Dennis Hamilton wasn’t with the Lakers long, but he proved himself to be quite dependable during his one-season stay in Los Angeles.
In his 44 games during the 1967-68 regular season, the 6-foot-8 forward made all 13 of the free throws he tried (he appeared in two playoff games but did not shoot any free throws). The Arizona State product still has one of the best free-throw shooting percentages in Sun Devil history (81.3 %).
In addition, Hamilton and Lakers teammate Gail Goodrich were the guys Coach Bill van Breda Kolff depended on to coach the team for the second half of a game in which Van Breda Kolff was ejected, according to an article in the Arizona Republic. The Lakers won that game, and Hamilton still has the newspaper clipping hanging on the wall in his home today.
Feb. 12, 2011