The UCLA Basketball All-Time Team

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UCLA Basketball championship banner inside Pauley Pavilion.

Photo Credit: Mike Regalado

2. Keith Wilkes 1971-74

Wilkes, as the saying goes, was “smooth”. Legendary Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn had said often called his shot the “20-foot lay-up”. His game was one of the prettiest ever at UCLA. The way he moved in such a fluid motion was like poetry and he did it nigh in and night out.

And what did that get him? Well to start, two National Championships, participation in UCLA’s epic 88-game win streak (what would be the longest win streak in college basketball at that time), twice named an All-American, two-time All-Pac-8 selection and three-time Academic All-American.

In his time at UCLA, he averaged 16.7 ppg, 7.4 rig and had a collegiate career field goal percentage of 51.4%. Now that is smooth.

Wilkes went on to play 10 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, winning one championship in the bay and three with the Lakers.

In 1975, Wilkes converted to Islam and changed his name to Jamaal Abdul-Lateef, but is better known as Jamaal Wilkes to this day.

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