I was saddened to read of the death of Lonnie Shelton. Shelton helped lead the Seattle Super Sonics to the NBA title in the 1978-79 season. It was an exciting time for Northwest sports fans.
Shelton came to Seattle as a compensation player after the team lost Center Marvin Webster to the Knicks. Shelton was a power forward known for his hard physical play.
At the time that Shelton joined the Sonics, he was not new to the Northwest. He played his college ball at Oregon State.