Jamaal Wilkes, born as Jackson Keith Wilkes is a retired American basketball player who played the small forward position in NBA. He won four NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The key player in the run of NCAA championships mounted during the John Wooden era of UCLA basketball. Once he entered the NBA in 1974, he converted to Islam and legally changed his name to Jamaal Abdul Lateef. However, he retained his surname throughout his NBA career.

Position Power Forward
Born 2 May 1953
Nationality United States United States

Born in Berkeley in California, he did his schooling from Santa Barbara High School in California. His college was UCLA, where he played a lot of basketball.

The 6’6 and 190 lbs forward guard was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 11th pick with 11th overall of the 1974 NBA draft. His jersey numbers include 41 and 52. In his entire NBA career, from 1974 to 1986 and from age 21 to 32, he scored total 14644 points, with total rebounds of 5117 and assists of 2050 for around 828 games.

His former teams include Golden State Warriors from 1074-1977,the Los Angeles Lakers from 1977 to 1985 and the Los Angeles Clippers from 1985 to 1986.

Career highlights

In 1977, he signed as a free agent with the LA Lakers and won honors as a NBA Champion in 1975, 1980, 1982 and 1985. He even won the NBA Rookie of the year in 1975 and a three time NBA All Star in 1976, 1981 and 1983. He also won the All-Defensive Second Team in 1976 and 1977.

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