PLAYER PROFILE

JIM POLLARD

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Jim Pollard starred on the 1941-42 Stanford University national collegiate championship team. After service in World War II, Pollard played for the San Diego Dons (1945-46) and the Oakland Bittners (1946-47)  in the AAU-affiliated American Basketball League. He led the league in scoring both seasons. In 1947, he joined the Minneapolis Lakers where he played for the next eight seasons until his retirement in 1955. The Lakers won six titles during the eight years, one in the the National Basketball League and five in the National Basketball Association. Pollard was a graceful, athletic player who was nicknamed “The Kangaroo Kid” because of his extraordinary leaping ability.  Pollard teamed on the Lakers with George Mikan and Vern Mikkelsen, forming one of the best front courts in the history of the NBA. After retiring as a player, Pollard coached on the  collegiate and professional level. He coached La Salle University for three seasons (1955-58) compiling a 48-28 record. Pollard  coached in  both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. In the 1967-68 season. Pollard coached the Minnesota Muskies to the ABA finals.  In 1978, Pollard was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

JIM POLLARD Height: 6:04 Weight: 185 College: Stanford’42
James Clifford Pollard Born:  Jul 9, 1922 Died:  Jan 22, 1993 Hometown: Oakland, Ca.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1942-45 Military Service
1945-46 San Diego Dons ABL
1946-47 Oakland Bittners ABL
1947-48 Minneapolis NBL 59 310 140 207 .676 760 12.9
1948-49 Minneapolis NBA 53 314 156 227 .687 142 784 14.8
1949-50 Minneapolis NBA 66 394 185 242 .764 252 973 14.7
1950-51 Minneapolis NBA 54 256 117 156 .750 184 629 11.6
1951-52 Minneapolis NBA 65 411 183 260 .704 234 1005 15.5
1952-53 Minneapolis NBA 66 333 193 251 .769 231 859 13.0
1953-54 Minneapolis NBA 71 326 179 230 .778 214 831 11.7
1954-55 Minneapolis NBA 63 265 151 186 .812 160 681 10.8
Major League Totals 497 2609 ## 1759 .741 6522 13.1
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1947-48 Minneapolis NBL 10 48 27 41 .659 123 12.3
1947-48 Minneapolis WBT 3 19 7 8 .875 39 45 15.0
1948-49 Minneapolis BAA 10 43 44 62 .710 39 130 13.0
1949-50 Minneapolis NBA 12 50 44 62 .710 56 144 12.0
1950-51 Minneapolis NBA 7 35 25 30 .833 27 95 13.6
1951-52 Minneapolis NBA 11 70 37 50 .740 33 177 16.1
1952-53 Minneapolis NBA 12 62 48 62 .774 49 172 14.3
1953-54 Minneapolis NBA 13 56 48 60 .800 41 160 12.3
1954-55 Minneapolis NBA 7 33 33 46 .717 14 99 14.1
Major League Totals 85 416 313 421 .743 1145 13.5

 

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