Earl Francis Lloyd (born April 3, 1928) is a retired American basketball player. He was the first african american to play in the national basketball association , in the 1950-51 nba season. Three other African Americans played in the same season: chuck cooper, nathaniel clifton and , and hank dezonie .
Lloyd, a forward known for his defense, played collegiately at west virginia state college , was selected in the ninth-round of the 1950 nab draft by the washington capitols. On October 31, 1950, Lloyd became the first African American to play in an nba game, against the rochester royals.