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Jul072009

Robert J. "Bob" Lanier

Enshrined 1992
Buffalo, NY
Born: September 10, 1948

Biography

With a sweeping left-hand hook and a dominating inside play Bob Lanier was one of the most-feared big men of his era. Opposing centers had to keep a watchful eye on Lanier because he had an equally imposing outside game. His sweet-shooting touch from the perimeter placed him in a rarified class of being a true inside/outside force This ability along with determination helped Lanier lead tiny St. Bonaventure University to the 1970 NCAA Final Four. The St. Bonaventure graduate holds school records for scoring (27.6 ppg) and rebounding (15.7 rpg). During his fourteen-year NBA career with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, he was the model of consistency. The number one choice of the Detroit Pistons (1970), Lanier was named to the NBA's All-Rookie team (1970).

Career Highlights

All-America at St. Bonaventure University, 1968, 1969, 1970
NCAA Final Four, 1970
Eight-time NBA All-Star, 1972-75, 1977-79, 1982
NBA's Walter J. Kennedy Citizenship Award, 1978