NBA’s First African-American Player Dies

Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA, passed away on Thursday night at the age of 86.

Lloyd played for 10 seasons in the NBA, starting with the Washington Capitols, winning a championship with the Syracuse Nationals and retiring with the Detroit Pistons.

Lloyd averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for his career, but his best season came during the 1955 season when Syracuse won the NBA title. Lloyd averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game that season.

His career continued after his playing days were over as he coached the Detroit Pistons for one season before becoming a scout for five more seasons.

Lloyd was elected into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2003.


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