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Throwback Thursday: Ralph Lewis (1989-90, 91-92)

By Matt Dykstra | August 3, 2017

Ralph Lewis made his Skyforce debut during their inaugural season in 1989-90. Though his teammate Quintin Dailey beat him to being the first NBA call-up in franchise history, it didn’t take long for Lewis to follow suit. Lewis became the first Skyforce player to make a CBA All-Star appearance, and was called up by the Detroit Pistons in March 28, 1990, marking the second NBA call-up in franchise history.

Lewis appeared in 111 games (56 recorded starts) for Sioux Falls while averaging 19.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Lewis cracks the Skyforce top-10 in seven major statistical categories, including career minutes played, field goals made, field goals attempted, points scored, free throws made, free throws attempted, rebounds, and steals.

Sioux Falls Skyforce Career Statistics

  G MIN FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% REB AST STL PTS
Total 111 4128 838 1736 .483 497 652 .762 755 287 162 2181
Per Game 37.2 7.5 15.6 .483 4.5 5.9 .762 6.8 2.6 1.5 19.6

 

NBA Career Statistics (Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets)

  G MIN FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% REB AST STL PTS
Total 99 672 89 215 .414 50 89 .562 118 29 25 229
Per Game 6.8 0.9 2.2 .414 0.5 0.9 .562 1.2 0.3 0.3 2.3

 

Having played for the Bay State Bombardiers, Wildwood Aces, Pensacola Tornados, Philadelphia Aces, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Rapid City Thrillers, and Columbus Horizon, Ralph Lewis serves as one of the all-time minor league greats.

Following his playing career he pursued a career in coaching, which saw him become the head coach of the Huntsville Flight of the NBA Development League in 2002, where he compiled a 73-71 record in three seasons. He then became an assistant coach with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2005, and later resurfaced as one of three assistant coaches hired under interim Charlotte Bobcats head coach Paul Silas during the 2010-11 season.