Kalin Lucas

Kalin Jay Lucas (born May 24, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for Crvena zvezda of the ABA League and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball for Michigan State University.

Kalin Jay Lucas
Kalin Lucas Michigan State.jpg
Lucas as a Michigan State Spartan
No. 16 – Crvena zvezda mts
PositionPoint guard
LeagueABA League
Personal information
Born (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989 (age 31)
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight177 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Mary's Prep
(Orchard Lake, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (2007–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2013–2015Iowa Energy
2014Memphis Grizzlies
2015–2016TED Ankara Kolejliler
2016Iowa Energy
2016–2017Erie BayHawks
2017–2018Hapoel Jerusalem
2018–2019Stockton Kings
2019Detroit Pistons
2019Grand Rapids Drive
2020–presentCrvena zvezda
Career highlights and awards

High school careerEdit

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Lucas was listed as the No. 6 point guard and the No. 38 player in the nation in 2007.[1]

College careerEdit

As a freshman, Lucas immediately saw heavy playing time for the 2007–08 Spartans, averaging 25.1 minutes per game.[2] His team-leading 13.5 points per game in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament were a major component of their Sweet Sixteen run.[3]

During his sophomore season, Lucas earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors, All-Big Ten first team selection, and was named Michigan State's MVP, all while carrying the Spartans to the National Championship game against North Carolina. He led MSU in scoring (14.7 ppg), field goals made (173) and attempted (438), free throws made (172) and attempted (213), assists (4.6 apg) and minutes (31.9 mpg), while ranking second in steals (39).[4]

Lucas continued to lead the Spartans in his junior season, as he earned All-Big Ten first team honors and was also named Co-MVP of the team, along with Raymar Morgan. On January 26, 2010, he made a mid-range jumper at Michigan with 3.5 seconds remaining, which gave Michigan State a one-point lead, and eventually a 57-56 victory over their in-state rivals. He struggled to stay healthy the rest of the season, spraining his ankle a month before the Big Ten Tournament and eventually rupturing his Achilles tendon in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament against Maryland. Lucas' season was instantly put to an end, but the Spartans rallied, making their way to a second straight Final Four appearance.[4]

Lucas was voted Team MVP and All-Big Ten second team during his senior season. He finished his four-year career at Michigan State as the school's all-time leader in free-throws made (507) and attempted (637). He is also one of just four Spartans to total 1,500 career points and 500 career assists, finishing his career with 1,996 total points.[4]

Professional careerEdit


On July 23, 2011, Lucas signed with Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League.[5][6] On January 24, 2012, he was released by Olympiacos.[7][8] Five days later, he signed with Banvit of Turkey for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[9]

In July 2012, Lucas joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[10] In October 2012, he re-joined Banvit for the 2012–13 season.[11]

On September 27, 2013, Lucas signed with the Chicago Bulls,[12] but was later waived on October 2.[13] In November 2013, he was acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Bulls.[14]

In July 2014, Lucas joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[15] He signed with the Grizzlies on September 25, 2014,[16] but was later waived on October 25.[17]

On October 31, 2014, Lucas was reacquired by the Iowa Energy.[18] He re-signed with the Grizzlies on November 4, 2014.[19] but was waived again on November 9 before appearing in a game for them.[20] He re-joined Iowa on November 12,[21] only to re-sign with the Grizzlies on November 19 and debuting in the NBA the same day, recording one steal in five minutes of action against the Toronto Raptors.[22][23] However, he was waived again the next day.[24] On November 22, he re-joined Iowa.[25] In March 2015, he left Iowa and signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler of the Turkish Basketball League.[26][27]


In July 2015, Lucas signed with the Chinese team Qingdao DoubleStar,[28] but was let go after a tryout period. He subsequently re-signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler in August 2015.[29] Lucas was selected to compete in the Turkish League's All-Star Skills Challenge but had to withdraw due to injury.[30]

On October 29, 2016, Lucas was reacquired by the Iowa Energy.[31] In 14 games, he averaged 16.9 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. On December 22, he was traded to the Erie BayHawks in exchange for the rights to Jordan Sibert and a third-round pick.[32]

On August 31, 2017, Lucas signed with the Orlando Magic.[33] On October 13, 2017, he was waived by the Magic.[34]

On November 5, 2017, Lucas signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem for the 2017–18 season.[35][36]

For the 2018–19 season, Lucas joined the Stockton Kings of the G League.[37] On January 15, 2019, he was signed by the Detroit Pistons on a two-way contract.[38]


On February 15, 2020, Lucas was signed by Crvena zvezda of the ABA League and the EuroLeague for the rest of the 2019–20 season.[39]

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


Regular seasonEdit

2014–15 Memphis 1 0 6.0 .000 - - .0 .0 .0 .0 0.0
2018–19 Detroit 1 0 6.0 .000 .000 1.000 3.0 1.0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 2 0 6.0 .000 .000 1.000 1.5 .5 .5 .0 1.0


  1. ^ Kalin Lucas Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ "Kalin Lucas Player Profile". RealGM.com. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Michigan State Makes Seventh Trip To Sweet 16 In Last 11 Seasons". msuspartans.com. March 25, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Kalin Lucas Bio
  5. ^ Olympiacos lands rookie Kalin Lucas
  6. ^ Olympiacos tabs rookie Lucas at point
  7. ^ Olympiacos and rookie Kalin Lucas part ways
  8. ^ Olympiacos releases guard Lucas
  9. ^ Kalin Lucas signs with Banvit, Omar Sneed with Mersin
  10. ^ Spurs Announce 2012 Summer League Roster
  11. ^ "Former Michigan State star Kalin Lucas playing in Turkey". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  12. ^ "Patrick Christopher, Mike James, Dahntay Jones, Kalin Lucas, Dexter Pittman and D.J. White in Bulls training camp". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  14. ^ 2013-2014 Energy Training Camp Roster
  15. ^ Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League roster
  16. ^ Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Training Camp roster
  17. ^ Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas and Patrick Christopher
  18. ^ IOWA ENERGY ANNOUNCE RETURNING, TRYOUT PLAYERS FOR 2014 TRAINING CAMP Archived 2014-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Memphis Grizzlies sign Kalin Lucas
  20. ^ Memphis Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas
  21. ^ Kalin Lucas Rejoins Iowa Energy
  22. ^ Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Kalin Lucas & Hassan Whiteside
  23. ^ "Raptors beat undermanned Grizzlies 96-92". Archived from the original on 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  24. ^ Memphis Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside
  25. ^ Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside Rejoin Iowa Energy
  26. ^ TED Kolejliler Ankara lands Kalin Lucas, agent says
  27. ^ Energy Announce Kalin Lucas Signs with Turkish Team
  28. ^ Kalin Lucas signs with Qingdao Double Star
  29. ^ TED Kolejliler Ankara extends the deal with Kalin Lucas
  30. ^ Recap of Spor Toto All-Star 2016
  31. ^ "Energy Announce Returning, Affiliate and Tryout Players". NBA.com. October 29, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  32. ^ "BayHawks Acquire Kalin Lucas in New Trade". OurSportsCentral.com. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  33. ^ Magic Sign Troy Caupain and Kalin Lucas
  34. ^ Magic Waive Kalin Lucas and Damjan Rudez
  35. ^ "המחליף של ג'רלס: קיילין לוקאס בבירה". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  36. ^ "Kalin Lucas signs with Hapoel Jerusalem". Sportando.com. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  37. ^ "STOCKTON KINGS WAIVE FOUR PLAYERS". NBA.com. October 31, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  38. ^ "OFFICIAL: The Pistons have signed guards Isaiah Whitehead and Kalin Lucas to two-way contracts". Detroit Pistons on Twitter. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  39. ^ "Kalin Lucas signs with Crvena zvezda mts until the end of the season". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 15 February 2020.

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