Bob Lanier

American basketball player (1948–2022)

Robert Jerry Lanier Jr. (September 10, 1948 – May 10, 2022) was an American professional basketball player. He played center for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Lanier was honored into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Bob Lanier
Lanier in 2004
Personal information
Born(1948-09-10)September 10, 1948
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 10, 2022(2022-05-10) (aged 73)
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolBennett (Buffalo, New York)
CollegeSt. Bonaventure (1967–1970)
NBA draft1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1970–1984
Career history
As player:
19701980Detroit Pistons
19801984Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
1994–1995Golden State Warriors (assistant)
1995Golden State Warriors (interim)
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points19,248 (20.1 ppg)
Rebounds9,698 (10.1 rpg)
Blocks1,100 (1.5 bpg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

After retiring from playing he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, and briefly was their interim head coach. He went on to work as an NBA Cares Global Ambassador.

Lanier died on May 10, 2022 from a short-illness, aged 73.[1]


  1. "HOFer Lanier, 8-time NBA All-Star, dies at 73". May 11, 2022. Retrieved May 10, 2022.