Mychal Thompson is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is a two-time NBA Champion - in 1987 and 1988 while with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Mychal George Thompson was born on January 30, 1955, in Nassau, Bahamas. He did not move to the United States until he was a teen, looking for opportunities to play basketball on a higher level.

Thompson stands 208 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 103 kg. A right-handed player, he played center.

Position Center
Height / weight 2.08 m / 103 kg
Born 30 Jan 1955
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Bells
Team History
Juvecaserta Basket 1991 - 1992
27 los angeles lakers Los Angeles Lakers 1987 - 1991
222 san antonio spurs San Antonio Spurs 1986 - 1987
227 portland trail blazers Portland Trail Blazers 1978 - 1986

He is married to Julie Thompson and they have three sons together. Mychel Thompson and Klay Thompson played in the NBA while his third son Trayce Thomspon played in Major League Baseball.

High School and College Career

Thompson attended and played basketball for Jackson High School in Miami, Florida. He later went on to play collegiate basketball for the University of Minnesota. While there, he received All-American honors. The Minnesota Golden Gophers later retired jersey number 43 in his honor.

Professional Career

He turned pro in 1978 and was the first overall pick of the 1978 NBA Draft, selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. He played for the team for the majority of his career from 1978 to 1986.

In 1979, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. For the 1986- 1987 season, he played for the San Antonio Spurs. In 1987, he signed up to play with the Los Angeles Lakers and was part of the team that won the 1987 NBA Championship. He was still with the Lakers when they also won the following year’s championship. His last season in the NBA was the 1990-1991 season, he played it with the Lakers.

For the 1991-1992 season, he transferred to Italy to play for the Juvecaserta Basket. He retired in 1992.

Career Highlights

  • 1987, 1988 - NBA champion
  • 1979 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1978 - Consensus first-team All-American
  • 1977 - Consensus second-team All-American

  • No. 43 retired by the Minnesota Golden Gophers

Career NBA Statistics

  • Points - 12,810 (13.7 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 6,951 (7.4 rpg)
  • Blocks - 1,073 (1.1 bpg)

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