Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Willie Naulls


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He played 10 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was a four-time NBA All-Star with the New York Knicks, and won three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics.

Naulls grew up in California, where he was named the state’s Mr. Basketball in high school. He played college basketball with the UCLA Bruins, and earned All-American honors as a senior in 1956. Naulls was selected by the St. Louis Hawks (known now as the Atlanta Hawks) with the ninth overall pick of the 1956 NBA draft. He played briefly with St. Louis before being traded to New York, where he spent most of his career. With the Knicks, he became the first African American to be named a captain of a professional team in a major American sport. After a brief stint with the San Francisco Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors), Naulls finished his career with the Boston Celtics. In December 1964, he was part of a Celtics unit that became the first all-black starting lineup in NBA history.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Willie Naulls.

Career history
1956 St. Louis Hawks
19561962 New York Knicks
1962–1963 San Francisco Warriors
19631966 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 11,305 (15.8 ppg)
Rebounds 6,508 (9.1 rpg)
Assists 1,114 (1.6 apg)



Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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