Jamaal Wilkes

Enshrined 2012
Berkeley, CA
Born: May 2, 1953


Smooth as Silk. There really was no better description of his game, his demeanor, his style. Jamaal Wilkes represented California basketball from the moment he stepped onto the floor to the day he retired as one of the game’s all-time great champions. At UCLA, he was a key player on the program’s 88-game win streak under legendary coach John Wooden. The streak included two undefeated runs to NCAA national championships in 1972 and 1973. Wilkes gave real meaning to the term student-athlete leaving UCLA as a three-time Academic All-America and graduating with a degree in economics. Success followed him to his next stop in the Golden State earning Rookie of the Year honors with the hometown Warriors. That same year Wilkes also won the first of four NBA championships. Silk was then an anchor on the early Showtime Lakers teams that won three NBA titles, in 1980, 1982, and 1985. A three-time All Star, he was an effective outside shooter with an unorthodox delivery that simply worked.

Career Highlights

Three-time NBA All Star, 1976, 1981, 1983
NBA Rookie of the Year, 1975
Associated Press First Team All-America, 1974
Three-time Academic All-America, 1972, 1973, 1974