Ronald Henry Lee (born November 2, 1952) was an All-American basketball player for the University of Oregon, and epitomized the "Kamikaze Kids" under coach Dick Harter with his all-out, fearless hustle and relentless desire to win. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Lee played four seasons for the Ducks between 1972 and 1976. The Phoenix Suns made him the tenth selection in the NBA draft in 1976. Despite not playing football in high school and college, the NFL's San Diego Chargers also made him a 12th round selection in the 1976 NFL draft. In the NBA, Lee was named to the 1977 NBA All-Rookie Team and led the NBA in steals the following season. Overall, Lee had a solid, but not spectacular career as a reserve, and became a fan favorite because of his effort on the court.
Ron Lee, 1977
|Born||November 2, 1952|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||193 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Lexington (Lexington, Massachusetts)|
|NBA draft||1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Number||30, 18, 44|
|1979||New Orleans Jazz|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,285 (7.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,219 (2.7 rpg)|
|Assists||1,688 (3.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ron Lee is still the all-time leading scorer for the University of Oregon with 2,085 points in his four seasons of play. He ranks second in career assists with 572, first in field goals (838), and fifth in free throws made (409). He was first-team All-Pac-8 in all four seasons with the Ducks, and made numerous All-American lists during his final three seasons. Lee was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
After ending his NBA career, Lee played for 3 years in Italy.
Ron is younger brother of Russ Lee, former All-American basketball player at Marshall University and sixth overall pick in the 1972 NBA draft. Ron has another brother who played basketball at Marshall named Eugene. A third brother, Gerald Lee Sr., played at Dowling College and then professionally in Finland (all-time leading scorer in Finland pro basketball). His nephew is the Finnish international player Gerald Lee.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com