James Worthy Player
Inducted in 2006
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee 2003
As a 6'9", 225 pound forward, "Big Game James" Worthy was at his very best when a game was on the line. Along with teammates Sam Perkins and Michael Jordan, Worthy helped power Coach Dean Smith's Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA Championship. He was named to the 1982 All-American team, the same year he was named Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Final Four. Worthy was selected Number 1 by Los Angeles in the 1982 NBA Draft and went on to help the Lakers win NBA Titles in 1985, '87 and '88. He was the NBA Finals MVP in 1988, seven-time NBA All-Star from 1986-92 and named One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
Where They Are Now
NBA Analyst for "Sports Central" and Co-Host for LTV, the Lakers pregame specials preceding the Lakers road games on KCAL 9 and CBS2 (Los Angeles)
Where They Were
University of North Carolina 1980-1982