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Jim Tucker (basketball)

Jim Tucker
No. 14, 17
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1932-12-11) December 11, 1932
Paris, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College Duquesne (1951–1954)
NBA draft 1954 / Round: 3 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Syracuse Nationals
Pro career 1954–1957
Career history
19541957 Syracuse Nationals
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 407
Rebounds 349
Assists 52
Stats at

James D. Tucker (born December 11, 1932) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'7" forward from Duquesne University, Tucker played three seasons (1954–1957) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Syracuse Nationals. He averaged 4.1 points per game in his career and won a league championship in 1955.

Tucker and teammate Earl Lloyd were the first two African Americans to play on an NBA championship team.[1]

On February 20, 1955, Tucker, in his rookie year, recorded the fastest triple-double in NBA history, achieving the mark in just 17 minutes. He finished the game with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in a 104-84 win over the New York Knicks.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Paul Kuharsky. "Pioneer Lived Out His Hoop Dreams". Black Athlete Sports Network.
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  4. ^ "Russell Westbrook logs NBA’s second-fastest triple-double in Thunder victory". Washington Post. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 

External links

  • Jim Tucker at
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