John Wetzel

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John Wetzel
Personal information
Born (1944-10-22) October 22, 1944 (age 70)
Waynesboro, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Wilson Memorial
(Fishersville, Virginia)
College Virginia Tech (1963–1966)
NBA draft 1966 / Round: 8 / Pick: 75th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1967–1976
Position Small forward / Guard
Number 24, 25, 33
Career history
As player:
1967–1968 Los Angeles Lakers
19701972 Phoenix Suns
19721975 Atlanta Hawks
1975–1976 Phoenix Suns
As coach:
1987–1988 Phoenix Suns
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,215 (3.4 ppg)
Rebounds 682 (1.9 rpg)
Assists 494 (1.4 apg)
Stats at

John Francis Wetzel (born October 22, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. A 6'5" guard, he played collegiately at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 8th round of the 1966 NBA Draft. Over a seven-year career, Wetzel played for three teams: the Lakers, the Phoenix Suns, and the Atlanta Hawks. He later coached the Suns during the 1987-88 NBA season. He served as an assistant for several other teams, retiring from basketball in 2004. Wetzel currently splits time in Tucson, Arizona and Maui, Hawaii.


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