he has also won the NBA Championships thrice in his career.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Clyde Edward Lovellette was born on September 7, 1929, in Petersburg, Indiana in the United States. He died on March 9, 2016, when he was 86 years old. He stood 206 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 106 kg.

High School and College Career

He attended Garfield High School in Indiana. He later went on to play collegiate basketball for the University of Kansas where he was teammates with Dean Smith. While in Kansas, he helped lead his team to win the NCAA Championships. He was also the NCAA Scoring Leader for that year.

Position Center
Height / weight 2.06 m / 106 kg
Born 7 Sep 1929
Died 9 Mar 2016 (86 years)
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Jellybelly
Team History
26 boston celtics Boston 1962 - 1964
799 st louis hawks St. Louis Hawks 1958 - 1962
Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati Royals 1957 - 1958
Minneapolis Lakers Minneapolis Lakers 1953 - 1957
Phillips 66ers 1951 - 1953

Before joining the NBA, he also played amateur basketball for the Phillips 66ers.

Professional Career

Lovellette started his professional career after he was drafted into the NBA by the then-Minneapolis Lakers during the 1952 Draft. He was picked in the first round as 9th overall. He played with the Lakers from 1953 to 1957. While with the team, he won his first NBA Championship in 1954.

In 1957, he moved to play for the then-Cincinnati Royals, a team that became the Sacramento Kings. In 1958, he moved on from the Royals and started playing for the then-St. Louis Hawks. He played with the Hawks from 1958 to 1962.

In 1962, he moved to the Boston Celtics and was part of the team when they won the 1963 and 1964 NBA Championships, giving him his second and third championships.

He retired from the NBA after the 1963-1964 season.

Career Highlights

  • 1954, 1963, 1964 - NBA champion
  • 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 - NBA All-Star
  • 1956 - All-NBA Second Team

  • No. 34 honored by Los Angeles Lakers

  • 1952 - NCAA champion
  • 1952 - NCAA Final Four MOP
  • 1952 - Helms Foundation Player of the Year
  • 1951, 1952 - Consensus first-team All-American
  • 1950 - Third-team All-American – AP
  • 1952 - NCAA season scoring leader

  • No. 16 jersey was retired by Kansas Jayhawks

NBA Career statistics

  • Points - 11,947 (17.0 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 6,663 (9.5 rpg)
  • Assists - 1,165 (1.6 apg)

  • Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, 1988

Medal Record, Men’s basketball, representing the United States

  • Gold - 1952 Olympic Games Helsinki

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