Name Larry Cannon
Positions Basketball positions
College La Salle (1966–1969)
Education La Salle University
|Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)|
Weight 88 kg
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Role Basketball Player
|Born April 12, 1947 (age 68)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1947-04-12) |
High school Abraham Lincoln (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
NBA draft 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Lawrence T. "Larry" Cannon (born April 12, 1947) is a retired American basketball player, a former 6'5" (1.93 m) guard born and raised in Philadelphia. At Lincoln High, he set scoring records that stand to this day. Cannon scored more points all-time than any Philadelphia high school player not named Wilt Chamberlain.
A member of the 1968–1969's 23-1 basketball team, Cannon led the group with 140 assists and was second in rebounds (147). Cannon averaged 18.9 points per game during his three seasons, accumulating a total of 1,430 points, and was named to All-American teams. NOTE: La Salle was not permitted to enter the NCAA basketball tournament in Cannon's senior year, despite being ranked #2 in the nation behind UCLA, due to recruiting violations against the school. He was elected to the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1973 and the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 1977.
Cannon was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (5th pick overall) of the 1969 NBA draft and by the Miami Floridians in the 1969 ABA Draft.
He played in the ABA (4 years) and NBA (1 year), leading Denver (ABA) with 26.6 points per game during the 1970–1971 season.
He played for the Miami Floridians (1969–70), Denver Rockets (1970–71), Memphis Pros (1971–72), Indiana Pacers (1971–72, 1973–74) in the American Basketball Association for 194 games and Philadelphia 76ers (1973–74) in the NBA for 19 games. Cannon was forced to retire from pro basketball due to a chronic medical condition, phlebitis in his legs.