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November 22nd, 2015 at 9:56 pm

33 Players Lost: World B Free

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After watching C-Webb in their fab Five of LA Clippers, caught my attention this player from the ’80s. World B. Free born Lloyd Bernard Free on December 9, 1953 in Atlanta, played 13 seasons in the NBA between 1975 and 1988. With 1.88 meters tall, played as a Base. He was All-Star in the NBA in 1980. Currently serves as Ambassador of Basketball for the Philadelphia 76ers.World received the nickname by a fellow in the High School because of his vertical jump of 1.11 meters and 360-degree dunks. He played three seasons with the Quakers of Guilford College small college in North Carolina. In 1973, its first year, after averaging 21.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, helped his team win the NAIA tournament, being named best player of mismo.En its entire college career he averaged 23 , 6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He was elected at the twenty-third position of the NBA Draft 1975, in the second round by the Philadelphia 76ers, the team where he began in his first season as a backup to . The following year he earned a spot in the starting lineup, averaging 16.3 points per game, playing alongside greats like Julius Erving and George McGinnis, coming to contest the finals that year, where they lost to Portland Trail Blazers. He played one more year in the Sixers before being traded in the 1978-79 season to San Diego Clippers, who had just moved to this city from Buffalo.He became the undisputed leader of the team, averaging 28.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game and finishing as second top scorer in the league after George Gervin. The 1979-80 season would be the best of his career in the NBA. He returned to stay as second top scorer in the league again after Gervin, averaging 30.2 points per game and was chosen to play what would be his only All-Star Game, where he scored 14 points and five assists 21 minutes of play. In the summer of 1980-81 season he was traded to Golden State Warriors, forming an explosive trio with Bernard King and Joe Barry Carroll, author of half of the team’s points in the two seasons he was there. In both seasons, appeared in the list of the top 10 scorers in the league, and became magazine cover of the prestigious Sports Illustrated December 15, 1980. Shortly after beginning the 1982-83 season was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he remained for four seasons, leading in all the team in scoring. In 1986 prove fortune for a few months in the USBL in the Tropics, with whom he won the championship and was voted Man of the Year in the league. He returned to the NBA by playing 20 games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1986-87 as the third base of the team, behind Maurice Cheeks and Andrew Toney, with very few minutes.


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