Kalin Lucas

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Kalin Lucas
Kalin Lucas Michigan State.jpg
Lucas as a Michigan State Spartan
No. 6 – Forlì 2.015
PositionPoint guard
LeagueSerie A2 Basket
Personal information
Born (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989 (age 33)
Detroit, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Mary's Prep
(Orchard Lake, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (2007–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2013–2015Iowa Energy
2014Memphis Grizzlies
2015–2016TED Ankara Kolejliler
2016Iowa Energy
2016–2017Erie BayHawks
2017–2018Hapoel Jerusalem
2018–2019Stockton Kings
2019Detroit Pistons
2019Grand Rapids Drive
2020Crvena zvezda
2020Ironi Nahariya
2021Maccabi Haifa
2021Gigantes de Carolina
2021–2022Merkezefendi Bld. Denizli Basket
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kalin Jay Lucas (born May 24, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for Forlì of the Serie A2 Basket. He played college basketball for Michigan State University.

High school career

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Lucas was listed as the No. 6 point guard and the No. 38 player in the nation in 2007.[1]

College career

As a freshman, Lucas immediately saw heavy playing time for the 2007–08 Spartans, averaging 25.1 minutes per game.[2] His team-leading 13.5 points per game in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament were a major component of their Sweet Sixteen run.[3]

During his sophomore season, Lucas earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors, All-Big Ten first-team selection, and was named Michigan State's MVP, all while carrying the Spartans to the National Championship game against North Carolina. He led MSU in scoring (14.7 ppg), field goals made (173) and attempted (438), free throws made (172) and attempted (213), assists (4.6 apg) and minutes (31.9 mpg), while ranking second in steals (39).[4]

Lucas continued to lead the Spartans in his junior season, as he earned All-Big Ten first-team honors and was also named Co-MVP of the team, along with Raymar Morgan. On January 26, 2010, he made a mid-range jumper at Michigan with 3.5 seconds remaining, which gave Michigan State a one-point lead, and eventually a 57-56 victory over their in-state rivals. He struggled to stay healthy the rest of the season, spraining his ankle a month before the Big Ten Tournament and eventually rupturing his Achilles tendon in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament against Maryland. Lucas' season was instantly put to an end, but the Spartans rallied, making their way to a second straight Final Four appearance.[4]

Lucas was voted Team MVP and All-Big Ten second team during his senior season. He finished his four-year career at Michigan State as the school's all-time leader in free-throws made (507) and attempted (637). He is also one of just four Spartans to total 1,500 career points and 500 career assists, finishing his career with 1,996 total points.[4]

Professional career


On July 23, 2011, Lucas signed with Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League.[5][6] On January 24, 2012, he was released by Olympiacos.[7][8] Five days later, he signed with Banvit of Turkey for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[9]

In July 2012, Lucas joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[10] In October 2012, he re-joined Banvit for the 2012–13 season.[11]

On September 27, 2013, Lucas signed with the Chicago Bulls,[12] but was later waived on October 2.[13] In November 2013, he was acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Bulls.[14]

In July 2014, Lucas joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[15] He signed with the Grizzlies on September 25, 2014,[16] but was later waived on October 25.[17]

On October 31, 2014, Lucas was reacquired by the Iowa Energy.[18] He re-signed with the Grizzlies on November 4, 2014.[19] but was waived again on November 9 before appearing in a game for them.[20] He re-joined Iowa on November 12,[21] only to re-sign with the Grizzlies on November 19 and debuting in the NBA the same day, recording one steal in five minutes of action against the Toronto Raptors.[22][23] However, he was waived again the next day.[24] On November 22, he re-joined Iowa.[25] In March 2015, he left Iowa and signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler of the Turkish Basketball League.[26][27]


In July 2015, Lucas signed with the Chinese team Qingdao DoubleStar,[28] but was let go after a tryout period. He subsequently re-signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler in August 2015.[29] Lucas was selected to compete in the Turkish League's All-Star Skills Challenge but had to withdraw due to injury.[30]

On October 29, 2016, Lucas was reacquired by the Iowa Energy.[31] In 14 games, he averaged 16.9 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. On December 22, he was traded to the Erie BayHawks in exchange for the rights to Jordan Sibert and a third-round pick.[32]

On August 31, 2017, Lucas signed with the Orlando Magic.[33] On October 13, 2017, he was waived by the Magic.[34]

On November 5, 2017, Lucas signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem for the 2017–18 season.[35][36]

For the 2018–19 season, Lucas joined the Stockton Kings of the G League.[37] On January 15, 2019, he was signed by the Detroit Pistons on a two-way contract.[38]


On February 15, 2020, Lucas was signed by Crvena zvezda of the ABA League and the EuroLeague for the rest of the 2019–20 season.[39]

On August 13, 2020, Ironi Nahariya announced that they had signed Lucas.[40]

In 2021, Lucas signed with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game.

On September 7, 2021, Lucas signed with Gigantes de Carolina of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[41]

On November 8, 2021, he has signed with Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizli Basket of the Basketbol Süper Ligi.[42] Lucas averaged 14.1 points and 5.2 assists per game. On February 15, 2022, he has signed with Forlì of the Serie A2 Basket.[43]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season

2014–15 Memphis 1 0 6.0 .000 - - .0 .0 .0 .0 0.0
2018–19 Detroit 1 0 6.0 .000 .000 1.000 3.0 1.0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 2 0 6.0 .000 .000 1.000 1.5 .5 .5 .0 1.0

Personal life

Lucas' cousin, Rob Edwards, is also a fellow professional basketball player.[44]


  1. ^ Kalin Lucas Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ "Kalin Lucas Player Profile". RealGM.com. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Michigan State Makes Seventh Trip To Sweet 16 In Last 11 Seasons". msuspartans.com. March 25, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Kalin Lucas Bio".
  5. ^ "Olympiacos lands rookie Kalin Lucas".
  6. ^ "Olympiacos tabs rookie Lucas at point". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.
  7. ^ "Olympiacos and rookie Kalin Lucas part ways".
  8. ^ "Olympiacos releases guard Lucas". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.
  9. ^ "Kalin Lucas signs with Banvit, Omar Sneed with Mersin".
  10. ^ "Spurs Announce 2012 Summer League Roster". San Antonio Spurs.
  11. ^ "Former Michigan State star Kalin Lucas playing in Turkey". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  12. ^ "Patrick Christopher, Mike James, Dahntay Jones, Kalin Lucas, Dexter Pittman and D.J. White in Bulls training camp". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  13. ^ "Bulls waive Lucas and Christopher". Chicago Bulls.
  14. ^ 2013-2014 Energy Training Camp Roster
  15. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League roster". Memphis Grizzlies.
  16. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Training Camp roster". Memphis Grizzlies.
  17. ^ "Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas and Patrick Christopher". Memphis Grizzlies.
  18. ^ "IOWA ENERGY ANNOUNCE RETURNING, TRYOUT PLAYERS FOR 2014 TRAINING CAMP". Archived from the original on November 6, 2014.
  19. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies sign Kalin Lucas". Memphis Grizzlies.
  20. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas". Memphis Grizzlies.
  21. ^ "Kalin Lucas Rejoins Iowa Energy". OurSports Central. November 12, 2014.
  22. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Kalin Lucas & Hassan Whiteside". Memphis Grizzlies.
  23. ^ "Raptors beat undermanned Grizzlies 96-92". Archived from the original on November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  24. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside". Memphis Grizzlies.
  25. ^ "Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside Rejoin Iowa Energy". OurSports Central. November 22, 2014.
  26. ^ "TED Kolejliler Ankara lands Kalin Lucas, agent says".
  27. ^ "Energy Announce Kalin Lucas Signs with Turkish Team". OurSports Central. March 19, 2015.
  28. ^ "Kalin Lucas signs with Qingdao Double Star".
  29. ^ "TED Kolejliler Ankara extends the deal with Kalin Lucas".
  30. ^ "Recap of Spor Toto All-Star 2016".
  31. ^ "Energy Announce Returning, Affiliate and Tryout Players". NBA.com. October 29, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  32. ^ "BayHawks Acquire Kalin Lucas in New Trade". OurSportsCentral.com. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  33. ^ "Magic Sign Troy Caupain and Kalin Lucas". Orlando Magic.
  34. ^ "Magic Waive Kalin Lucas and Damjan Rudez". Orlando Magic.
  35. ^ "המחליף של ג'רלס: קיילין לוקאס בבירה". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  36. ^ "Kalin Lucas signs with Hapoel Jerusalem". Sportando.com. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  37. ^ "STOCKTON KINGS WAIVE FOUR PLAYERS". NBA.com. October 31, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  38. ^ "OFFICIAL: The Pistons have signed guards Isaiah Whitehead and Kalin Lucas to two-way contracts". Detroit Pistons on Twitter. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  39. ^ "Kalin Lucas signs with Crvena zvezda mts until the end of the season". aba-liga.com. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  40. ^ "Kalin Lucas joins Ironi Nahariya". Sportando. August 14, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  41. ^ Modestti, Luis (September 7, 2021). "Kalin Lucas (ex M.Haifa) agreed terms with Carolina". Eurobasket. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  42. ^ "Kalin Lukas Merkezefendi'de" (in Turkish). basketfaul. November 8, 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  43. ^ "Kalin Lucas joins Pallacanestro 2.015 Forlì". Sportando. February 15, 2022. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  44. ^ "Rob Edwards". csuvikings.com. Retrieved December 28, 2021.

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