The National Basketball Hall of Fame trophy awarded to Jamaal Wilkes at his induction ceremony in 2012 was auctioned for $44,687.50 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions Thursday night.
A native of California, Wilkes began his basketball success story at Santa Barbara (CA) High School, where he was named an All-American Prep player in1970, before being recruited to John Wooden’s legendary program at UCLA in 1971. A two-time All-American forward for the Bruins, Wilkes, along with center Bill Walton, led the Bruins to the 1972 and 1973 NCAA championships, and led UCLA to an unprecedented 88 consecutive victories. Wilkes was drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors in 1974, leading them to the NBA championship the following year. After four seasons in the Bay area, Wilkes joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1977. As part of the “Showtime” Lakers, Wilkes helped the team win three NBA titles — in 1980, 1982 and 1985. He concluded his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, in 1985. A three-time All-Star, Wilkes was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
The bronze Hall of Fame statue features a stylized basketball-textured finial and two plaques affixed to the front of the base, which read, ”Jamaal Wilkes” and ”Class of 2012” respectively.
No specifics were given as to why Wilkes opted to sell. A spokesman for the auction company stated Wilkes “just wanted the trophy to go to a collector who would treasure it.”