Lewis Kevin Lloyd (February 22, 1959 – July 5, 2019) was an American basketball player. A 6'6" swingman from Drake University, he played most of his professional career for the National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets.

Lewis Lloyd
Personal information
Born(1959-02-22)February 22, 1959
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 5, 2019(2019-07-05) (aged 60)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolOverbrook (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
NBA draft1981 / Round: 4 / Pick: 76th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career1981–1990
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number32, 30
Career history
19811983Golden State Warriors
19831987Houston Rockets
1988Philadelphia Aces
1988–1989Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets
1989Houston Rockets
1990Philadelphia 76ers
1990Houston Rockets
1990Philadelphia Aces
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,130 (13.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,192 (3.1 rpg)
Assists1,138 (2.9 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early lifeEdit

Nicknamed "Black Magic," Lloyd played his high school basketball at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, the same as Wilt Chamberlain.[1]

College careerEdit

He graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa after starting his college career at the junior college, New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. Lloyd averaged 30.2 points and 15 rebounds per game in his junior year and 26.3 per game as a Senior. He was a two-time winner of the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year while at Drake. Lloyd's #30 jersey is retired at Drake. [2]

Professional careerEdit

Golden State Warriors (1981-1983)Edit

Lloyd played seven seasons in the NBA, after being selected in the fourth round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.

Houston Rockets (1983-1987)Edit

After two seasons in Oakland, he moved to the Houston Rockets, where he would play three full seasons, appearing in 246 out of 246 possible regular season contests while always scoring in double digits. In late 1986, however, he tested positive for cocaine alongside teammate Mitchell Wiggins, incurring a 2+12-year suspension from the league.[3][4]

Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets (1988-1989)Edit

While suspended from the NBA, Lloyd played for the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets in the Continental Basketball Association during the 1988–89 season. He averaged 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds over 18 games.[5]

Return to Houston and Philadelphia 76ers (1989-1990)Edit

Soon after his reinstatement in September 1989,[6] Lloyd was released by Houston, retiring at the end of the season after two games with the Philadelphia 76ers, holding averages of 13 points, three rebounds and three assists, in 388 games. He also appeared in 20 post-season contests in 1986 as the Rockets reached the NBA Finals, losing 4-2 to the Boston Celtics.

Personal lifeEdit

After retiring from basketball in the 2000s, Lloyd conducted youth basketball clinics along with coaching at basketball camps in Philadelphia, Des Moines, and Wichita.

Lloyd died on July 5, 2019.[7]


  1. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1120391/index.htm[dead link]
  2. ^ "RONALD WESLEY MALY: Yes, Lewis Lloyd is Alive--And I Hope His Story Ends Happily".
  3. ^ Rockets discuss drug temptation; The New York Times, 15 January 1987
  4. ^ Lloyd descends from the high life; Los Angeles Times, 27 January 1987
  5. ^ 1989–90 Official CBA Guide and Register, page 134
  6. ^ Lloyd reinstated; The New York Times, 9 September 1989
  7. ^ Bell, Daryl (July 5, 2019). "Lewis Lloyd, famed Philly basketball standout, dies at 60". Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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