1979-80 (#9) 82 10.6 6.9
1980-81 82 10.8 8

Jim Chones

Forward, #9


The 6-foot-11 forward played primarily as a starter during his two seasons in Los Angeles from 1979-81, pairing up with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to help the Lakers dominate the inside game en route to winning the 1980 NBA title.

Chones was drafted by the Lakers in 1973, but was sent to the Cavaliers in 1974 before ever playing a game in purple and gold. He was reacquired by the Lakers in a trade that sent Dave Robisch and a future draft pick (Ron Jones) to Cleveland.

Before the Lakers drafted him, Chones played two years in the American Basketball Assn. after becoming the second player in NCAA history to leave school early to turn professional.

Upon rejoining the Lakers, he played all 82 games in each of his seasons with the team, averaging 10.7 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Following the team’s disappointing first-round playoff exit in 1981, Chones was shipped to Washington along with Brad Holland and two future draft picks as compensation for the team's signing of veteran free agent Mitch Kupchak, now the Lakers' general manager.

Chones retired at the end of the 1981-82 season and went on to become a television and radio broadcaster for the Cavaliers. He was inducted into the Marquette University Hall of Fame in 2004.

— Austin Knoblauch
Feb. 12, 2011

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