Jack Edward Nichols (April 9, 1926–December 24, 1992) was an American professional Basketball player.
A 6'7" Center (basketball) who attended the University of Washington and the University of Southern California, Nichols played nine seasons (1948–1951;1952–1958) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Washington Capitols, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, and Boston Celtics. He scored 5,245 points in his career and was a contributor to the Celtics' 1957 NBA championship team. During his last 3 years with the Celtics, he attended Tufts Dental School full time, earning his doctor of dentistry in 1958.
During his collegiate career, Nichols was named an all-conference player 5 seasons, twice with USC, and three times at UW (only player ever to achieve this). In 1948 he set the single game (39 points vs. Idaho) and single season scoring records for the Pacific Coast Conference. He was named a Helms Foundation All-American, and led the Huskies to the 1948 NCAA tournament by Beating Cal in a 3 game series.
Upon his retirement from professional basketball, Dr. Nichols served as the team dentist for the University of Washington and for the Seattle Sonics.
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