Lacey in 1971
March 8, 1948|
|Died||March 14, 2014
Kansas City, Missouri
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Gentry (Indianola, Mississippi)|
|College||New Mexico State (1967–1970)|
|NBA draft||1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Cincinnati Royals|
|Number||44, 40, 52|
|1970–1981||Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha Kings|
|1981–1982||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||10,303 (10.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||9,687 (9.7 rpg)|
|Blocks||1,160 (1.5 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Samuel "Sam" Lacey (March 8, 1948 – March 14, 2014) was an American basketball player.
Lacey was a 6'10" center who played college basketball at New Mexico State University. The Aggies had a combined record of 74–14 during his three seasons there. In the 1969–70 post-season, he and star guard Jimmy Collins led the Aggies to their first and only Final Four appearance. The Aggies defeated Rice University, Kansas State University and Drake University before falling to eventual national champion UCLA. However, the Aggies won the third-place game over St. Bonaventure to finish 27–3. Lacey earned first-team All-American honors from Basketball News.
In 2007–08, Lacey was among the first inductees into the Aggies Ring of Honor. As of 2014, Lacey still holds many New Mexico State rebounding records for both single seasons and career.
Lacey was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1970 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals. He played 13 seasons (1970–1983) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Royals, Kansas City Kings, New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged over 10 rebounds per game in his first six seasons, and was the NBA's third leading rebounder in the 1974–75 season. Lacey's most productive NBA season came in 1973–74 when he averaged 14.2 points and 13.4 rebounds per game. He was named an All-Star in 1975, and finished the season averaging 11.5 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.
Lacey is one of only five NBA players (along with Hakeem Olajuwon, Julius Erving, David Robinson and Ben Wallace) to have registered 100 blocks and 100 steals in six consecutive seasons. His #44 jersey was retired by the Sacramento Kings. He is also one of three NBA players (along with Wes Unseld and Reggie Evans) to total at least 30 rebounds and fewer than 10 points in the first two games of the season.
- List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played
- List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders
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