A tough day for the NBA, as one of the top centers of the 70’s and Hall of Famer, Bob Lanier, passed away at the age of 74.
Lanier was 2.08 meters tall, while in 1970 he was selected in No.1 of the NBA Draft by the Pistons, where he remained until the middle of the 1979/80 season and then was given to the Bucks in exchange.
He stayed there until 1984, when he ended his career. In total, he averaged 20.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 steals, while he was called up to 8 All Star Games.
Lanier wore the No.16 jersey to both the Pistons and the Bucks, while both teams have withdrawn it. In 1992 he entered the Hall of Fame, as a member of the 1992 class.
He remained on the basketball court after his retirement, as he was President of the Players’ Union, playing an important role in the first inter-club contract.