Larry Foust


1957-58 (#14) 72 16.8 12.2
1958-59 72 12.3 8.7
1959-60 47 12.2 8.6


Forward, #14


Larry Foust put together a string of eight consecutive All-Star seasons in the 1950s, the last two with the Lakers.

After playing for the Fort Wayne Pistons for the first seven seasons of his career, the 6-foot-9 center was traded to the Lakers for Walter Dukes in September 1957.

In 1957-58, Foust led the Lakers with 12.2 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 16.8 points per game. That season, he was seventh in the league in rebounds per game and rebounds (876), fourth in free throws (566) and seventh in free throws made (428). He was second in fouls (299).

Foust’s statistics dipped the next season to 8.7 rebounds (second on the team to rookie Elgin Baylor) and 12.3 points (fourth on the team) per game. He did not play in the 1959-60 season, during which he was traded to the St. Louis Hawks for Nick Mantis, Chuck Share and Willie Merriweather.

In his 12-year career, Foust had 11,198 points and 8,041 rebounds (56th all time). He is 48th all time in rebounds per game (9.8), 75th in fouls (2,909), 75th in free throws (4,816) and 85th in free throws made (3,570).

— Chuck Schilken
Feb. 12, 2011