Jack Nichols (basketball)

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Jack Nichols
No. 15, 5, 16
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1926-04-09)April 9, 1926
Died December 24, 1992(1992-12-24) (aged 66)
Palm Springs, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school Everett (Everett, Washington)
College Washington (1943–1944, 1946–1948)
USC (1944–1946)
NBA draft 1948 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Washington Capitols
Pro playing career 1948–1958
Career history
19481950 Washington Capitols
1950–1954 Tri-Cities Blackhawks / Milwaukee Hawks
1954–1958 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career BAA and NBA statistics
Points 5,245 (10.4 ppg)
Rebounds 2,782 (6.9 rpg)
Assists 964 (1.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jack Edward Nichols (April 9, 1926–December 24, 1992) was an American professional basketball player.

A 6'7" center who attended the University of Washington and the University of Southern California, Nichols played nine seasons (1948–1951;1952–1958) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Washington Capitols, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Milwaukee Hawks, and Boston Celtics. He scored 5,245 points in his career and was a contributor to the Celtics' 1957 NBA championship team. During his last 3 years with the Celtics, he attended Tufts Dental School full-time, earning his doctor of dentistry in 1958.

During his collegiate career, Nichols was named an all-conference player 5 seasons, twice with USC, and three times at UW (only player ever to achieve this). In 1948 he set the single game (39 points vs. Idaho) and single season scoring records for the Pacific Coast Conference. He was named a Helms Foundation All-American, and led the Huskies to the 1948 NCAA tournament by Beating Cal in a 3 game series.

Upon his retirement from professional basketball, Nichols served as the team dentist for the University of Washington and for the Seattle Sonics. Nichols has been inducted into the University of Washington Hall of Fame, the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame, and the Pac-10 Hall of Honor.

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