Though Hamilton wasn’t with the Lakers long, he proved himself to be quite dependable during his one season in Los Angeles.
In his 44 games with the team, the 6-foot-8 forward made all 13 of the free throws he tried (he appeared in two playoff games but did not shoot any free throws).
In addition, Hamilton and teammate Gail Goodrich were the guys Coach Butch van Breda Kolff depended on to coach the team for the second half of a game in which Van Breda Kolff was ejected. The Lakers won that game, and for years afterward Hamilton had a newspaper clipping about that game hanging on the wall in his home.
Hamilton was a three-year starter at Arizona State, scoring more than 1,000 points and posting the fourth-highest free-throw percentage in school history, making 81.3% from 1963-66.