Wicks with the Portland Trail Blazers.
|No. 21, 12|
|Date of birth||September 19, 1949|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, California|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in|
|Listed weight||225 lbs|
|NBA Draft||1971; Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|1971-1976||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1978-1981||San Diego Clippers|
|1981-1982||Reyer Venezia Mestre|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Sidney Wicks at NBA.com|
Sidney Wicks (born September 19, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played on three national championship teams at UCLA and professionally in the NBA from 1971 to 1981.
He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California. Because of poor grades he had to go to Santa Monica Junior College for a year until he was able to gain admission into UCLA. (Ironically, Wicks was later to earn Academic All-America honors at UCLA in 1971.) A 6'8" power forward/center, Wicks was a star at UCLA, leading the Bruins to three straight NCAA Division I Men's Tournament championships from 1969 to 1971, and being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four in 1970.
The Portland Trail Blazers selected Wicks with the second pick of the 1971 NBA Draft, and after averaging 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, Wicks was named NBA Rookie of the Year. Wicks played for nine more seasons as a member of the Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, and San Diego Clippers, and though he was never able to match the same level of production he achieved as a rookie, he had a solid career, appearing in four NBA All-Star Games. After retiring from the NBA in 1981, he played in Italy for one season. He served as an assistant coach at UCLA for four years.
Since leaving the game he has become a successful businessman, currently residing in Wilmington, North Carolina.