Naulls from 1956 UCLA yearbook
October 7, 1934|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||San Pedro (San Pedro, California)|
|NBA draft||1956 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the St. Louis Hawks|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||33, 6, 71, 12|
|1956||St. Louis Hawks|
|1956–1962||New York Knicks|
|1962–1963||San Francisco Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||11,305 (15.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||6,508 (9.1 rpg)|
|Assists||1,114 (1.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
After becoming an All-American playing at UCLA, Naulls was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in 1956. He spent just 19 games with the Hawks, however, before being traded to the New York Knicks, with whom he would spend most of his career. He averaged a double-double (19.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game) during his seven-year tenure with the team, and he appeared as an NBA All-Star four times. While with the Knicks, Naulls was also the first African-American player to be named captain of a major professional sports team.
During the 1962–63 NBA season, the Knicks traded Naulls to the San Francisco Warriors, who then traded him to the Boston Celtics. Naulls spent his last three professional seasons with the Celtics, winning three NBA Championship rings in the process. He was a member of the 1964–1965 Celtics team that was named one of the ten best teams in the NBA at the 50th anniversary of the association. Upon retiring in 1966, he had tallied 11,305 career points and 6,508 career rebounds.
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