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Clyde E. Lovellette

Enshrined 1988
Petersburg, IN
Born: September 7, 1929

Biography

First to play on an NCAA, Olympic, AAU, and NBA championship team, Clyde Lovellette fostered the trend of tall, physical, and high-scoring centers. Under Hall of Fame coach Phog Allen, the 6-foot-9 center led the nation in scoring during his senior year at Kansas. As a pro, Lovellette became one of the first big men to move outside and utilize the one-handed set shot extending his shooting range and offensive repertoire. This tactic allowed him to play either the small forward, power forward ,or center positions, forcing the opposition's big man to play out of position. His eleven-year NBA career included stints with the Minneapolis Lakers, Cincinnati Royals, St. Louis Hawks, and Boston Celtics and he was an integral component of championships in Minneapolis (1954) and Boston (1963, 1964).

Career Highlights

All-America at Kansas, 1950, 1951, 1952
NCAA Championship, 1952
Helms Foundation College Player of the Year, 1952
Olympic Gold Medal, 1952