With the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA title over the Orlando Magic, former NC State forward Josh Powell has his first NBA championship ring.
After playing two seasons for the Wolfpack in 2001-02 and 2002-03, Powell played two seasons overseas in Russia and Italy before making to the NBA. You can click here for a more detailed entry on Powell’s departure from west Raleigh. He spent the 2005-06 season with the Dallas Mavericks, who made it to the NBA Finals before losing to the Miami Heat. After spending the next two seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Golden St Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers, Powell signed with the Lakers and played 60 games, starting 1, and averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds a game. In the playoffs, Powell played in 14 games, averaging 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds.
If my research is correct, Josh Powell is the 4th former Wolfpack player to win an NBA championship ring.
Chucky Brown played on the 1995 Houston Rockets championship team, averaging 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 21 playoff games.
Chuck Nevitt played on the 1985 LA Lakers championship team, averaging 1.4 points and blocking 6 shots in 7 playoff games. Nevitt also played 4 regular season games for the 1991-92 Chicago Bulls team that won the title (I don’t know if he got a ring from the team, although I doubt it).
John Richter (#16) played on the 1960 Boston Celtics championship team, averaging 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 8 playoff games.
Congrats to Josh Powell, NBA World Champ!