1974-75 (#20) 68 18.9 3.3

Brian Winters

Guard, #20


Winters, a solid all-around guard, was drafted by the Lakers in the first round in 1974. He averaged nearly 12 points and three assists his first year and was named to the all-rookie team.

Winters was part of part of the trade that brought Kareem Abdul Jabbar from Milwaukee to Los Angeles. Winters flourished in Milwaukee — where his jersey would eventually be retired — and had a productive nine-year NBA career, especially from 1975 to 1979 when he averaged 19 points a game.

Winters was named to two All-Star teams and, after retiring as a player, became the first head coach of the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies.

— Steve Lowery
Feb. 12, 2011

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