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Jamaal Abdul-Lateef Wilkes (born Jackson Keith Wilkes on June 2, 1953 in Berkeley, California) is an American former National Basketball Association player who played the small forward position and won four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. June 2 is the 153rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (154th in leap years), with 212 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the USAs premier mens professional basketball league. ... LeBron James is one of the premier players listed at small forward. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 Lakers alternate logo 2002- The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, who play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California, United States. ...


Wilkes was also a key player in the run of NCAA championships accumulated during the John Wooden era of UCLA basketball. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... John Robert Wooden, born October 14, 1910, in Hall, Indiana, is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (Class of 1961) and a coach (Class of 1973). ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the...


Upon entering the NBA in 1974, Wilkes converted to Islam and legally changed his name to Jamaal Abdul-Lateef, but retained his surname throughout his NBA career. One of the smoothest, steadiest and most productive forwards to ever play in the NBA, Jamaal "Smooth as Silk" Wilkes has won championships at the scholastic, collegiate and professional levels. Wilkes was an All-America Prep player at Santa Barbara High School (his teammate Don Ford also played in the NBA with the Lakers) in Santa Barbara, California. As a two-time All-America at UCLA, Wilkes teamed with Bill Walton to bring UCLA the 1972 and 1973 NCAA titles, and a third place finish in 1974. As a Bruin, Wilkes was part of UCLA teams that won a record 88 consecutive games. In three years at UCLA, Wilkes averaged 15.0 ppg and 7.4 rpg and shot 51.4 percent from the field. Wilkes was named to the 1972 NCAA All-Tournament Team and was a first-team Academic All-America in 1972, 1973, and 1974. In 12 professional seasons with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers, Wilkes was a member of four NBA championship teams - one with Golden State in 1975, the season he was named Rookie of the Year - and three with the Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985). An injury kept him out of the 1984 NBA finals vs. the Celtics and his absence was a key factor in the Lakers' seven game series loss. Wilkes possessed a deadly accurate jump shot from the corner that Hall of Fame Laker announcer Chick Hearn dubbed the "20 foot layup." For his career, Wilkes registered 14,664 points (17.7 ppg) and 5,117 rebounds (6.2 rpg). Wilkes averaged 16.1 ppg in 113 NBA playoff games. He played in the 1976, 1981, and 1983 All-Star Games and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. The Sporting News named Wilkes to its NBA All-Pro Second Team three years. 1974 NBA Draft See also: NBA Draft Round One Categories: | ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... Santa Barbara is a city in California, United States. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California, United States. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 Lakers alternate logo 2002- The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, who play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


Currently a resident of Los Angeles, California, Jamaal Wilkes has two sons and a daughter receiving recent media attention. Omar, his oldest son, at six-feet four-inches, is a junior guard for the Cal basketball team. Wilkes' daughter, Sabreen, is a freshman volleyball player at UCLA, and his youngest son, Jordan, is a sophomore forward for the Cal team. Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, and by other names, see below) is the oldest and flagship campus of the ten-campus University of California system. ...

Preceded by
Ernie DiGrigorio
NBA
Rookie of the Year

1975
Succeeded by
Alvan Adams

The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Alvan Leigh Adams (b. ...

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  • Biography @ NBA.com

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Jamaal Wilkes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (435 words)
Jamaal Abdul-Lateef Wilkes (born Jackson Keith Wilkes on June 2, 1953 in Berkeley, California) is an American former National Basketball Association player who played the small forward position and won four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
Wilkes was also a key player in the run of NCAA championships accumulated during the John Wooden era of UCLA basketball.
Wilkes' daughter, Sabreen, is a freshman volleyball player at UCLA, and his youngest son, Jordan, is a sophomore forward for the Cal team.
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