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Luc Longley
Position(s) Center
Jersey #(s) 13
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 292 lb (132 kg)
Born January 19, 1969 (1969-01-19) (age 41)
Melbourne, Victoria
Career information
Year(s) 19912001
NBA Draft 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7

Selected by Minnesota Timberwolves

College New Mexico
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     4,090
Rebounds     2,794
Assists     836
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards

Lucien James "Luc" Longley (born January 19, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria) is a retired Australian professional basketball player, who was the first Australian to play in the NBA. He attended college at the University of New Mexico. Known for his passing ability and free spirit, Longley drew comparisons to fellow redhead Bill Walton upon his entry into the NBA.

Longley was drafted 7th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1991. After two plus mediocre seasons with the struggling franchise, the 7'2" (218 cm) center was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Stacey King late in the 1993-94 season. He won three straight championships with the Bulls from 1996 to 1998 as a teammate of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman.

Following the break up of the championship Bulls in 1998, Chicago did a sign-and-trade deal with Longley, sending him to the Phoenix Suns for Mark Bryant, Martin Muursepp, Bubba Wells, and a conditional first-round draft pick. Longley spent two lackluster seasons with Phoenix, where he gained less attention for his play than for being stung twice by a scorpion while sitting on the floor of his home sorting through his CD collection.1 (Longley also had difficulties with bodysurfing - he managed to separate his shoulder and miss 18 games in 1997. [1]) He was traded to the New York Knicks prior to the 2000–01 NBA season in what was only the second four-team trade in NBA history. The Suns acquired Chris Dudley as part of the deal together with a first-round draft pick from New York and an undisclosed amount of cash, while New York received Longley, Glen Rice, Travis Knight, Vladimir Stepania, Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, two first-round draft picks (from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Seattle SuperSonics) and two second-round draft picks from Seattle. Seattle received Patrick Ewing and the Lakers received Horace Grant, Greg Foster, Chuck Person and Emanual Davis. Longley spent one year with New York before retiring. Longley averaged 7.20 points and 4.90 rebounds per game in his 567 regular season game NBA career. Longley played more NBA games than any other Australian and is widely regarded as one of the best Australian basketballers ever.

Longley attended Scotch College, Perth for the majority of his high schooling, was part-owner of the Perth Wildcats basketball club in the Australian National Basketball League for several years (he played 2 games for the club in 1986), and is currently the #1 ticket holder of the Fremantle Dockers in the Australian Football League.

On April 6, 2007, Longley's $2 million[1] home in Fremantle,[1] Western Australia, was destroyed by a fire.[2] It is believed much of Longley's memorabilia from his basketball career was lost, although his three championship rings may have been spared.[1]

In December 2009 Longley, who had participated in marine conservation efforts before, named a newly discovered shrimp species Lebbeus clarehanna after his 15-year-old daughter, Clare Hanna Longley.[3]

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