NBA legend and Hall of Famer Bob Lanier passed away on Tuesday, and if you are a basketball fan, he is a name you should be familiar with.
Lanier had an incredible career that helped gain accolades, such as having his jersey retired multiple times and becoming a Hall of Fame member in 2006. Here are five accolades that Bob Lanier accomplished in his career.
1.) Lanier was an Eight-Time All-Star
Bob Lanier’s NBA career began in 1970. The Detroit Pistons selected him with the first pick, and he stayed with them for 10 years. And during that time, he was named an all-star seven times. His eighth time came in 1982 when he was with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lanier’s solid play during his time with Detroit, including averaging a career high 25.7 points in his second season, helped him become an all-star. Lanier also won All-Star Game MVP in 1974, when he scored 24 points and 10 rebounds. He was the leading scorer on a team that included Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Lanier represented his team and conference multiple times, and his MVP win was one of the highlights of his career.
2.) He won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
The J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award is an award given to players that exhibit “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”
Lanier won in 1978, and even beyond winning the award that year, he remained involved in the community. He was spokesperson and chairman of the NBA’s “Stay In School” program from 1989 to 1994, and he was the NBA Cares Global Ambassador from 2005 to 2022. Lanier was active in the community and helped in areas such as education, family and health.
3.) Lanier has three retired jerseys
Throughout his career, Lanier made impacts for multiple teams. He attended St. Bonaventure University from 1966 to 1970 and averaged 27.6 points and 15.7 rebounds. St. Bonaventure retired Lanier’s jersey and to this day, he remains their all-time leader in rebounding with 1180 rebounds. As far as his NBA career, both the Pistons and Bucks have retired his jersey. He wore No. 16 in the NBA, and in college he wore No. 31. It is rare for a player to have their jersey retired, and it’s even harder to have it retired by multiple teams. Lanier is someone who has accomplished that.
4.) He operated Bob Lanier Enterprises Inc.
One of Lanier’s off the court accomplishments was owning and operating a marketing company. Lanier created Bob Lanier Enterprises Inc, and through a deal with Proforma, he wanted to get into areas like e-commerce, digital marketing and commercial print offerings. So, it is safe to say Lanier was an entrepreneur.
5.) He was a Hall of Famer
Lanier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He did this by averaging 20.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his NBA career. Then, in 2006, Lanier was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. The former No. 1 pick succeeded at both the college and professional levels, and because of that, he became a Hall of Famer on two different occasions.
Lanier had a successful career, and he will surely be missed in the basketball world.