George Lynch (basketball)

George DeWitt Lynch III (born September 3, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1993 to 2005. He holds the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball record for most career steals.

George Lynch
Personal information
Born (1970-09-03) September 3, 1970 (age 49)
Roanoke, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolPatrick Henry (Roanoke, Virginia)
CollegeNorth Carolina (1989–1993)
NBA draft1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1993–2017
PositionSmall forward
Number30, 24, 34, 9
Career history
As player:
19931996Los Angeles Lakers
19961998Vancouver Grizzlies
19992001Philadelphia 76ers
20012005Charlotte / New Orleans Hornets
As coach:
2006–2007SMU (graduate assistant)
2010–2012UC Irvine (strength & conditioning)
2012–2013SMU (assistant)
2013–2014SMU (strength & conditioning)
2014–2017SMU (Director of Player Development)
2017–2018Detroit Pistons - NBA G League Affiliate - Grand Rapids Drive (assistant coach)
2018–presentClark Atlanta University (Head Coach)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,109 (6.6 ppg)
Rebounds3,902 (5.0 rpg)
Steals817 (1.1 spg)
Stats at

Early lifeEdit

Lynch was raised in Roanoke, Virginia, and played basketball at Patrick Henry High for coach Woody Dean. Lynch was part of the 1988 Virginia State Champion Team at Patrick Henry. For his senior year, he transferred to Flint Hill School, a prep school located outside Washington, D.C. to better his chances at college prospects.

Professional careerEdit

After leading the University of North Carolina to an NCAA title in 1993, he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 12th overall pick in that year's NBA draft. With the Lakers, he wore jersey numbers #24, #30 and #34. Lynch was the last Laker to wear number #34 before Shaquille O'Neal. Lynch was traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies along with Anthony Peeler in 1996 in order to open up salary cap space to sign Shaquille O'Neal. He joined the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent in 1999.

With Theo Ratliff, Tyrone Hill, Eric Snow, Dikembe Mutombo, Allen Iverson, and coach Larry Brown Lynch helped form one of the better defenses in the league.

After playing with the 76ers for three seasons, he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in a three-way trade also involving Derrick Coleman, Jérôme Moïso, Robert Traylor, and Vonteego Cummings, among others, in 2001, retiring after 2004–05.

Post-playing careerEdit

On December 20, 2006, he joined the Southern Methodist University men's basketball staff under head coach Matt Doherty, who was part of North Carolina Tar Heels 1981–1982 NCAA championship team (thus, both played for coach Dean Smith). Lynch became the team's administrative assistant/graduate manager.[1] He moved on to be founder and director of Flight Nine Basketball from 2006 until 2010, then spent 2010–12 at UC-Irvine as a strength and conditioning coach for basketball and an assistant athletics director for community relations before re-joining the SMU men's basketball staff in 2012 under head coach and fellow UNC alum Larry Brown.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-04. Retrieved 2007-02-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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