Leonard Randolph "Lenny" Wilkens is an American retired basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association . He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team", for which he was an assistant coach. He is also a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Wilkens in 1968
|Born|| October 28, 1937 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Boys (Brooklyn, New York)|
|NBA draft||1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the St. Louis Hawks|
|Number||32, 15, 14, 19, 17|
|1960–1968||St. Louis Hawks|
|1974–1975||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1974–1976||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2004–2005||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||17,772 (16.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||5,030 (4.7 rpg)|
|Assists||7,211 (6.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as coach|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame |
Inducted in 2006
Leonard Randolph "Lenny" Wilkens (born October 28, 1937) is an American retired basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team", for which he was an assistant coach. He is also a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Wilkens was a combined 13-time NBA All-Star as a player (nine times) and as a head coach (four times), was the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year, won the 1979 NBA Championship as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, and an Olympic gold medal as the head coach of the 1996 U.S. men's basketball team.
From the 1994–95 season until the 2009–10 season, Wilkens was the winningest coach in NBA history and retired still holding the record at 1,332 victories. Wilkens is now second on the list behind Don Nelson. He won the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2010–11 NBA season. Wilkens is also the most prolific coach in NBA history, at 2,487 regular season games, 89 more games than Nelson, and over 400 more than any other coach, and has more losses than any other coach in NBA history, at 1,155.