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Joe Pace (born December 18, 1953) is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the NBA for the Washington Bullets and in Italy.

Joe Pace
Personal information
Born (1953-12-18) December 18, 1953 (age 65)
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolFranklin (Somerset, New Jersey)
NBA draft1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1976–1981
Career history
19761978Washington Bullets
1979–1981Scavolini Pesaro
Career highlights and awards
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College careerEdit

Pace played college basketball at Maryland Eastern Shore and Coppin State.

Professional careerEdit

Pace won a league championship with the Washington Bullets in 1977–78.

On August 8, 1978, he was signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics, but he never played a regular season game for the team.


In May 2008, he resided at a homeless shelter in Seattle.[1] Shortly after The Seattle Post-Intelligencer documented his troubles, he received an outpouring of support from within the NBA community, and has now found a home.[2]


  1. ^ Raley, Dan (15 May 2008), "From NBA glory to homeless shelter", The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  2. ^ Raley, Dan (30 June 2008), "Benefactors unite to lift former player from the streets", The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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