Jerry West

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Jerry West
West at the White House in September 2019
Los Angeles Clippers
PositionExecutive board member
Personal information
Born (1938-05-28) May 28, 1938 (age 85)
Chelyan, West Virginia
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1][a]
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)[1]
Career information
High schoolEast Bank
(East Bank, West Virginia)
CollegeWest Virginia (1957–1960)
NBA draft1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
Playing career1960–1974
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Coaching career1976–1979
Career history
As player:
19601974Los Angeles Lakers
As coach:
19761979Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As executive:

Career statistics
Points25,192 (27.0 ppg)
Rebounds5,366 (5.8 rpg)
Assists6,238 (6.7 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
Men's basketball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1960 Rome Team competition
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago

Jerry West (born May 28, 1938) is a former American basketball player. He is thought to be one of the best guards who ever played in the NBA. He played from 1960 to 1974, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. He wore number 44, which was retired by the Lakers. He had scored the most points in a Laker jersey before Kobe Bryant ended his record in 2010. He is the model for the NBA logo. After playing, he was a coach and general manager for the Lakers. He was also the general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and organized golf tournaments. He was originally from West Virginia. His most famous nicknames are "The Logo", "Mr. Clutch", "Zeke from Cabin Creek" and "The Rover".

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jerry West". NBA. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  2. "Jerry West Reveals His Actual Height". Retrieved April 3, 2018.


  1. West has stated that he is actually 6 feet 4.5 inches (1.943 m).[2]