|Born||August 17, 1933|
|Died||April 23, 2017 (aged 83)|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||Watsonville (Watsonville, California)|
|College||Santa Clara (1951–1955)|
|NBA draft||1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Position||Power forward, Small forward|
|Number||12, 20, 17|
|1955–1961||New York Knicks|
|1961–1962||San Francisco Saints|
|1962||New York Knicks|
|1962–1964||San Francisco Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,355 (13.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,142 (7.8 rpg)|
|Assists||843 (1.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kenneth Robert "Ken" Sears (August 17, 1933 – April 23, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. He holds the title of being the first basketball player to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, appearing on the December 20, 1954 issue.
Sears played eight seasons (1955–1961, 1962–1964) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the New York Knicks and San Francisco Warriors. He averaged 13.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in his NBA career, appearing as an NBA All-Star in 1958 and 1959. Sears spent the 1961–62 basketball season in the short-lived American Basketball League.
References[change | change source]
- FitzGerald, Tom. (2017-04-24). "Former Santa Clara, NBA forward Ken Sears dies at 83". SFGATE.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
- "Men's Basketball Hall of Famer Passes Away". Santa Clara Athletics. 2017-04-24. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
- History of the American Basketball League. Retrieved 31 May 2007.