Carl Nicks (basketball)

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Carl Nicks
No. 3, 12, 22, 24
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1958-10-06) October 6, 1958 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Englewood Technical Prep Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
College Indiana State (1976–1977)
Gulf Coast State College (1977–1978)
Indiana State (1978–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Pro playing career 1980–1989
Career history
1980 Denver Nuggets
1980–1982 Utah Jazz
1981–1982 Billings Volcanos (CBA)
1983 Cleveland Cavaliers
1983–1984 Toronto Tornados (CBA)
1984–1985 Saint-Étienne (France)
1987–1989 ASPO Tours (France)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Orlando Carl Nicks (born October 6, 1958) is a retired American NBA player. At 6'1" 175 lb, Nicks played guard during his career.

Basketball career[edit]

Nicks finished with NBA career averages of 6.8 ppg, 1.6 apg and 0.8 spg over those three seasons and currently holds the distinction of being the last Sycamore player drafted.

After being selected out of Indiana State University by the Denver Nuggets with the 23rd overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, Nicks played in three seasons with three different teams: Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He played periodically for the Nuggets before being traded to the Jazz, where he backed up Rickey Green. He was subsequently released by the Jazz early in the 1982 season and was signed as a Free Agent by the Cavaliers.

He spent played for the Toronto Tornados of the CBA during the 1983-84 season and then spent 5 seasons in the French professional league following his NBA career; playing for Saint-Étienne in 1984-85 and for ASPO Tours from 1987-89.

In his freshman season at Indiana State, Nicks only averaged 2.2 points in 24 games. Bob King, the Head Coach, recommended that Nicks leave the Sycamores and go to a junior college to refine his skills and work on his game, so that's what Carl did. He spent the 1977-78 season at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida where he averaged 22.4 points a game, though the next season he returned to Indiana State. When he returned he was a more mature and more confident player. It was the 1978-79 season that he started improving and that's where he earned his nickname; Mr. Intensity. That year he averaged 19.3 points but it was the 1980 season that he really came out and started scoring, averaging 26.7 points a game. Nicks started with Larry Bird in 1978-79 and helped lead Indiana State to the championship game in the NCAA tournament by averaging 19.3ppg, 5apg, 3.5rpg and 1.8spg on 46% shooting.

Nicks was twice named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference first team, in both 1979 and 1980. He was also named to the USA Select Team in 1979 for a tour of the People's Republic of China.

In 2007, Nicks was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference as one of the Missouri Valley Conference's "50 Greatest" Players and was inducted into the Indiana State University Hall of Fame in 2007. After retirement he coached alongside Bill Hodges, his former Head Coach at Indiana State, at Mercer University.

Indiana State statistics[edit]

  • 1976-77: 2.2 ppg
  • 1978-79: 19.3 ppg
  • 1979-80: 26.7 ppg
  • Total: 16.8 ppg

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