There are three players who claim to be the first African American basketball player in the NBA, each with legitimate reason to claim this. - Chuck Cooper: first African American to be drafted by an NBA team - Nat Clifton: first African American to sign a contract and make the roster with an NBA team - Earl Lloyd: first African American to play in an NBA game
Earl Lloyd was the first black NBA player in 1950. *Became the first African-American to play in an NBA game on October 31, 1950 *Became the first African-American to win an NBA championship (1955 with Syracuse) *Became first African-American Assistant Coach with Detroit Pistons (1968-70) *Became second African-American head coach and first African-American bench coach with Detroit Pistons (1970-71) Earl Lloyd, who in 1950 became the first African-American to play in a NBA game with the Washington Capitols, was instrumental in integrating professional basketball as a player and coach.
The 1950-51 season is when African Americans first played in the NBA. The first African American to be drafted by an NBA team was Chuck Cooper by the Boston Celtics. The first African American to play in an NBA game was Earl Lloyd of the Washington Capitols.
the first African American to play in the NBA was LaMya Angela Clemons
Earl Lloyd and Chuck Cooper.
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Japanese-American player Wat Misaka played for the NBA's (or BAA as it was known at the time) Minneapolis (now Los Angeles) Lakers in 1947. The first African-American player to be drafted in to the NBA was Chuck Cooper in 1950 by the Boston Celtics. The first African-American to sign an NBA contract was Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton in 1950 with the New York Knicks. The African American to play in an NBA game was Earl Lloyd of the Washington Capitols on October 31, 1950.