Multiple reports say Lonnie Shelton, one of the greatest athletes to ever come from Bakersfield, has died at age 62.
Lonnie Shelton was inducted into the Bob Elias Hall of Fame in 1982 and was a standout at three sports at Foothill High School.
Shelton excelled in basketball, football and track and was named a football All-American and All-State in basketball.
He went on to play basketball at Oregon State and was later drafted by the New York Knicks in 1976.
Shelton’s career led him to become a starter for the Seattle SuperSonics and their only NBA championship-winning team in 1979.
Shelton was named an NBA All-Star in 1982 and played in the league for 10 seasons.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Beaver great Lonnie Shelton. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/9za3yhR6v2— Oregon State Hoops (@BeaverMBB) July 9, 2018
Lonnie Shelton (October 19, 1955-July 8, 2018) Sad news: Lonnie Shelton (All-Star 1982, # 8) passed away at age 62. Shelton was the starting power fwd on the Sonics ’79 @NBA title team, An intimidating presence, Shelton was a defensive enforcer who played 10 years in the @NBA pic.twitter.com/n82LcWTjWt— NBA History (@NBAHistory) July 10, 2018