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LeRoy Ellis

Brooklyn Basketball Hall Of Famer Leroy Ellis

LeRoy Ellis (born March 10, 1940 in Far Rockaway, New York) is a retired American basketball player.  He attended Thomas Jefferson High School.A 6’10” center from St. John’s University, Ellis was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round (8th pick overall) of the 1962 NBA Draft. He played 14 seasons (1962–1976) in the NBA with the Lakers, Baltimore Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Philadelphia 76ers, including being a member of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers championship team. Not only did they win the championship, they also recorded the longest winning streak in NBA history with 33 wins. At the close of his NBA career 1976, Ellis had amassed career totals of 10,176 points and 8,709 rebounds.Ellis was on the first Portland Trail Blazers team, selected from Baltimore in the 1970 expansion draft. He was in the starting lineup for the Trail Blazers’ inaugural game. He was their leading scorer (15.9 ppg) and the leading rebounder, averaging 12.3 boards per game, the third best average in the Blazers’ first three decades. He continued playing basketball long after his professional career ended, including being a part of several Senior Masters Games national championship teams in Portland.

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