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George Lynch
Small forward/power forward
Born September 3, 1970 (1970-09-03) (age 39)
Roanoke, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 218 lb (99 kg)
College North Carolina
Draft 12th overall, 1993
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1993–2005
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers (1993–1996)
Vancouver Grizzlies (1996–1998)
Philadelphia 76ers (1998–2001)
Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (2001–2005)

George DeWitt Lynch III (born September 3, 1970, in Roanoke, Virginia) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA. He holds the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball record for most career steals.

After leading the University of North Carolina to an NCAA title in 1993, he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 12th overall pick in that year's NBA Draft. With the Lakers, he wore three different jersey numbers - #24, #30 and #9. Lynch was traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies along with Anthony Peeler in 1996 in order to open up salary cap space in order to sign Shaquille O'Neal. He joined the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent in 1999.

It was with Theo Ratliff, Tyrone Hill, Eric Snow, and coach Larry Brown that he helped form one of the better defenses in the league.

After playing with the 76ers for three seasons, he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in a three-way trade also involving Derrick Coleman, Jerome Moiso, Robert Traylor, and Vonteego Cummings, among others, in 2001, retiring after 2004-05.

On December 20, 2006, he joined the Southern Methodist University men's basketball staff under head coach Matt Doherty, who was part of North Carolina Tar Heels 1981-1982 NCAA championship team (thus, both played for coach Dean Smith). Lynch became the team's administrative assistant/graduate manager.[1]


  1. ^ George Lynch joins SMU men's basketball staff

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