August 17, 1933|
|Died||April 23, 2017
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||Watsonville (Watsonville, California)|
|College||Santa Clara (1951–1955)|
|NBA draft||1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Position||Power forward, Small forward|
|Number||12, 20, 17|
|1955–1961||New York Knicks|
|1961–1962||San Francisco Saints|
|1962||New York Knicks|
|1962–1964||San Francisco Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,355 (13.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,142 (7.8 rpg)|
|Assists||843 (1.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kenneth Robert Sears (August 17, 1933 – April 23, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. He holds the distinction of being the first basketball player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, appearing on the December 20, 1954 issue.
A 6'9" forward from Santa Clara University, Sears played eight seasons (1955–1961, 1962–1964) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the New York Knicks and San Francisco Warriors. He averaged 13.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in his NBA career, appearing as an NBA All-Star in 1958 and 1959. Sears also led the NBA in field goal percentage twice (1959, 1960).
- FitzGerald, Tom. (2017-04-24). "Former Santa Clara, NBA forward Ken Sears dies at 83". SFGATE.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
- "Men’s Basketball Hall of Famer Passes Away". Santa Clara Athletics. 2017-04-24. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
- NBA career statistics. Retrieved 31 May 2007.
- History of the American Basketball League. Retrieved 31 May 2007.
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