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Bob Lanier
Bob Lanier
Position(s) Center
Jersey #(s) 16
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Born September 10, 1948 (1948-09-10) (age 61)
Buffalo, New York, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1970–1984
NBA Draft 1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College St. Bonaventure
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     19,248
Rebounds     9,698
Blocks     1,100
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Robert Jerry "Bob" Lanier, Jr. (born September 10, 1948), nicknamed The Dobber, is a retired American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA.



Lanier was born in Buffalo, New York. He played competitively at Buffalo's Bennett High School where he graduated in 1966, and collegiately at St. Bonaventure University, in Olean, 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, however, he was injured late in the regional championship game and did not participate in Bona's national semi-final loss to Artis Gilmore-led Jacksonville University. 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 following the 1970-71 season. He starred for Detroit until being traded 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.

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. Lanier was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and had his #16 jersey retired by both the Pistons and the Bucks.

In 1994-95, he became interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors for 37 games after Don Nelson stood down, in which he compiled a 12-25 win-loss record.

During Lanier's NBA career, he had the largest feet of any player, requiring a size 22 shoe. Lanier could be seen showing his large feet in Miller Lite beer television ads from the 1980s which co-starred notable sports personalities including Bob Uecker, Sparky Lyle and John Madden. His oversized shoe was also on display aboard the American Freedom Train, which toured the country during the 1976 United States Bicentennial.

At the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, visitors are able to compare the size of their foot to that of Lanier's.

The basketball court at Lanier's alma mater, St. Bonaventure, is named after him.

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Preceded by
Lew Alcindor
NBA first overall draft pick
1970 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Austin Carr
Preceded by
Dave Cowens
NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Walt Frazier
Preceded by
Don Nelson
Golden State Warriors Head Coach
Succeeded by
Rick Adelman
Preceded by
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Lee Evans
Calvin Hill
William C. Hurd
Leroy Keyes
Jim Ryun
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 1995
Lesley Bush
Larry Echohawk
Kwaku Ohene-Frempong
Bob Lanier
Mike Phipps
Mike Reid
Succeeded by
Marty Liquori
Thomas Lewis Lyons
Cliff Meely
Kurt L. Schmoke
Joe Theismann
Jack Youngblood
Preceded by
Paul Silas
NBA Players Association President
Succeeded by
Junior Bridgeman


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