One of the NBA's early star power forwards, Brooklyn's 6'7" Rudy LaRusso was a five-time National Basketball Association All-Star with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers 1959-1967, and San Francisco Warriors 1967-69.
For nearly eight seasons with L.A., his strength and defensive prowess provided the perfect complement to superstars Elgin Baylor and Jerry West in the Lakers' starting frontcourt.
LaRusso's career stats: 736 games, 33.3 mpg, 11,507 points (16.9 ppg), 6,936 rebounds (10.2 rpg), and 1,556 assists (2.3 apg).
In 1968 with the Warriors, LaRusso finished seventh in the League with a career-best 21.8 ppg. He was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team in 1969.