Clyde Wayne Lee (born March 14, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player. An All-American at Vanderbilt University, Lee was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1965 NBA draft and was an NBA All-Star, playing ten seasons in the league.
|Born||March 14, 1944|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||David Lipscomb|
|NBA draft||1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the San Francisco Warriors|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1966–1974||San Francisco / Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||5,733 (7.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||7,626 (10.3 rpg)|
|Assists||788 (1.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Lee was known for his rebounding skills and inside scoring prowess. In his junior season (1964–65), he led the Commodores to their first SEC championship (Overall: 24-4, SEC: 15-1), averaging 22.0 points and 15.5 rebounds. He won his first of two consecutive SEC Player of the Year Award. Vanderbilt reached the NCAA Mideast Regional Finals, where they lost to Michigan, 87-85.
The most points ever scored against Kentucky by a Vanderbilt player was the 41 points by Lee in 1965.
During his senior season (1965–66), he averaged 22.7 points and 15.8 rebounds, earning All-American honors and the SEC Player of the Year Award. Sportswriter Howell Pesier described him as "the greatest player in Vanderbilt history".
Lee averaged 21.4 points and 15.5 rebounds over his 79-game Vanderbilt career, leading Vanderbilt to 65 victories in three seasons.
After four years at Vanderbilt, Lee was selected by the San Francisco Warriors with the No. 3 overall pick of the 1966 NBA draft behind Cazzie Russell, No. 1 to the New York Knicks and Dave Bing, Detroit Pistons .
On October 4, 1974 Lee was traded by the San Francisco Warriors to the Atlanta Hawks. He completed a trade from February 2, 1970 that sent a 1970 1st round draft pick (Pete Maravich was later selected) and a player to be named later to the Atlanta Hawks for Zelmo Beaty. Lee was sent to Atlanta as the player to be named later on October 4, 1974.
After only nine games with Atlanta, on November 8, 1974, Lee was traded by the Hawks with a 1975 3rd round draft pick (Jim Baker was later selected) to the Philadelphia 76ers for Tom Van Arsdale. He then concluded his career in Philadelphia, playing his final two seasons.
A strong rebounder and defender, Lee said, “It's what you might consider the dirty work, but that's the way I'm able to play in the league.” He added, “I don't feel that I'm a good shooter, but then again I don't feel I have to score. I don't look for the shot. I try to get an offensive rebound or keep the ball alive. This is my value to the team."
In ten (1966–1976) National Basketball Association seasons, spent with the Warriors (1966-1974), Atlanta Hawks (1974), and Philadelphia 76ers (1974-1976), Lee scored 5,733 points (7.7) with 7,626 (10.3) rebounds in 742 games.
Lee has taught yoga classes at Vanderbilt, after discovering yoga to alleviate pain from basketball injuries.
In 1966, Vanderbilt designated "Clyde Lee Day" on the occasion of Lee's last career home game.
Lee was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
in 2008, Lee was named to the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- Logan, Glenn (February 20, 2013). "Pregame: 'Cats vs. 'Dores". A Sea Of Blue.
- http://vanderbilt.scout.com/2/501285.html Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 21, 2006.
- "Clyde Lee College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
- "1967 NBA Finals - San Francisco Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers". Basketball-Reference.com.
- "Clyde Lee Stats". Basketball-Reference.com.
- Goldaper, Sam (April 22, 1973). "Clyde Lee: The Cleanup Man" – via NYTimes.com.
- "Vanderbilt View : East Meets West". Vanderbilt View.
- http://www.vanderbilt.edu/News/register/Oct23_00/inbrief.html Archived September 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 21, 2006.
- "Clyde Lee Day in 1966". Vanderbilt University Athletics.
- "Clyde Lee « Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame".
- "Vanderbilt Athletics Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class". Vanderbilt University. June 26, 2008. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com