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James Worthy was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the first overall pick of the 1982 NBA Draft. As a Laker, he contributed to three NBA championships in 1985, 1987, and 1988. He was best known for his one-handed "Statue of Liberty" slam dunk. Although lesser known than teammates Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, his teammates have regarded him as an important part of the Lakers' success. As the recipient of Magic's dazzling passes, he was a great finisher due his ability to glide seemingly effortlessly through the air to the basket. He was a member of the 1983 NBA all-rookie team (unanimous choice). His 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assist in Game 7 of the 1988 NBA Finals earned him Most Valuable Player. He began wearing eye goggles after suffering a severe eye injury during the 1984-1985 season.


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James Worthy


NBA Debut: 1982

Final Game: 1994

Years in League: 12


Career Statistics

  • Points Per Game: 17.6
  • Rebounds Per Game: 5.1
  • Assists Per Game: 3.0

Career Highlights

  • 7 Time All-Star: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • NBA Championships:

Nickname: "Big Game"

College: University of North Carolina

Date of Birth: February 27, 1961

Place of Birth: Gastonia, North Carolina