|Born||October 19, 1955|
|Died||July 8, 2018 (aged 62)|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Foothill (Bakersfield, California)|
|College||Oregon State (1973–1976)|
|NBA draft||1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1976–1978||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||8,049 (12.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,136 (6.1 rpg)|
|Assists||1,459 (2.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Lonnie Jewel Shelton (October 19, 1955 – July 8, 2018) was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player who played from 1976 to 1985.
Shelton played college basketball for Oregon State University. He was drafted by the Memphis Sounds (soon to become the Baltimore Claws) of the American Basketball Association in 1975 but elected to stay in college. He was then selected by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft.
Shelton led the NBA in personal fouls in his first two seasons with New York. After the Knicks obtained free agent Marvin Webster from the SuperSonics in 1978, the NBA awarded Shelton and the Knicks’ 1979 first-round pick to Seattle as compensation.
In 1979, his first season with the SuperSonics, Shelton was the team's starting power forward. That season, he set a SuperSonics record by going 13 for 13 from the field in a game (17 total consecutive field goals), and helped the SuperSonics win the NBA Finals. Shelton was one of three SuperSonics represented in the 1982 NBA All-Star Game (along with Jack Sikma and Gus Williams) and was named to the NBA's 1982 2nd All-Defense Team. Shelton played five seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics and finishing his career playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons.
Shelton's sons include L. J., who played offensive tackle in the NFL, Tim Shelton, who played for the San Diego State Aztecs basketball team, Titus Shelton, who played for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs basketball team from 2005–2009, and Marlon, who played for the Washington Huskies from 1998 to 2003. He has multiple grandchildren.
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|
|†||Denotes season in which Shelton won an NBA championship|
- Condotta, Bob (July 9, 2018), "Lonnie Shelton, starter for Sonics' 1979 NBA title team, dies at age 62", The Seattle Times
- SONICS: Lonnie Shelton: Unfair Compensation. National Basketball Association
- SONICS: Sonics History Top Ten: Sonics Sons. National Basketball Association
- Dan Raley (February 12, 2003) "Body art covers eight Huskies". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/lonnie-shelton-a-key-player-for-the-seattle-supersonics-championship-team-and-nba-all-star-dead-at-62/. Missing or empty