Sikma in 1978
November 14, 1955|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|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|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|2003–2007||Seattle SuperSonics (assistant)|
|2007–2011||Houston Rockets (assistant)|
|2011–2014||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||17,827 (15.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||10,816 (9.8 rpg)|
|Blocks||1,048 (0.9 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Jack Wayne Sikma (born November 14, 1955) is an American retired 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 Milwaukee Bucks. He was known for his distinctive curly, blond hair along with his patented step back behind the head jumper during his playing days.
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 in 1978. 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.
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. 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.
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 no. 43 jersey was retired by the Seattle SuperSonics, one of only six players to be honored by the team.
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