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James Worthy

James Worthy

James Worthy
Date of Birth: 27 February 1961
Born At: Gastonia, North Carolina, USA
Height: 6’9"
NBA Experience : 12 seasons

Career accomplishments

  • First overall pick in NBA Draft (1982)
  • All-NBA Third Team twice (1990, ’91)
  • NBA All-Rookie Team (1983) as he averaged 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game
  • Led Lakers to three NBA championships (1985, ’87, ’88) and seven NBA Finals appearances (1983, ’84, ’85, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’91)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1988) as he averaged 22.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game; in Game 7 recorded the first triple-double of his career with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.
  • NBA All-Star seven times (1986-92)
  • All-time record for highest field goal percentage in a five-game series (.721) (1985)
  • Highest field goal percentage for a rookie in Laker history (.579)
  • Averaged 17.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg and 3.0 apg in 926 career games; averaged 21.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 143 career playoff games
  • In Laker history, he is fifth in scoring (16,320 points), second in steals (1,041) and sixth in field goal percentage (.521)
  • Retired as the 54th leading scorer in NBA history with 16,320 points
  • One of seven Lakers to have his number (#42) retired
  • NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time team (1996)

James Worthy biography

James Worthy, a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, was one of basketball’s greatest fast-break finishers at the college and professional levels. A 6-foot-9, 225 pound power forward who could dominate with his speed and agility, Worthy starred collegiately at the University of North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA championship in New Orleans and was named MVP of the Final Four. Named Helms Foundation National Player of the Year, Worthy was selected an All-America 11 times throughout his college career by various organizations. Named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, Worthy played his entire 12-year professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He helped lead the Lakers to the 1985, 1987 and 1988 NBA championships and a total of seven NBA Finals appearances. He was named MVP of the 1988 Finals after averaging 22 PPG, 7.4 rpg and 4.4 apg. He was chosen for seven NBA All-Star Games (1986-92) and is one of only seven Lakers to have his number (#42) retired.