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World B. Free
Position(s) Point guard, Shooting guard
Jersey #(s) 21, 24, 12
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Born Lloyd Bernard Free
December 9, 1953 (1953-12-09) (age 56)
Atlanta, Georgia U.S.
Career information
Year(s) 1975–1988
College Guilford
Professional team(s)
Philadelphia 76ers (1975–1978)
San Diego Clippers (1979–1980)
Golden State Warriors (1980–1982)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1982–1986)
Miami Tropics (USBL) (1986–1987)
Houston Rockets (1987–1988)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     17,955 (20.3 ppg)
Assists     3,319 (3.7 apg)
Rebounds     2,430 (2.7 rpg)
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Career highlights and awards
  • NAIA Tournament Champs - Guilford College, 1972
  • NAIA Tournament MVP - 1972
  • USBL Champions - Miami Tropics 1986-87
  • 1980 NBA All-Star Game Selection
  • 1978-79 All-NBA Second Team selection

World B. Free (born Lloyd Bernard Free on December 9, 1953 in Atlanta, Georgia)[1] is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1975-1988. Free was known as the "Prince of Midair" as well as "All-World".


Early years

Free attended Canarsie High School in Brooklyn, New York before attending Guilford College in North Carolina. As a freshman he led Guilford's basketball team and helped the team win the NAIA National Championship and was named MVP of the NAIA Tournament.

Professional career

He played for the San Diego Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association. He got his name from his days in Brooklyn, where a friend nicknamed him "World" because of his 44-inch vertical leaps and 360-degree dunks. He was known for taking high-risk shots and playing flamboyantly.

For both the 1978-79 and 1979-80 campaigns, George Gervin and Free were number 1 and 2 in the league in scoring. Free averaged 20.3 points per game over 13 seasons in the NBA. His best season was 1979-80 with the Clippers, averaging 30.2 points per game, as well as 4.2 assists per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in 68 games. He was an All-Star that season as well.

Free also played in the United States Basketball League (USBL) for the Miami Tropics. He was USBL Man of The Year in 1986 and the Miami Tropics won the championship. His USBL stint took place the summer before Free went to the Houston Rockets for the 1987-88 season, which was his last NBA season. For Free, the highlight of that season was November 12, 1987, when he scored 38 points against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena and brought the Rockets back to win the game.

Name change

In 1980, he had his first name legally changed to World.

Current life

Currently, Free is director of player development and a community ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers.[2] Among other things, he greets fans at 76ers home games in his flamboyant/colorful wardrobe. World has also led the Sixers' "Summer Hoops Tour". On November 30, 2005, World B. Free was honored as a Cleveland Cavaliers Legend at halftime of the Cavaliers game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Dick Vitale often uses his name in college basketball season previews to give the award for best name.


  1. ^ "World B. Free". Retrieved 2008-01-22.  
  2. ^ Sixers Front Office. Retrieved on December 20, 2009.

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