Willis Reed

American basketball player (1942–2023)

Willis Reed Jr. (June 25, 1942 – March 21, 2023) was an American retired basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career (1964–1974) with the New York Knicks. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1996 he was voted one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History".[1]

Willis Reed
Willis Reed 1972 publicity photo.jpg
Reed with the New York Knicks in 1972
Personal information
Born(1942-06-25)June 25, 1942
Dubach, Louisiana
DiedMarch 21, 2023(2023-03-21) (aged 80)
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolWest Side (Lillie, Louisiana)
CollegeGrambling State (1960–1964)
NBA draft1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1964–1974
Coaching career1977–1989
Career history
As player:
19641974New York Knicks
As coach:
19771978New York Knicks
19851987Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
1987–1988Sacramento Kings (assistant)
19881989New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points12,183 (18.7 ppg)
Rebounds8,414 (12.9 rpg)
Assists1,186 (1.8 apg)
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006


  1. "50 Greatest Players in NBA History". Basketball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2022-09-03. Retrieved 2022-09-10.