Originally drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in the sixth round of the 1963 NBA draft, Jay Carty made his professional debut in the 1968-69 season, playing 28 games for the Lakers as a 27-year-old rookie. After graduating from Oregon State, Carty put off his NBA career to pursue a doctorate degree at UCLA.
During his time in Westwood, Carty worked as an assistant to the Bruins’ freshman coach. He worked with many of the Bruins’ young players, including future Laker Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). The Lakers also asked him to work with their young players and, eventually, offered him a contract. But Carty’s stay with the Lakers was brief. The team did not re-sign him at the end of the season, bringing his NBA career to a close.