Date of birth:
January 19, 1969
Place of birth:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Scotch College (Perth)
7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
265 lb (120 kg)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (1991–1994)
- Chicago Bulls (1994–1998)
- Phoenix Suns (1998–2000)
- New York Knicks (2000–2001)
- 1st Round 7th overall selection by Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1991 Draft
- 3× NBA Champion (1996–1998) with the Chicago Bulls
Luc Longley (real name Lucien James) was the first Australian to play in the NBA and played eleven seasons for four different teams.
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Longely started his career in the NBL, where he played two games for the Perth Wildcats, before he was recruited by University of New Mexico where we would attend between 1987–1991.
After being drafted 1st Round 7th overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1991 draft, Longley spent two mediocre seasons with the struggling franchise before being traded to the Chicago Bulls for Stacey King late in the 1993-94 season.
Longleys career took off as the Bulls went on to win three straight championships thanks to a few well known and pretty talented teammates in Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoč and Dennis Rodman and a hall of fame coach Phil Jackson.
After 1998, Chicago sent Longley to the Phoenix Suns in a sign and trade deal where he would struggled with form and injuries.
Longley was then traded to the New York Knicks prior to the 2000–01 NBA season in a blockbuster four-team trade including Hall Of Fame player Patrick Ewing. Longley only spent one year with New York before retiring and to this day has played more NBA games than any other Australian.
Longley was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at its 25th anniversary dinner in 2009.
Photo credit: News.com.au
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