Jack Nichols (basketball)
|Born||April 9, 1926|
December 24, 1992 (aged 66)|
Palm Springs, California
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|High school||Everett (Everett, Washington)|
Washington (1943–1944, 1946–1948)|
|NBA draft||1948 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Capitols|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|Number||15, 5, 16|
|1950–1954||Tri-Cities Blackhawks / Milwaukee Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career BAA and NBA statistics|
|Points||5,245 (10.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,782 (6.9 rpg)|
|Assists||964 (1.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Jack Edward Nichols (April 9, 1926–December 24, 1992) was an American professional basketball player.
A 6'7" center who attended the University of Washington and the University of Southern California, Nichols played nine seasons (1948–1951;1952–1958) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Washington Capitols, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Milwaukee Hawks, and Boston Celtics. He scored 5,245 points in his career and was a contributor to the Celtics' 1957 NBA championship team, who was coached by his former Washington Capitol coach, Red Aurabach. During his last 3 years with the Celtics, he attended Tufts Dental School full-time, earning his doctor of dentistry in 1958.
During his collegiate career, Nichols was named an all-conference player 5 seasons, twice with USC, and three times at UW (only player ever to achieve this). In 1948 he set the single game (39 points vs. Idaho) and single season scoring records for the Pacific Coast Conference. He was named a Helms Foundation All-American, and led the Huskies to the 1948 NCAA tournament by Beating Cal in a 3-game series.
Upon his retirement from professional basketball, Nichols served as the team dentist for the University of Washington and for the Seattle Sonics. Nichols has been inducted into the University of Washington Hall of Fame, the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame, and the Pacific-12 Conference Hall of Honor.
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