Artis Gilmore (born September 21, 1948 in Chipley, Florida) is a former professional basketball player with the ABA and NBA. A dominating, durable center, he once played in 670 consecutive games.
He played college basketball at Gardner-Webb Junior College and Jacksonville University. He began his professional career with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association and played there until the league folded in 1976. In that same year, Gilmore made his debut for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. He played for Chicago through the 1982 season, after which he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, where he played through the 1987 season. He ended his record-setting career with the Boston Celtics in 1988.
Despite an ABA career in which he averaged 22.3 points and 17.1 rebounds per game, NBA career averages of 17.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, and in which he was selected to five ABA and six NBA All-Star Games, Gilmore has not yet been elected to the Hall of Fame.