Earl Lloyd


Earl Lloyd (1928-2015)

Earl Lloyd was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He was born on April 3, 1928. Earl went to West Virginia State College for Four years (1946-1950), there he played for the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets. And on October 31, 1950 Earl Lloyd became the first African-American to play in the NBA.

  • Born 4/3/1928
  • Virginia State Yellow Jackets(1946-1950)
  • Became 1st African-American NBA Player 10/31/1950
  • died 2/26/2015

As a Professional

As a professional NBA player....

  • Played basketball professionally 9 years.
  • Played with the Washington Capitals
  • Played with the Syracuse Nationals
  • played with the Detroit Pistons

After Lloyd's Brief Moment in the Army

Earl returned to the NBA after a brief moment in the army. He was a player for the Syracuse National (1952-58), after his short moment in the army. He help his team win a championship in 1955. After Lloyd ended his playing career with the Detroit Pistons in 1960, he rejoined them In 1968 as the first African- American Assistant coach in the league. In 1971 he became he was the second head coach.


In 2003 Earl Francis Lloyd Is introduced into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame.