Kalin Jay Lucas (born May 24, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association, on a two-way contract with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Michigan State University.
Lucas as a Michigan State Spartan
|No. 6 – Grand Rapids Drive|
|League||NBA G League|
|Born||May 24, 1989|
Sterling Heights, Michigan
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||St. Mary's Preparatory|
(Orchard Lake, Michigan)
|College||Michigan State (2007–2011)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|2015–2016||TED Ankara Kolejliler|
|2019–present||→Grand Rapids Drive|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school careerEdit
As a freshman, Lucas immediately saw heavy playing time for the 2007–08 Spartans, averaging 25.1 minutes per game. His team-leading 13.5 points per game in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament were a major component of their Sweet Sixteen run.
During his sophomore season, Lucas earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors, All-Big Ten first team selection, and was named Michigan State's MVP, all while carrying the Spartans to the National Championship game against North Carolina. He led MSU in scoring (14.7 ppg), field goals made (173) and attempted (438), free throws made (172) and attempted (213), assists (4.6 apg) and minutes (31.9 mpg), while ranking second in steals (39).
Lucas continued to lead the Spartans in his junior season, as he earned All-Big Ten first team honors and was also named Co-MVP of the team, along with Raymar Morgan. On January 26, 2010, he made a mid-range jumper at Michigan with 3.5 seconds remaining, which gave Michigan State a one-point lead, and eventually a 57-56 victory over their in-state rivals. He struggled to stay healthy the rest of the season, spraining his ankle a month before the Big Ten Tournament and eventually rupturing his Achilles tendon in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament against Maryland. Lucas' season was instantly put to an end, but the Spartans rallied, making their way to a second straight Final Four appearance.
Lucas was voted Team MVP and All-Big Ten second team during his senior season. He finished his four-year career at Michigan State as the school's all-time leader in free-throws made (507) and attempted (637). He is also one of just four Spartans to total 1,500 career points and 500 career assists, finishing his career with 1,996 total points.
On July 23, 2011, Lucas signed with Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League. On January 24, 2012, he was released by Olympiacos. Five days later, he signed with Banvit of Turkey for the rest of the 2011–12 season.
On September 27, 2013, Lucas signed with the Chicago Bulls, but was later waived on October 2. In November 2013, he was acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Bulls.
On October 31, 2014, Lucas was reacquired by the Iowa Energy. He re-signed with the Grizzlies on November 4, 2014. but was waived again on November 9 before appearing in a game for them. He re-joined Iowa on November 12, only to re-sign with the Grizzlies on November 19 and debuting in the NBA the same day, recording one steal in five minutes of action against the Toronto Raptors. However, he was waived again the next day. On November 22, he re-joined Iowa. In March 2015, he left Iowa and signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler of the Turkish Basketball League.
In July 2015, Lucas signed with Chinese team Qingdao DoubleStar, but was let go after a tryout period. He subsequently re-signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler in August 2015. Lucas was selected to compete in the Turkish League's All-Star Skills Challenge, but had to withdraw due to injury.
On October 29, 2016, Lucas was reacquired by the Iowa Energy. In 14 games, he averaged 16.9 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. On December 22, he was traded to the Erie BayHawks in exchange for the rights to Jordan Sibert and a third-round pick.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Kalin Lucas Recruiting Profile
- "Kalin Lucas Player Profile". RealGM.com. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- "Michigan State Makes Seventh Trip To Sweet 16 In Last 11 Seasons". msuspartans.com. March 25, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- Kalin Lucas Bio
- Olympiacos lands rookie Kalin Lucas
- Olympiacos tabs rookie Lucas at point
- Olympiacos and rookie Kalin Lucas part ways
- Olympiacos releases guard Lucas
- Kalin Lucas signs with Banvit, Omar Sneed with Mersin
- Spurs Announce 2012 Summer League Roster
- Former Michigan State star Kalin Lucas playing in Turkey
- Patrick Christopher, Mike James, Dahntay Jones, Kalin Lucas, Dexter Pittman and D.J. White in Bulls training camp
- BULLS WAIVE LUCAS AND CHRISTOPHER
- 2013-2014 Energy Training Camp Roster
- Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League roster
- Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Training Camp roster
- Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas and Patrick Christopher
- IOWA ENERGY ANNOUNCE RETURNING, TRYOUT PLAYERS FOR 2014 TRAINING CAMP Archived 2014-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Memphis Grizzlies sign Kalin Lucas
- Memphis Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas
- Kalin Lucas Rejoins Iowa Energy
- Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Kalin Lucas & Hassan Whiteside
- Raptors beat undermanned Grizzlies 96-92
- Memphis Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside
- Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside Rejoin Iowa Energy
- TED Kolejliler Ankara lands Kalin Lucas, agent says
- Energy Announce Kalin Lucas Signs with Turkish Team
- Kalin Lucas signs with Qingdao Double Star
- TED Kolejliler Ankara extends the deal with Kalin Lucas
- Recap of Spor Toto All-Star 2016
- "Energy Announce Returning, Affiliate and Tryout Players". NBA.com. October 29, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- "BayHawks Acquire Kalin Lucas in New Trade". OurSportsCentral.com. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
- Magic Sign Troy Caupain and Kalin Lucas
- Magic Waive Kalin Lucas and Damjan Rudez
- "המחליף של ג'רלס: קיילין לוקאס בבירה". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
- "Kalin Lucas signs with Hapoel Jerusalem". Sportando.com. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
- "STOCKTON KINGS WAIVE FOUR PLAYERS". NBA.com. October 31, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
- "OFFICIAL: The Pistons have signed guards Isaiah Whitehead and Kalin Lucas to two-way contracts". Detroit Pistons on Twitter. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.