Earl Lloyd


Age: 86

Summary: the first black basketball player in NBA history who made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games, who helped the Syracuse Nationals to win the 1955 NBA title by joining teammate Jim Tucker as the first black players to play on a championship team, and who averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 regular-season games in nine seasons with Washington, Syracuse, and Detroit.

Cause of Death: Undisclosed causes

Born: April 3, 1928

Died: February 26, 2015

Crossville, Tennessee