Al Tucker

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Al Tucker
Personal information
Born (1943-02-24)February 24, 1943
Dayton, Ohio
Died May 7, 2001(2001-05-07) (aged 58)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Jefferson (Dayton, Ohio)
College Oklahoma Baptist (1964–1967)
NBA draft 1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 1967–1972
Position Small forward
Number 33, 23, 16, 35, 12
Career history
19671969 Seattle SuperSonics
1969 Cincinnati Royals
1969–1970 Chicago Bulls
19701971 Baltimore Bullets
19711972 The Floridians
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 3,541 (10.1 ppg)
Rebounds 1,740 (4.9 rpg)
Assists 342 (1.0 apg)
Stats at

Albert Ames[1][2] Tucker Jr. (February 24, 1943 – May 7, 2001) was an American professional basketball player. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Tucker is sometimes credited with inventing the alley-oop with his brother Gerald while at Oklahoma Baptist University.[3][4]


A 6'8" forward from Oklahoma Baptist University, Tucker played four seasons (1967–1971) in the National Basketball Association and one season (1971–1972) in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics, Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Bullets, and The Floridians. He averaged 10.1 points per game in his career and earned NBA All-Rookie Honors at the end of the 1967–68 NBA season.

Tucker is notable as the Seattle SuperSonics' first ever NBA draft pick, selected sixth overall in the 1967 NBA draft. Tucker was also selected in the 1967 ABA Draft by the Oakland Oaks.

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