West Virginia Mountaineers in the NBA All-Star Game

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2. Rod Hundley, Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (1960 and 1961)

All-Star Game Totals: 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists

Rod Hundley translated an incredible West Virginia basketball career  into the first overall pick in the 1957 NBA Draft, selected by the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings, at least for the time being). His career with the Royals lasted all of about a minute as the Royals traded his rights to the Minneapolis Lakers.

With the Lakers, Hundley would serve as a great set-up man, distirbuting 1,455 assists over his 6 seasons. Hundley would take a couple of seasons to mature and really make his mark in the league. During the 1959-60 season, Hundley came into his own, averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. His body of work in the first half of that season earned him an appearance in the 1960 NBA All-Star game.

In that game, Hundley shot 5 of 12 from the field for the West, scoring 10 points. He also added 3 rebounds and 2 assists. East beat the West 125-115.

Hundley would follow up his 1960 All-Star nod with a 1961 All-Star game appearance. Even when the Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960, Hundley shined for the Lakers. That season he averaged 11 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game, earning a second-straight All-Star game invite. That season also was the debut of his new teammate, and fellow Mountaineer, Jerry West.

In the 1961 NBA All-Star game, Hundley scored 14 points and added 2 assists in a West victory, 153-131.

Rod Hundley was part of a Lakers squad that appeared in three NBA Finals (1959, 1962, and 1963). Following his successful NBA career, Hundley completed a tri-fecta of memorable careers (Mountaineer and Lakers) with a famous career as an announcer of the Utah Jazz.

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