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Phil Lumpkin

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Phil Lumpkin December 20, 1951 – November 2, 2009 was an American professional basketball player and high school basketball coach


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 College career
  • 3 NBA career
  • 4 Coaching career
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 References

Early life

Lumpkin was born in Dayton, Ohio the son of Harold and Dorothy Lumpkin He starred at Roth High School in Dayton, where he teamed at guard with another future NBA player, Don Smith Lumpkin graduated from Roth in 1970

College career

Lumpkin played college basketball at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he letter for three years He became the starting point guard as a sophomore, averaging a team-leading 167 points and 35 assists per game

As a junior in 1972-73, he averaged 138 points and 57 assists and led Miami to the Mid-American Conference MAC title As a senior, he again led the team with 181 points and 57 assists per game

In 1981, he received his degree in Physical Education from Miami

NBA career

A 6'0" 183 m and 165 lb 75 kg point guard, Lumpkin was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round 34th overall of the 1974 NBA Draft, opting to play for that team instead of the Virginia Squires which selected him in the American Basketball Association draft He played two seasons in the NBA as a member of the Blazers and Phoenix Suns, averaging 33 points per game

As a rookie, he played in 48 games, averaging 165 minutes, 42 points and 37 assists per game Coach Lenny Wilkens did, however, start him at point guard for a seven-game stretch in which Lumpkin 91 points and 83 assists in 357 minutes of playing time per game as the Blazers won three of the seven He also had 10 assists in each of two of those games His high-point game was on January 10, 1975 with 14 points against the Phoenix Suns

On June 9, 1975, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns In 34 games, he averaged 109 minutes, 21 points and 14 assists per game and the Suns advanced to the NBA Finals, losing four games to two to the Boston Celtics

On October 15, 1976, he was waived by the Suns, ending his two-year NBA career

Coaching career

In 1991, Lumpkin became a physical education teacher and head coach of the boys' basketball program at O'Dea High School in Seattle, Washington Between 1993 and 2007, the team advanced to seven state finals and won five Class 3A state titles, in 1993, 1997, 2004, 2005, and 2007

Personal life

In 1983, Lumpkin was inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame

He was discovered dead on the Monday morning of November 2, 2009, shortly after being diagnosed with pneumonia He was 57 years old He was survived by a son

Shortly before his death, he was selected for induction into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Association Hall of Fame Also in his honor, the O'Dea High School basketball court was renamed Phil Lumpkin Court


  1. ^ a b Phil Lumpkin statistics at basketball-referencecom Retrieved on November 4, 2009
  2. ^ http://wwwlegacycom/obituaries/dayton/obituaryaspxpage=notice&pid=135695060
  3. ^ http://wwwmuredhawkscom/ViewArticledbmlDB_OEM_ID=26100&ATCLID=208497765
  4. ^ http://wwwthedraftreviewcom/indexphpoption=com_content&task=view&id=923
  5. ^ http://wwwlegacycom/obituaries/dayton/obituaryaspxpage=notice&pid=135695060
  6. ^ https://wwwbasketball-referencecom/players/l/lumpkph01html
  7. ^ http://wwwiamatrailblazersfancom/DefaultaspxTabId=120&ItemID=748
  8. ^ https://wwwbasketball-referencecom/players/l/lumpkph01/gamelog/1975/
  9. ^ https://wwwbasketball-referencecom/players/l/lumpkph01html
  10. ^ https://wwwbasketball-referencecom/players/l/lumpkph01html
  11. ^ http://wwwodeaorg/athletics/basketball/phil-lumpkin-court/
  12. ^ http://wwwmuredhawkscom/ViewArticledbmlATCLID=205502220
  13. ^ http://wwwlegacycom/obituaries/dayton/obituaryaspxpage=notice&pid=135695060
  14. ^ http://wwwodeaorg/athletics/basketball/phil-lumpkin-court/

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