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Jack Sikma

Jack Sikma
Personal information
Born (1955-11-14) November 14, 1955 (age 60)
Kankakee, Illinois
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Saint Anne (Saint Anne, Illinois)
College Illinois Wesleyan (1973–1977)
NBA draft 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 1977–1991
Position Center / Power forward
Number 43
Career history
As player:
19771986 Seattle SuperSonics
19861991 Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
20032007 Seattle SuperSonics (assistant)
20072011 Houston Rockets (assistant)
20112014 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 17,827 (15.6 ppg)
Rebounds 10,816 (9.8 rpg)
Blocks 1,048 (0.9 bpg)
Stats at

Jack Wayne Sikma (born November 14, 1955) is a retired American NBA basketball center. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star with the Seattle SuperSonics, who drafted him in the first round with the eighth overall pick of the 1977 NBA draft. In 1979, he won an NBA championship with Seattle. Sikma finished his playing career with the the Milwaukee Bucks. He was known for his distinctive curly, blonde hair along with his patented step back behind the head jumper during his playing days.

Playing career

Sikma played at Illinois Wesleyan University. He was drafted eighth overall in 1977 by the Seattle SuperSonics, Sikma was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Among his notable career achievements are his seven All-Star Game selections (from 1979 to 1985) and his championship ring won with the 1978–1979 Sonics, where Sikma teamed with talented players such as Dennis Johnson, Gus Williams and an aging Paul Silas. Sikma always averaged double figures in points-per-game throughout his career, and after his stint with the Sonics, he maintained consistent numbers while playing with the Milwaukee Bucks in his final five seasons; for his career he averaged 15.6 points (17,287 in total) and just under 9.8 rebounds per game over 14 seasons and 1107 games.

Sikma was one of the most accurate shooting centers in NBA history. He holds the rare distinction of leading the league in free-throw percentage (92.2%) while playing the center position during the 1987–88 season; he averaged 84.9% in free-throw shooting for his career. Sikma also made over 200 three-pointers during his career with a 32.8% three-point accuracy.

Along with his accurate shooting, Sikma led the league in defensive rebounds in both 1981–82 and 1983–84 while playing for Seattle.

Post-playing career

From 2003 to 2007 he worked with the Seattle SuperSonics as an assistant coach.

In June 2007 Sikma was hired by the Houston Rockets as an assistant coach to head coach, Rick Adelman.[1] Among his duties was tutoring center Yao Ming in "big man" playing strategies. On December 6, 2011, he was signed as an assistant coach by the Minnesota Timberwolves, again under Adelman.[2]


Sikma's son, Luke, played for the University of Portland Pilots,[3][4] and plays professionally in Spain.[5] His other son, Nate, currently plays for the University of Hartford Hawks men's basketball team.[6]


In 2006, Sikma was voted as one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament, a group of former players and coaches in honor of the 100 anniversary of the IHSA boys basketball tournament.

Sikma's Number 43 was retired by the Seattle SuperSonics, one of only six players so honored.

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