Lonnie Shelton

Lonnie Jewel Shelton (October 19, 1955 – July 8, 2018) was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player who played from 1976 to 1985.

This article is about the American basketball player. For the American serial rapist, see Ronnie Shelton.

Lonnie Shelton
Personal information
Born (1955-10-19)October 19, 1955
Bakersfield, California
Died July 8, 2018(2018-07-08) (aged 62)
Westminster, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Foothill (Bakersfield, California)
College Oregon State (1973–1976)
NBA draft 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 1976–1986
Position Power forward / Center
Number 8
Career history
19761978 New York Knicks
19781983 Seattle SuperSonics
19831986 Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 8,049 (12.0 ppg)
Rebounds 4,136 (6.1 rpg)
Assists 1,459 (2.2 apg)
Stats  at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Shelton played college basketball for Oregon State University. He was drafted by the Memphis Sounds (soon to become the Baltimore Claws) of the American Basketball Association in 1975 but elected to stay in college. He was then selected by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft.

Shelton led the NBA in personal fouls in his first two seasons with New York. After the Knicks obtained free agent Marvin Webster from the SuperSonics in 1978, the NBA awarded Shelton and the Knicks’ 1979 first-round pick to Seattle as compensation.[1]

In 1979, his first season with the SuperSonics, Shelton was the team’s starting power forward. That season, he set a SuperSonics record by going 13 for 13 from the field in a game (17 total consecutive field goals), and helped the SuperSonics win the NBA Finals. Shelton was one of three SuperSonics represented in the 1982 NBA All-Star Game (along with Jack Sikma and Gus Williams) and was named to the NBA’s 1982 2nd All-Defense Team. Shelton played five seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics and finishing his career playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons.[1]

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