February 4, 1930|
San Francisco, California
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|High school||Palo Alto (Palo Alto, California)|
Grant Tech (1948–1950)|
Oregon (1950–1951, 1954–1955)
|NBA draft||1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||3,156 (6.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,848 (5.6 rpg)|
|Assists||353 (0.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
James Loscutoff Jr. (born February 4, 1930) is a former professional basketball player for the NBA's Boston Celtics. A forward, Loscutoff played on seven Celtics championship teams between 1956 and 1964.
Born in San Francisco, California, Jim grew up as one of the four children of James (Sr.) and Nellie Loscutoff. He starred in basketball at Palo Alto High School, graduating in 1948. Loscutoff then attended Grant Technical College, a two-year college near Sacramento, California before proceeding to the University of Oregon.
Standing 6'5", Loscutoff was selected with the third non-territorial pick of the first round in the 1955 NBA draft. In nine seasons from 1955 to 1964, he played forward and won seven championships as part of the legendary Celtics teams of the 1960s. He was originally drafted by coach Red Auerbach to provide some much-needed defensive nerve for the Celtics team, which (despite becoming the first team to average 100 points per game in the 1954–55 season) had one of the worst defensive records in the league.
Loscutoff's nicknames included "Jungle Jim" or "Loscy". The organization wished to honor Loscutoff, but he asked that his jersey number (18) not be retired, so that a future Celtic could wear it. Instead, the Celtics added a banner with his nickname "Loscy" to the retired number banners hanging from the rafters of their arenas. The number was later retired in honor of another Celtic great, Dave Cowens.
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