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'72 Jerry West

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6'2" (187cm)
175lbs (79kg)
Mr. Clutch
P&R Ball Handler Mid Range 3 PT Isolation

Hot Zones


'72 Jerry West opal card

99 Overall

3902 Total attr.

99 Outside scoring

  • 98 Shot close
  • 99 Shot mid
  • 99 Shot 3pt
  • 99 Shot IQ
  • 97 Free throw
  • 99 Offensive consistency

96 Inside scoring

  • 98 Driving layup
  • 85 Standing dunk
  • 95 Driving dunk
  • 98 Draw foul
  • 81 Post moves
  • 84 Post hook
  • 96 Post fade
  • 99 Hands

97 Athleticism

  • 98 Speed
  • 97 Acceleration
  • 96 Vertical
  • 93 Strength
  • 99 Stamina
  • 98 Hustle
  • 80 Overall durability

98 Playmaking

  • 99 Speed with ball
  • 98 Ball handle
  • 99 Passing accuracy
  • 97 Passing vision
  • 98 Passing IQ

97 Defending

  • 84 Interior defense
  • 99 Perimeter defense
  • 98 Help defense IQ
  • 96 Pick & roll defense IQ
  • 98 Lateral quickness
  • 99 Pass perception
  • 96 Reaction time
  • 98 Steal
  • 80 Block
  • 96 Shot contest
  • 99 Defensive consistency

91 Rebounding

  • 90 Offensive rebound
  • 92 Defensive rebound



Boosts the ability to hit high degree of difficulty layups

Consistent Finisher

Provides more explosive first steps out of tripple threat and size-ups

Contact Finisher

Improves the ability to convert contact layups and dunks in traffi

Cross-Key Scorer

Boosts the shot percentage for layups when moving across the paint

Fancy Footwork

Improves a player's ability to beat defenders with an advanced layup or dunk gather

Fastbreak Finisher

Boosts player's Takeover meter when completing a dunk on a fastbreak

Giant Slayer

Heightens the effectiveness of layups over taller defenders

Pro Touch

Gives an additional boost for having good layup timing

Relentless Finisher

Reduces the fatigue effects from continually finishing at the rim with contact

Slithery Finisher

Improves a player's ability to avoid contact when attacking the rim

Tear Dropper

Increases the chance of hitting floaters and runners

Lob City Finisher

Improves the chances of completing a successfull alley-oop dunk/layup

Putback Boss

Increases shot percentage when attempting a putback after an offensive rebound


Boosts team's Takeover meters after completing a highlight play


Catch & Shoot

Boosts the chance of hitting a jump shot immediately after a catch

Clutch Shooter

Increases the ability to knock down shots in clutch moments

Corner Specialist

Gives a boost to shots taken near the corner


Reduces the impact of a defender who is closing out

Difficult Shots

Improves the ability to shoot difficult shots off the dribble

Flexible Release

Reduces the penalty suffered from mis-timed jump shot releases

Green Machine

Increases the bonus given for consecutive excellent releases

Hot Start

Improves player's shooting ability after making first shot until a miss occurs

Hot Zone Hunter

Boosts the shot percentage for attempts taken in a player's favorite spots

Ice In Veins

Improves a player's free throw percentage during the critical moments

Pump Fake Maestro

Decreases the penalty that comes from shooting after pump fakes

Quick Draw

Speeds up the release of a jump shot

Range Extender

Extends the range from which a player can effectively shoot

Slippery Off-Ball

Strengthens the player's ability to get the open off the ball

Tireless Shooter

Improves a player's ability to make shots when fatigued

Volume Shooter

Boosts shot percentages as shot attempts accrue throughout the game

Deep Fades

Improves the chance of making a post fadeaway from deep range

Pick & Popper

Elevates the shot percentage for an attempt taken off a pick and fade situation


Ankle Breaker

Improves the likelihood of freezing or dropping a defender during dribble moves

Bail Out

Increases the chances of successfully completing a pass from mid-air

Break Starter

Improves a player's ability to make effective outlet passes after grabbing a rebound


Boosts the shot percentage for open teammates on jump shots after catching a pass


Increases overall speed with the ball in transition

Flashy Passer

Gives an additional boost to player's Takeover meter after completing an assist with a flashy pass

Floor General

Teammates receive an offensive attribute bonus when player is in the game

Handles For Days

Reduces the amount of energy lost when performing dribble moves

Lob City Passer

Improves the chances of completing a successful alley-oop pass

Needle Threader

Increases the likelihood that tough passes can get by the defense

Pass Fake Maestro

Increases the effectiveness of pass fakes

Quick First Step

Provides more explosive first steps out of tripple threat and size-ups

Space Creator

Improves a player's ability to create space from defender

Stop & Go

Improves a player's ability to start and stop with the ball

Tight Handles

Improves a player's ability to break down their defender


Reduces the chances of getting stripped by the defender



Boosts the ability to stay in front of the ball handler on the perimeter

Heart Crusher

Decreases opponents' Takeover meters when achieving a highlight play on defense


Increases chances at getting steals in passing lanes


Intimidates offensive players causing them to miss shots more often

Lightning Reflexes

Receives an earlier cue on the Read and React system while playing defense

Off-Ball Pest

Improves a player's ability to bump and harass the offense off the ball

Pick Dodger

Improves a player's ability to navigate through screens effectively on defense

Pick Pocket

Improves a player's ability to steal the ball from a ball handler

Pogo Stick

Improves the ability to attempt multiple blocks in succession

Rebound Chaser

Improves a player's ability to chase down rebounds

Tireless Defender

Reduces energy lost when exerting efforts on defense


Makes life difficult for the offensive players when trapped

Defensive Leader

Boosts the defensive abilities of teammates when in the game

Moving Truck

Strengthens a defender's ability to move people around in the post


Allows rebounders to swim or spin around box outs more easily


Alpha Dog

Enhances the ability to rally teammates

Laid Back

Chill player who is not easily riled


  • 40 Standing dunk
  • 95 Driving dunk
  • 95 Flashy dunk
  • 0 Alley-oop
  • 23 Putback dunk
  • 63 Crash


  • 25 Driving layup
  • 87 Spin layup
  • 78 Hop step layup
  • 85 Euro step layup
  • 85 Floater

Jump shooting

  • 78 Step through shot
  • 36 Shot under basket
  • 35 Shot close
  • 4 Shot close left
  • 2 Shot close middle
  • 3 Shot close right
  • 95 Shot mid
  • 40 Spot up shot mid
  • 20 Off screen shot mid
  • 0 Shot 3pt
  • 0 Spot up shot 3pt
  • 0 Off screen shot 3pt
  • 94 Contested jumper mid
  • 0 Contested jumper 3pt
  • 15 Stepback jumper mid
  • 0 Stepback jumper 3pt
  • 15 Spin jumper
  • 0 Transition pull up 3pt
  • 0 Drive pull up 3pt
  • 10 Drive pull up mid
  • 50 Use glass

Drive setup

  • 97 Triple threat pump fake
  • 93 Triple threat jab step
  • 2 Triple threat idle
  • 90 Triple threat shoot
  • 47 Setup with sizeup
  • 81 Setup with hesitation
  • 22 No setup dribble


  • 85 Drive
  • 85 Spot up drive
  • 85 Off screen drive
  • 75 Drive right
  • 61 Driving crossover
  • 43 Driving spin
  • 10 Driving step back
  • 0 Driving half spin
  • 30 Driving double crossover
  • 50 Driving behind the back
  • 15 Driving dribble hesitation
  • 90 Driving in and out
  • 70 No driving dribble move
  • 91 Attack strong on drive


  • 85 Shoot
  • 90 Touches
  • 75 Roll vs. pop
  • 0 Transition spot up
  • 0 Iso vs. elite defender
  • 0 Iso vs. good defender
  • 0 Iso vs. average defender
  • 0 Iso vs. poor defender
  • 99 Play discipline

Post game

  • 0 Post up
  • 0 Post shimmy shot
  • 0 Post face up
  • 0 Post back down
  • 0 Post aggressive backdown
  • 0 Shoot from post
  • 0 Post hook left
  • 50 Post hook right
  • 50 Post fade left
  • 50 Post fade right
  • 0 Post up and under
  • 0 Post hop shot
  • 0 Post step back shot
  • 0 Post drive
  • 0 Post spin
  • 0 Post drop step
  • 0 Post hop step


  • 94 Dish to open man
  • 40 Flashy pass
  • 35 Alley oop pass


  • 99 Pass interception
  • 95 Take charge
  • 99 On-ball steal
  • 99 Contest shot
  • 99 Block shot
  • 10 Foul
  • 10 Hard foul

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    In 1969 the lakers lost to the Celtics in the finals and Jerry West became finals MVP on the losing team averaging 38 points, 5 rebounds and 7.5 assists #randomstats.


    Only player who lost and got a Finals MVP I think



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    i remember during the finals in 2018 or 17 lebron was in the talk of winning the second ever loser of finals yet winner of finals mvp


    He was really good but J.R kind of ruined it


    yeah remember when he sent the game to OT


    Means how bad the competition was.

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    Yeah it’s not like the Celtics has a starting five of HOF


    11 hof on the entire team


    Shutup nobody asked boomer


    nobody cares


    About u

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    Stop. Lonzo lovers are just toxic. Let him be. Let him just give Lonzo a blowjob.






    I don’t think anyone is dumb enough to get rickrolled in 2020.


    Unfortunately, I must report that comment above, as it classifies as "spam" because you are not allowed to post links to other websites. Try to follow the rules of this site next time please


    Wow, I'm sorry "Spam" Ok ok, I'm sorry, yes. I spam. I came on the website today and I "spam." I understand. Totally. Like I really understand those words coming from a guy who says Syracuse is the best college ever. It isn't like he goes on EVERY card and says "SYRACUSE IS THE BEST." Yes, I made a meme. What I can't do that now. Cause you say the Carmelo is the greatest of all time. Oh oh hold on. He also said MCW is one of the 13 best players of all time. Yes. Of course I "spam."


    Did you guys know that Jerry West was below 15 games away from winning the championships the Celtics won in the 60s. #RandomFacts @Kaws I got you bro


    my random facts are better


    Yeah you go into detail about the whole career. Totally did not copy and paste a whole page

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    nobody cares


    About you @YourMissingGOKawhi

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    Just like Lonzo’s career and hype. That’s why he plays on a team which stands for NOLA


    Did you know that he has a wingspan of 6'9 #randomwingspans


    2k needs to update this guys height from 6'2 to 6'4


    you are right, he played forward in college and you can tell from his back to the bucket point -forward form of ball handling. you can see his career transition to a point-forward outlet averaging near 8 rebounds his 1st two years to the outlet receiver and fastbreak floor general later averaging over 9 assists in several years. his defensive matchup vs the Bucks was the 6'5 point-forward Oscar Robertson instead of the conventional shorter pg the Bucks ran with Oscar


    Jerry West is 6'2. The guy who 2k needs to change his height is Spida Mitchell. No cap.


    Jerry West said in an interview that's he's 6'4. BTW, what's Donovan's actual height?

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    In the Current Series 1 And his Moments card Week 3 it says he is 6'3 when he actually is 6'1


    Let’s go the Logo gets his well deserved opal


    Took 2k long enough


    he's one of the most underrated players and basketball geniuses in bball history. his arms were as long as Wilts and he was more athletic than people think, easily reaching the top of the box in warmups at age 35. he was also 6'4, his listed height was a typo he admitted just never cared to ask and fix it


    he doesn't deserve this


    Oh just like Lonzo doesn't deserve to make an all star game in his career. Let alone a good jumpshot. He looks like he is drowning when he shoots a free throw.

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    Lonzo does deserve to be in the all-star game dumbass


    Hmm... But does he have a jumpshot good enought to get there. That is the question.




    Ok Drunk ass.


    ok doomer


    How many licks on Lonzo's dick does it take for this man to shut up.


    will 2k ever change his height to 6'4


    it was a typo which he admitted he didnt care enough to ask and fix it and now we all suffer



    did you know that the nba denies that jerry west is the logo for the nba yet the person who made the logo has openly said its jerry #fillinginforkaws


    How much does he cost


    95k buyout or so


    probably cheaper bids, though


    500 mt since he is TRASH


    Trash like Syracuse Orange.

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    Nope, trash like Jerry West


    I'm sorry who is in the Naismith Hall of Fame and played at Syracuse.




    Says the guy who sits on a couch all day and masturbates to a picture of Carmelo in his glory days with the Nuggets.


    How much mt is he on ps4


    the man who gave wilt his ring.


    Wilt won a ring in 1967.


    they never won any ring


    There should be a NBA logo edition card of Jerry West


    Top 10 players with The Most Game-Winning Buzzer-Beaters In NBA History
    10) andre iguodala
    9) gilbert arenas
    8) vince carter
    7) kevin garnett
    6) dwayne wade
    5) paul pierce
    4) lebron james
    3) joe Johnson
    2) kobe bryant
    1) Michael jordan
    And only paul pierce and Vince has an buzzer beater card
    Very disrespectful to these players



    Lower Base: Jerry West
    Upper Release: Jerry West
    Contested: Normal
    Free Throw: Free Throw 68
    Leaner: Normal
    Spin Jumper: Normal 2
    Hop Jumper: Normal 6


    Post Fade: Fade 1
    Post Hook: Hook 1
    Post Hop Shot: Post Hop Shot 10
    Post Shimmy Fade: Shimmy Fade 1
    Post Spin Shot: Small

    Dribble Moves

    Dribble Style: Quick
    Size Up Packages: Pro 6
    Moving Crossover: Pro 7
    Moving Behind The Back: Pro 5
    Moving Spin: Pro 7
    Moving Hesitation: Pro 7
    Triple Threat Style: Normal 1


    Dominant Hand; Right
    Dominant Dunk Hand: Right


    Layup Package: Long Athlete
    Go To Dunk: Straight Arm Tomahawks
    Dunk Pack 1: Cоck Back Tomahawks
    Dunk Pack 2: Back Scratchers off one
    Dunk Pack 3: Basic Two handers off one
    Dunk Pack 4: Side Arm Tomahawks
    Dunk Pack 5: Athletic One handers off one
    Dunk Pack 6: Back Scratchers off two
    Dunk Pack 7: Basic Hangs off two
    Dunk Pack 8: Back Scratching Rim Hangs
    Dunk Pack 9; Clutch reverses off Two
    Dunk Pack 10; Clutch reverses off One
    Dunk Pack 11: Side Windmills


    He is on the nba logo!!


    when jerry west gets more card than anthony edwards...


    yes. the logo.


    how are his shooting animations, i just dunk with him


    well well. 2k tried their best to make a 6'2 point guard usable.


    Is kawhi the best SG in game beside the GOAT jordan? or others player suggests? I currently hv 1 million MT, wish to buy the best SG for my lineup. Thankyou.


    How can speed with ball is Faster than speed?


    Can u help me, idk what to do now, btw I don't have much MT (I can't afford any GOAT or something w that price) THANKS :)


    Who’s this bum


    Exactly bro he looks like he should be doing my taxes not playing basketball.


    This dude is so overrated. If I played in his era id be averaging 70 a night.


    probably the most overrated player of all time


    Nah, thats michael jordan


    doesn't deserve this





    I don't think anybody will upvote someone who is a fan of a college whos mascot is the annoying orange. Nobody likes that stuff. Plus who is the best player to come out of there. Oh I know, dumb Carmelo Anthony. You know nobody wants him anymore. He woas good for five seasons then fell out. Maybe try other colleges to look for good players. Try Duke. Maybe North Caroline can work to. But not a basketball team that takes up half of a college football stadium.


    Random Facts:

    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938)[3][4] is an American basketball executive and former player. During his active career West played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His nicknames included Mr. Clutch, for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks; The Logo, in reference to his silhouette being incorporated into the NBA logo; Mr. Outside, in reference to his perimeter play with the Los Angeles Lakers; and Zeke from Cabin Creek, for the creek near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia. West played the small forward position early in his career, and he was a standout at East Bank High School and at West Virginia University, where he led the Mountaineers to the 1959 NCAA championship game. He earned the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honor despite the loss. He then embarked on a 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and was the co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, a squad that was inducted as a unit into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

    West's NBA career was highly successful. Playing the guard position, he was voted 12 times into the All-NBA First and Second Teams, was elected into the NBA All-Star Team 14 times, and was chosen as the All-Star MVP in 1972, the same year that he won the only title of his career. West holds the NBA record for the highest points per game average in a playoff series with 46.3. He was also a member of the first five NBA All-Defensive Teams (one second, followed by four firsts), which were introduced when he was 32 years old. Having played in nine NBA Finals, he is also the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP despite being on the losing team (1969). West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

    After his playing career ended, West took over as head coach of the Lakers for three years. He led Los Angeles into the playoffs each year and earned a Western Conference Finals berth once. Working as a player-scout for three years, West was named general manager of the Lakers before the 1982–83 NBA season. Under his reign, Los Angeles won six championship rings. In 2002, West became general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and helped the franchise win their first-ever playoff berths. For his contributions, West won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice, once as a Lakers manager (1995) and then as a Grizzlies manager (2004). West's son, Jonnie, played college basketball for West Virginia.

    1 Early life
    1.1 East Bank High School
    2 College career
    3 Professional career
    3.1 Los Angeles Lakers
    3.1.1 Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside
    3.1.2 Leader of the Lakers
    3.1.3 Arrival of Wilt Chamberlain
    3.1.4 Late success and twilight years
    4 Coaching and executive career
    4.1 Lakers
    4.2 Post-Lakers
    5 NBA career statistics
    5.1 Regular season
    5.2 Playoffs
    6 Head coaching record
    7 Player profile
    8 Legacy
    9 Personal life
    10 See also
    11 Footnotes
    12 Notes
    13 References
    14 External links

    Early life

    West was born into a poor household in Chelyan, West Virginia.[5] He was the fifth of six children of Cecil Sue West, a housewife, and Howard Stewart West, a coal mine electrician.[6] West's father physically abused him, and West has stated that for a time he slept with a loaded shotgun under his bed out of fear that he might have to kill his father in self-defense.[7]

    West was an outgoing and aggressive child in his youth. However, in 1951 his older brother, David, was killed in action in the Korean War, and the trauma turned West into a shy and introverted boy.[5][8] He was so small, frail, and weak that he needed many vitamin injections from his doctor and was kept apart from children's sports, to prevent him from getting seriously injured.[5] Growing up, West spent his days hunting and fishing, but his main activity was shooting at a basketball hoop that a neighbor had nailed to his storage shed. West spent days shooting baskets from every possible angle, ignoring mud and snow in the backyard, as well as his mother's whippings when he came home hours late for dinner; he played so often that the NBA acknowledged it as "obsessive".[5]
    East Bank High School

    West attended East Bank High School in East Bank, West Virginia from 1952 to 1956. During his first year, he was benched by his coach Duke Shaver due to his lack of height. Shaver emphasized the importance of conditioning and defense, which were lessons that the teenager appreciated.[9] West soon became the captain of the freshman team, and during the summer of 1953 he grew to 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m).[5] West eventually became the team's starting small forward, and he quickly established himself as one of the finest West Virginia high school players of his generation. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season, with an average of 32.2 points per game. West's mid-range jump shot became his trademark and he often used it to score while under pressure from opposing defenses.[5] West led East Bank to a state championship on March 24 that year, prompting East Bank High School to change its name to "West Bank High School" every year on March 24 in honor of their basketball prodigy. This practice remained in effect until the school closed in 1999.[10]
    College career
    West from The Monticola, 1959

    West graduated from East Bank High School in 1956, and more than 60 universities showed interest in him. He eventually chose to stay in his home state and attend West Virginia University (WVU), located in Morgantown.[11] In his freshman year (1956–57), West was a member of the WVU freshman squad that achieved a perfect record of 17 wins without a loss over the course of the season;[11] other team members included Jay Jacobs and Willie Akers.[12] In his first varsity year under head coach Fred Schaus, West scored 17.8 points per game and averaged 11.1 rebounds; he also started in all 28 games while shooting 49.6% from the field and 73.2% from the free throw line.[13] These performances earned him a multitude of honors, among them an All-American Third Team call-up; First Team All-Southern Conference; Southern Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player Award and First Team honors; Chuck Taylor–Converse Second-team All-American honors; and Associated Press and United Press International Third-team All-American honors.[14] The Mountaineers went 26–2 that year, ending the season with a loss to Manhattan College in post-season tournament play.[15]

    During his junior year (1958–59), West scored 26.6 points per game and grabbed 12.3 rebounds per game.[13] He tied the NCAA five-game tournament record of 160 points (32.0 points per game) and led all scorers and rebounders in every West Virginia game, including getting 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 71–70 loss to California in the final. West was named Most Outstanding Player of that year's Final Four.[10] Further awards were All-American, Southern Conference Tournament MVP and Southern Conference Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.[14] He was also named to be a member of the U.S. Pan American Games basketball team that won the gold medal.[5] West demonstrated his tenacity for the game in a match against the Kentucky Wildcats. He broke his nose during an incident in the game, but he continued to play despite intense pain and having to breathe through his mouth. He scored 19 points in the second half, leading WVU to an upset victory.[10]

    In his final collegiate season (1959–60) West enjoyed several career highs, such as scoring 29.3 points per game, a 134 season-assists, 16.5 rebounds per game, and a shooting average of 50.4% from the field, 76.6% from the free throw line.[13] He was honored again with several awards: a call-up to the All-American selection, and being voted Southern Conference MVP.[14] West's best performance was a game against Virginia, in which he grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 40 points. Moreover, during that final year, he had 30 double-doubles and fifteen 30-point games.[16] In his collegiate career, West totaled 2,309 points and 1,240 rebounds. He averaged 24.8 points per game and 13.3 rebounds.[13] As of 2011, West holds 12 WVU all-time records.[17] West and Oscar Robertson co-captained the U.S. men's basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics.[5]
    Professional career
    Los Angeles Lakers
    Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside
    Jerry West (with the ball) in 1971.

    West made himself available for the 1960 NBA draft, and he was drafted with the second overall pick by the Minneapolis Lakers, shortly before the team relocated to Los Angeles. West became the first draft pick ever of the relocated franchise.[18] His college coach was also hired to coach the Lakers. He played West as a guard, in contrast to West's college days as a forward.[5] The Lakers were captained by Hall-of-Fame forward Elgin Baylor, who was complemented by centers Jim Krebs and Ray Felix; forwards Rudy LaRusso and Tom Hawkins; and guards Rod Hundley (from West Virginia, like West), Frank Selvy, and Bobby Leonard.[19] This team perennially had strong forwards and guards, but was constantly weak at center, giving them a disadvantage against the Boston Celtics with their Hall-of-Fame center, Bill Russell.[20]

    Initially, West felt odd in his new environment. He was a loner. His high-pitched voice earned him the nickname "Tweety Bird", and he spoke with such a thick Appalachian accent that his teammates also referred to him as "Zeke from Cabin Creek" (his nickname acknowledged his country roots, and his accent was so thick that he squeaked his nickname sheepishly – "Zeek from Cab'n Creek").[21] However, West soon impressed his colleagues with his defensive hustle, with his vertical jump—he could reach up 16 inches above the rim when he went up—and with his work ethic, spending countless extra hours working on his game.[21] On the floor, West scored 17.6 points, grabbed 7.7 rebounds and gave 4.2 assists per game. West won Schaus's trust and, alternating with Hundley, Selvy, and Leonard, played 35 minutes per game and established himself as the Lakers' second scoring option.[13] The NBA commented that the Lakers now had a potent one-two-punch— with "Mr. Inside" (the low-post scorer, Baylor) and "Mr. Outside" (the long-distance shooter, West).[5] These performances soon earned West his first of fourteen NBA All-Star Game call-ups.[13]

    West helped the Lakers improve from their previous 25-win season to 36 wins as they reached the 1961 NBA Playoffs. They needed all five games to put away the Detroit Pistons but then lost to the St. Louis Hawks in seven games, losing the final game 105–103.[22]

    In West's second NBA season, the Lakers could only make limited use of Baylor, who was called up by the U.S. Army Reserves and could play only 48 games.[21] On January 17, 1962, West scored a career-high 63 points in a 129-121 win over the New York Knicks.[23] However, West seamlessly took over the role of team leader and established himself as the main Lakers scorer, averaging 30.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, winning All-NBA First Team honors.[13] West became known especially for hitting important late-game shots, and Lakers' announcer Chick Hearn named him "Mr. Clutch" a handle which stuck with West for his entire career.[21]

    The Lakers won 54 regular-season games and secured a first-round bye in the 1962 NBA Playoffs. They beat the Pistons four games to two to advance to the 1962 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. The teams split the first two games, and at the end of Game 3 in Los Angeles, West tied the game at 115. The Celtics' Sam Jones inbounded the ball at half-court with three seconds left. West stole the ball, raced upcourt, and converted a running layup as the buzzer sounded.[24] The Celtics tied the series in Game 6 at three games apiece, and the teams headed to Boston for Game 7. For most of the game, the Lakers trailed, but West and Frank Selvy hit several clutch baskets and tied the game at 100. Selvy then missed an open 8-foot shot which would have won the Lakers their first title. Baylor's tip-in attempt was thwarted by Sam Jones.[24] In overtime, Jones scored several clutch baskets to ensure a 110–107 win for the Celtics. The 1962 NBA finals would serve as the beginning of the greatest rivalry in NBA history[24]

    In the 1962–63 NBA season, Baylor was back full-time. West averaged 27.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists and was again NBA All-Star and All-NBA First-Team;[13] however, he played in only 55 regular-season games, missing the last seven weeks due to a hamstring injury.[20] Again, the Lakers reached the finals, and again, they battled the Celtics. With West not yet in shape, Baylor and the Lakers fell back 3–2; then they succumbed in Game 6 in front of their home crowd with a 112–109 loss. As the game ended, veteran Celtics playmaker Bob Cousy threw the ball high into the rafters of the L.A. Sports Arena.[25]

    In the following 1963–64 NBA season, West became the Lakers' scoring leader for the first time. His 28.7 points per game eclipsed the 25.4 by Baylor, who stated that he suffered from knee problems.[26] The Lakers struggled during the entire season, winning only 42 games, and were beaten by the Hawks in five games during the first round of the 1964 NBA Playoffs.[27]
    Leader of the Lakers
    The Forum was the home of the Lakers from 1967 until 1999.

    In the following 1964–65 NBA season, West averaged 31.0 points (at the time, a career-high), only surpassed by perennial scoring champion Wilt Chamberlain.[13] After ending the regular season with 49 wins, L.A. played the Baltimore Bullets in the first round of the 1965 NBA Playoffs, but then team captain Baylor suffered a career-threatening knee injury.[26] West spectacularly took over Baylor's leading role, as he scored 49 points and willed the shocked Lakers to the win. In Game 2, Baltimore was unable to stop the Lakers guard, who scored 52 points, nearly half of L.A.'s total, in the 118–115 win.[28] The Bullets took their two home games, despite West scoring 44 and 48 points respectively, but in the decisive Game 5 in L.A., the guard helped beat the Bullets with 42 points in a close 117–115 win. West averaged 46.3 points per game, a figure that is still an NBA record.[29] However, in the 1965 NBA Finals, the Celtics easily beat the short-handed Lakers, 4–1. In Game 1, which Boston easily won, defensive Celtics guard K. C. Jones kept West to the only 26 points, and in Game 2, West scored 45 points, but Boston still won 129–123.[30] In Game 3, West scored 49 points, and L.A. finally won a game, but in Games 4 and 5, the Lakers were beaten by double digits; in the last quarter of Game 5, West missed 14 of 15 shots and could not prevent yet another Celtics win.[30] Still, the Lakers guard finished the playoffs with 40.6 points per game.[20]

    In the 1965–66 NBA season, West averaged a career-best 31.3 points, along with 7.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. He made an NBA record 840 free throws, and earned yet another pair of All-Star Team and All-NBA First Team nominations.[13] Winning 45 games, the Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks in a close seven-game series, and yet again met the Boston Celtics in the 1966 NBA Finals. West was assisted by Baylor, who was a self-estimated "75 percent" of his pre-injury self,[31] The two long-standing rivals split the first six games, with West's usual scoring dominance countered by Celtics forward John Havlicek, whose size and speed created serious mismatch problems for the Lakers.[31] In Game 7, West and Baylor shot a combined three of 18 in the first half, and the Lakers fell far behind; L.A. willed themselves back to a close 95–93 with four seconds left, but the Celtics ran the clock out and the Lakers were denied yet again.[31]

    The 1966–67 NBA season saw West playing only 66 regular-season games due to injury;[20] his averages fell slightly to 28.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.[13] The Lakers had a disappointing season, winning only 36 games and getting swept by the San Francisco Warriors in the first round of the 1967 NBA Playoffs.[32] Veteran coach Fred Schaus retired, and Butch Van Breda Kolff took over; under his reign, the Lakers won 52 games in the 1967–68 NBA season in their first season in The Forum.[33] The 52 wins were accumulated despite West playing only 51 regular-season games due to injury[20] and scoring 26.3 points, the lowest average since his rookie year: after being a First-Teamer for six times en bloc, he only made the All-NBA Second Team.[13]

    In the 1968 NBA Playoffs, the Lakers beat the Chicago Bulls and the Warriors to set up yet another Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals; it was considered a match of size versus speed, as the Lakers had nobody to guard Celtics coach/center Bill Russell or forward John Havlicek close to the basket, but the Celtics in return had difficulties guarding prolific L.A. outside shooters Baylor, West and fellow guard Gail Goodrich.[34] In Game 1, West only hit seven of 24 shots, and the Lakers lost 107–101, but L.A. evened out the series at two games each. But West, who had scored 38 points in a Game 4 win, had sprained his ankle and did not play at full strength the rest of the series.[34] In Game 5, an injured West scored 35 points, but Boston won by three points. In Game 6, Havlicek shredded the Lakers with 40 points, and after yet another Finals loss to Boston, West commented that the Lakers lost two games they should have won: "We gave them the first game, and we gave them the fifth. But I take nothing from them... They're all that way on the Celtics, and you can't teach it."[34]
    Arrival of Wilt Chamberlain
    West's No. 44 jersey (upper left) was retired in 1983 and hangs in the rafters of the Staples Center.

    On July 9, 1968, the Lakers made a trade that brought reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers to Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1968–69 NBA season. To get the center, the Lakers traded West's backcourt partner Archie Clark, starting center Darrall Imhoff and backup forward Jerry Chambers to Philadelphia.[35] Coach Van Breda Kolff was concerned about the drain at the guard positions after losing Clark, and especially after losing Goodrich in the expansion draft to the Phoenix Suns. He only had diminutive, defensively weak Johnny Egan left next to West.[35] While West himself got on well with the recruit, Chamberlain often argued with team captain Elgin Baylor and had a poor relationship with Van Breda Kolff. Van Breda Kolff pejoratively called Chamberlain "The Load", and later complained that Chamberlain was egotistical, never respected him, too often slacked off in practice and focused too much on his statistics.[36] In return, the center blasted Van Breda Kolff as "the dumbest and worst coach ever".[36] There was an altercation in which Chamberlain was about to punch Van Breda Kolff before Baylor had intervened.[37] West was disturbed by locker room tension; used to playing on teams with good chemistry, his quality of play became erratic, and his scoring average of 25.9 points was his lowest since his rookie season. However, he made the Second Team of the inaugural All-Defensive Team.[37]

    In the 1969 NBA Playoffs, the 55-win Lakers defeated the Atlanta Hawks and the San Francisco Warriors, setting up the sixth finals series versus Boston in eight years. Before Game 1, West privately complained to Bill Russell of exhaustion, but then the Lakers guard scored 53 points on Boston in a close two-point win.[38] L.A. also took Game 2, with West scoring 41 points.[39] In Game 3, Russell opted to double-team West, and the guard's exhaustion began to show: West twice asked to be subbed for longer periods, and both times the Lakers fell back by double digits and finally lost by six points.[38] Game 4 saw Celtics guard Sam Jones hit an off-balance buzzer beater to tie the series,[39] but in Game 5, the Lakers struck back and won by 13 points; however, they suffered a major blow when West – who scored 39 points and by far led all players in scoring during the entire series – lunged for a meaningless late-game ball and seriously pulled his hamstring: it was immediately visible that the injury would not heal until the end of the series.[38] A limping West scored 26 points in Game 6, but the Celtics won 99–90 with a strong Bill Russell, who held Chamberlain to only eight points in the entire game.[39] In Game 7, Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke had put up thousands of balloons in the rafters of the Forum in Los Angeles. This display of arrogance motivated the Celtics and angered West.[35] The Lakers trailed the entire game and were behind 91-76 after 3 quarters, but powered by a limping West, the Lakers closed the gap to 103-102 with two minutes to go and had the ball. But West committed costly turnovers and L.A. lost the game 108–106 despite a triple-double of 42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists from West, who became the only recipient of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award from the losing team.[39] After the loss West was seen as the ultimate tragic hero: after the game, Bill Russell held his hand, and John Havlicek said: "I love you, Jerry".[38]

    In the 1969–70 NBA season under new coach Joe Mullaney, the Lakers' season began with a shock when Wilt Chamberlain seriously injured his knee and missed practically the whole regular season.[40] As after Baylor's injury years before, West stepped into the void, leading the NBA in scoring average with 31.2 points per game, and averaging 4.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game, earning him his first of four All-Defensive First Team votes and another All-NBA First Team berth after two Second Team years.[13] The Lakers won 46 games, and in the 1970 NBA Playoffs, they narrowly beat the Phoenix Suns in seven games and swept the Hawks in four, setting up the first NBA Finals between the Lakers and the rugged New York Knicks, led by Hall-of-Famers, such as Willis Reed, Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley, and Walt Frazier.[41] L.A. and N.Y. split the first two games, with both games respectively decided by centers Reed and the still-hobbling Chamberlain.[41] In Game 3, DeBusschere hit a mid-range jump shot with three seconds left to put the Knicks ahead 102–100, and the Lakers had no time-outs left. Chamberlain inbounded the ball to West, who raced past Walt Frazier and threw up a 60-foot shot. Frazier later commented: "The man's crazy. He looks determined. He thinks it's going in!"[5] West incredibly connected, and this basket was later called one of the greatest moments ever by the NBA.[42] As the three-point line had not been introduced yet, the shot just tied the game. In overtime, West, however, sprained his left hand and missed all five of his shots, and the Knicks won 111-108.[10] In Game 4, the guard scored 37 points and 18 assists, and the Lakers won.[43] However, more frustration awaited West in Game 5, when Reed pulled his thigh muscle and seemed out for the series; instead of capitalizing on a double-digit lead and reeling off an easy win, the Lakers committed 19 second-half turnovers, and the two main scorers Chamberlain and West shot the ball only three and two times, respectively, in the entire second half and lost 107-100 in what was called one of the greatest comebacks in NBA Finals history.[41][43] After Chamberlain scored 45 points and West 31 points plus 13 assists in a series-equalising 135-113 Lakers win, the Lakers seemed favorites prior to Game 7. However, West had also injured his right hand and received several manual injections,[41] and Reed famously hobbled up court before Game 7: the Knicks center scored the first four points, and inspired his team to one of the most famous playoff upsets of all time.[44] With his injured hands, West still hit nine of his 19 shots, but was outplayed by Walt Frazier, who scored 36 points and 19 assists and was credited with several crucial steals on Lakers guard Dick Garrett.[41][43]

    In the 1970–71 NBA season, the Lakers resigned Gail Goodrich, who came back from the Phoenix Suns after playing for L.A. until 1968. At age 32, West averaged 26.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 9.5 assists,[13] and helped the Lakers win 46 games and make the 1971 NBA Playoffs. After losing Elgin Baylor to an Achilles tendon rupture that effectively ended his career, West himself injured his knee and was out for the season; the short-handed Lakers lost the Western Conference Finals in five games to the championship-bound Milwaukee Bucks, who were led by freshly-crowned Most Valuable Player Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and veteran Hall-of-Fame guard Oscar Robertson.[45]
    Late success and twilight years
    West in 1972

    Before the 1971–72 NBA season, West was smarting from his frequent injuries and losses and considered retirement.[5] The Lakers hired former Celtics star guard and future Hall-of-Fame coach Bill Sharman as head coach. Although injured captain Elgin Baylor ended his career, the Lakers had a season for the ages. The team was powered by Sharman's emphasis on tough defense and fast break offense, and L.A. embarked on an unprecedented 33 game win streak, en route to a then-record 69 wins in the regular season.[46] West himself contributed with 25.8 points and led the league with a career-high 9.7 assists per game. He was named All-Star, All-NBA and All-Defense First Teamer and voted 1972 All-Star Game MVP.[13]

    In the post-season, the Lakers defeated the Chicago Bulls in a four-game sweep,[47] then went on to face the Milwaukee Bucks, and defeated them in six games. In the 1972 NBA Finals, the Lakers again met the New York Knicks. Although West suffered a terrible shooting slump during Games 1 and 2, the Lakers tied the series at one win each, and in Game 3, he scored 21 points and helped L.A. win Game 3. In this game, he now had scored 4,002 playoff points, which set an all-time NBA record.[48] After winning Game 4 due to a superb outing from Wilt Chamberlain, West scored 23 points and dished out 9 assists in Game 5, thus he won the game. With that, West won his first-ever NBA title.[48][49] West conceded that he had played a terrible series, and credited the team for the success. Years later he said "I played terrible basketball in the Finals, and we won... It was particularly frustrating because I was playing so poorly that the team overcame me. Maybe that's what a team is all about."[46]

    Having vanquished this long-time bane, West entered his 13th NBA year. In the 1972–73 NBA season, the main scoring role was taken by Goodrich, and West was now a playmaker instead of a scorer. However, West averaged 22.8 points, but also averaged 8.8 assists per game, and again was a First Teamer in the All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defense Teams.[13] The Lakers won 60 games and reached the 1973 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks. In-Game 1 West scored 24 points before fouling out with three minutes left and L.A. won Game 1 115–112.[50] However, the Knicks took Games 2 and 3, and West strained both of his hamstrings: in Game 4, the shorthanded Lakers were no match for New York, and in Game 5, the valiant, but injured West and Hairston had miserable games, and despite Chamberlain scoring 23 points and grabbing 21 rebounds, the Lakers lost 102–93 and the series.[51][52]

    The 1973–74 NBA season was to be West's last as a player. Now 36 years old, the veteran guard averaged 20.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.[13] In two newly introduced statistics, steals and blocks, he was credited with 2.6 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. Despite playing only 31 games due to a strained groin,[5] West was still regarded as an elite guard, earning another call-up into his final All-Star Game.[13] Without Chamberlain, who had ended his NBA career, the Lakers won 47 games and lost in five games to the Milwaukee Bucks. After this loss, West retired due to contract disagreements with Cooke, and filed a suit for unpaid back wages.[53] West wanted to re-negotiate his contract and keep playing, however, he said Cooke "basically told my agent to go to hell. I felt I was deceived. When you feel that you're deceived you don't want any part of the organization that deceived you. I could've played another very good year. Every athlete says that. But I could've, and I knew I could've. But I could never have played for the Lakers again, and I wasn't going to play for anybody else."[54] At the time of his departure, West had scored more points than any other Laker in franchise history.[20]
    Coaching and executive career
    In the summer of 1996, West traded for shooting guard Kobe Bryant, and signed then free agent Shaquille O'Neal.

    Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke was known for having a keen eye identifying leadership and teaching qualities (he also gave Hall of Famers Sparky Anderson and Joe Gibbs their first managerial/head coaching positions),[55] and asked West to coach and participate in player personnel decisions.[56] In the 1976–77 season, West became coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. In three years, he led the Lakers and star center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to a 145–101 record, making the playoffs in all 3 seasons and reaching the Western Conference Finals once in 1977.[57]

    After his coaching stint, he worked as a scout for three years before becoming general manager of the Lakers before the 1982–83 seasons. NBA.com credits West in creating the great 1980s Lakers dynasty, which brought five championship rings (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988) to Los Angeles.[5] After a slump in the early 1990s, West rebuilt the team of coach Del Harris around center Vlade Divac, forward Cedric Ceballos, and guard Nick Van Exel, which won 48 games, and went to the Western Conference Semifinals; for turning the team around, West received his first Executive of the Year Award.[58] By trading Vlade Divac for the draft rights to Kobe Bryant, signing free agent center Shaquille O'Neal, and signing six-time NBA champion Phil Jackson as a coach, West laid down the foundation of the Lakers three-peat which saw L.A. win three NBA titles from 2000 to 2002.[5]
    In 1999, West signed six-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson.

    In 2002, West became the general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies. He explained his decision with the desire for exploring something new: "After being a part of the Laker's success for so many years, I have always wondered how it would be to build a winning franchise that has not experienced much success. I want to help make a difference."[59] West's Memphis stint was not as spectacular as his Los Angeles stint, but he turned a franchise which was about to be sold into a reliable playoffs team, making few trades but getting the maximum from the players he had available (such as Pau Gasol, James Posey and Jason Williams) and signing coach Hubie Brown, who became Coach of the Year in 2004.[60] West himself won his second NBA Executive of the Year Award in the same year.[58] At age 69, West retired as a Grizzlies general manager in 2007 and turned over managing duties to Chris Wallace, from Buckhannon, West Virginia.[60]

    On May 19, 2011, West joined the Golden State Warriors as an executive board member, reporting directly to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.[61][62] This role also came with an undisclosed minority ownership stake in the team.[63] In 2015, the Warriors won their first championship in 40 years; the championship was the seventh earned by West while serving as a team executive. He earned his eighth in the 2016-2017 season.

    On June 14, 2017, West announced that he would go to the Los Angeles Clippers as an executive board member.


    Imagine copy and pasting from his wiki page.


    No, I knew all that. Wikipedia copied me

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    Imagine being a Syracuse fan.




    I said it sarcasticly asshat.




    Can you shut up two-face. you are just making yourself look like a dumbass at this point.


    He dosent deserve an opal, didnt even go to SYRACUSE


    Michigan State better


    Bro, don't talk shit to Syracuse fans this close to 2017

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    No corona and we win the tourney


    Maybe bro. Kansas was good too.

    We got it in 2022 though


    Naw, they are TRASH and will NEVER be better than SYRACUSE

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