Carl Nicks (basketball)

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Carl Nicks
Personal information
Born (1958-10-06) October 6, 1958 (age 59)
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)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career 1980–1989
Position Point guard
Number 3, 12, 22, 24
Career history
1980 Denver Nuggets
19801982 Utah Jazz
1981–1982 Billings Volcanos
1983 Cleveland Cavaliers
1983–1984 Toronto Tornados
1984–1985 Saint-Étienne
1985–1987 BC Oostende
1987–1989 ASPO Tours
Stats at

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

Basketball career[edit]

A graduate of Chicago's Englewood High School, 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 to 1989.

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 19.3 ppg, 5 apg, 3.5 rpg and 1.8 spg 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. After retiring as a player, he coached alongside Bill Hodges, his former head coach at Indiana State, at Mercer University and then settled in Indianapolis and beginning a career at Methodist Hospital. In 2005, he was hired as a college scout by the Indiana Pacers; in 2014, he was promoted to manager – player relations with the Indiana Pacers.[1]

In 2007, Nicks was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference as one of the Missouri Valley Conference's "50 Greatest" Players and was also inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame (as an individual), having been inducted earlier as part of the 1979–80 men's basketball team.

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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