Jamaal Wilkes

Basketball Player
Born May 2, 1953

Jamaal Abdul-Lateef, better known as Jamaal Wilkes, is a retired American basketball player who played the small forward position and won four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. He was a three-time NBA All-Star and the 1975 NBA Rookie of the Year. Wilkes was also a key player on two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship teams under coach John Wooden for the UCLA Bruins.… Read More

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1953 Birth Born on May 2, 1953.


1969 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Wilkes was the incoming student body president and an All-CIF basketball star at Ventura High School in 1969 when his father became pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Santa Barbara, and the family moved there prior to his senior year.
1972 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Wilkes was an All-America Prep player at Santa Barbara High School (his teammate Don Ford also played in the NBA with the Lakers) in Santa Barbara, California. As a two-time All-American at UCLA, Wilkes teamed with Bill Walton to bring UCLA the 1972 and 1973 NCAA titles, and a third-place finish in 1974. … Read More


Wilkes converted to Islam and legally changed his name to Jamaal Abdul-Lateef in 1975, but he continued to use his birth surname only for purposes of public recognition. … Read More
1980 27 Years Old One of the most memorable games of his career was the series clinching Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers; Wilkes had 37 points and 10 rebounds, but was overshadowed by rookie teammate Magic Johnson, who started at center in place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and finished with 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists. "Jamaal Wilkes had an unbelievable game", said Johnson in 2011. "Everybody talked about my 42 points, but it was also his effort."


1984 31 Years Old Wilkes missed the first seven games of the 1984 Playoffs due to a gastrointestinal virus. … Read More
1985 32 Years Old In an interview with the New York Post in 1985 and in several public speaking engagements, legendary coach Wooden stated, when asked to describe his ideal player: "I would have the player be a good student, polite, courteous, a good team player, a good defensive player and rebounder, a good inside player and outside shooter. … Read More


2000 47 Years Old Wilkes was hired as vice president of basketball operations by the Los Angeles Stars for the inaugural season of the new American Basketball Association (ABA) in 2000. … Read More


2003 50 Years Old In 2003, along with business partner Liza Wayne, he founded Jamaal Wilkes Financial Advisors, a firm specializing in wealth management solutions.
2007 54 Years Old In March 2007, he was inducted into the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor.
2012 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 2, 2012, Wilkes was announced as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2012. … Read More
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