Bob Lanier (basketball)
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Lanier in 2004
September 10, 1948|
Buffalo, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Bennett (Buffalo, New York)|
|College||St. Bonaventure (1967–1970)|
|NBA draft||1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|1995||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||19,248 (20.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||9,698 (10.1 rpg)|
|Blocks||1,100 (1.5 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
Robert Jerry Lanier, Jr. (born September 10, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In his 14 NBA seasons, Lanier averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting a respectable 51.4 percent from the field. He played in eight NBA All-Star Games, and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1974 game. He has had his #16 jersey retired by both the Pistons and the Bucks.
Lanier was born in Buffalo, New York. Under coach Fred Szwejbka, he played at Buffalo's Bennett High School, where he graduated in 1966. He then played collegiately at St. Bonaventure University, in Allegany, New York.
Lanier was a three-time Converse All-America selection (1968–1970), and in 1970, he led St. Bonaventure to the NCAA Final Four. He injured his knee near the end of the regional championship game in a collision with Villanova's Chris Ford and did not participate in Bona's national semi-final loss to Jacksonville University and Artis Gilmore. That year he was named Coach and Athlete Magazine player of the year, and the ECAC Player of the Year.
Lanier was drafted number one overall by the National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons and was named to the All-Rookie Team for the 1970–71 season after averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Lanier became a star for Detroit, averaging more than 21 points per game for each of the next eight seasons, with a high mark of 25.7 PPG in the 1971–72 season, and more than 11 rebounds per game in seven straight seasons. Lanier's latter years in Detroit were marred by recurring injuries, as he never played more than 64 games in any of his last four seasons as a Piston.
The Pistons traded Lanier to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1980. In his five seasons with the Bucks, they won the division championship each year. The same year he retired, in 1984, he was awarded the Oscar Robertson Leadership Award.
Subsequent career, honors, and anecdotes
Lanier currently owns and operates Bob Lanier Enterprises, Inc., a promotional marketing company and is a member of the Proforma network.
At the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, visitors are able to compare the size of their foot to that of Lanier's. The largest shoe ever created by shoe company Allen Edmonds was a size 22 for Lanier.
The basketball court at Lanier's alma mater, St. Bonaventure, is named after him.
According to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lanier would smoke cigarettes during halftime breaks. Abdul-Jabbar would try to take advantage of this by forcing Lanier to run more during the second half. In the movie Airplane!, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also references Lanier when he says to little Bobby: "Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes."
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- List of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds
- "Robert J. "Bob" Lanier". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 15 February 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
- "Bennett Coach Inspired Lanier: NBA Great Points to Mentor", The Buffalo News, February 16, 1995
- "Bob Lanier Enterprises Joins Proforma". asicentral.com. The Advertising Specialty Institute. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- PBS News Hour, November 11, 2015