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Sidney Wicks
Position(s) Power forward/center
Jersey #(s)
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Born September 19, 1949 (1949-09-19) (age 60)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Career information
Year(s) 1971–1981
NBA Draft 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
College UCLA
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     12,803
Rebounds     6,620
Assists     2,437
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards

Sidney Wicks (born September 19, 1949) is a retired American basketball player. A native of California, he played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins and played professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1971 to 1981. In the NBA he played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, and San Diego Clippers, earning NBA Rookie of the Year in 1972 as well as four all-star selections.

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Early life

Sidney Wicks was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 19, 1949.[1] He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, but because of poor grades in high school, he had to go to Santa Monica College for a year until he could go to his preferred university, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Wicks later earned Academic All-America honors at UCLA in 1971.

A 6'8" power forward/center, Wicks was a star at UCLA, leading the Bruins to three straight NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships from 1969 to 1971, and being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four in 1970. He earned a degree in sociology from the school.[2]

Professional career

The Portland Trail Blazers selected Wicks with the second pick of the 1971 NBA Draft after paying the Cleveland Cavaliers $250,000 not to select him,[2] and the Dallas Chaparrals chose him in the 1971 ABA Draft.[1] After averaging 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, Wicks was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He also played in the NBA All-Star Game that season.[1]

Wicks played for the Trail Blazers from 1971 to 1976, earning a total of four selections as an All-Star (1972-1975) and averaging over 20 points per game each of his first four seasons.[1] He holds the Blazer's franchise record for rebounds in a game with 27,[3] and averaged 22.3 points per game and 10.3 rebounds a game in his five years with the team.[2]

In October 1976 he was sold to the Boston Celtics and played for them from 1976 to 1978.[2] Wicks then went to the San Diego Clippers and played there from 1978 until his retirement following the 1981 NBA season.[1] Overall, Wicks averaged 16.8 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game over ten seasons and 760 games.[1] He had four seasons averaging over 20 points per game, and four seasons averaging over 10 rebounds per game, with accomplishing both of those feats in the same season three times (1971-72, 1972-73, and 1974-75).[1] His scoring average dropped every year after his rookie season.[2] Following his NBA career he played one season in Italy.[2]

Later years and family

Following his playing career, he lived for a year in Italy before returning to the United States.[2] He served as an assistant coach at UCLA during Walt Hazzard's four years as head coach.[4] Following coaching he entered the real estate field, living in Atlanta, Florida, and Los Angeles.[2] He was married from 1973 to 1979 and has one daughter, Sibahn Epps.[2] As of 2006, he lived in North Carolina and LA.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g DatabaseBasketball.com Sidney Wicks page
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Eggers, Kerry (February 17, 2006). "Wicks keeps NBA life in past". The Portland Tribune. http://www.portlandtribune.com/sports/story.php?story_id=33939. Retrieved 2009-07-10.  
  3. ^ Eggers, Kerry (March 25, 2008). "Star on home court". The Portland Tribune. http://www.portlandtribune.com/sports/story_2nd.php?story_id=120639645572259000. Retrieved 2009-07-10.  
  4. ^ JERRY CROWE, "In time of great change, Sidney Wicks helped UCLA stay the same", Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2009

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Preceded by
Lew Alcindor
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
(men's)

1970
Succeeded by
Howard Porter (later declared ineligible)
Preceded by
Geoff Petrie, Dave Cowens (tie)
NBA
Rookie of the Year

1972
Succeeded by
Bob McAdoo
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