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Ken Sears

For the baseball player, see Ken Sears (baseball).
Ken Sears
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Personal information
Born (1933-08-17) August 17, 1933 (age 87)
Watsonville, California
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Watsonville (Watsonville, California)
College Santa Clara (1951–1955)
NBA draft 1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1955–1964
Position Power forward, Small forward
Number 12, 20, 17
Career history
19551961 New York Knicks
1961–1962 San Francisco Saints (ABL)
1962 New York Knicks
1962–1964 San Francisco Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,355 (13.9 ppg)
Rebounds 4,142 (7.8 rpg)
Assists 843 (1.6 apg)
Stats at

Kenneth Robert Sears (born August 17, 1933) is a retired American professional basketball player. He holds the distinction of being the first basketball player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, appearing on the December 20, 1954 issue.

A 6'9" forward from Santa Clara University, Sears played eight seasons (1955–1961, 1962–1964) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the New York Knicks and San Francisco Warriors. He averaged 13.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in his NBA career, appearing as an NBA All-Star in 1958 and 1959. Sears also led the NBA in field goal percentage twice (1959, 1960).[1]

Sears spent the 1961–62 basketball season in the short-lived American Basketball League.[2]


  1. ^ NBA career statistics. Retrieved 31 May 2007.
  2. ^ History of the American Basketball League. Retrieved 31 May 2007.

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