George Kaftan

George A. Kaftan (February 22, 1928 – October 6, 2018)[1] was an American professional basketball player.

George Kaftan
Personal information
Born(1928-02-22)February 22, 1928
New York City, New York
DiedOctober 6, 2018(2018-10-06) (aged 90)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolXavier
(New York City, New York)
CollegeHoly Cross (1945–1949)
BAA draft1949 / Round: 2
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1949–1953
PositionSmall forward
Number9, 17, 6
Career history
As player:
19491950Boston Celtics
19501952New York Knicks
1952Pawtucket Slaters
1952–1953Baltimore Bullets
As coach:
1958–1972LIU Post
Career highlights and awards
Career BAA and NBA statistics
Points1,594 (7.5 ppg)
Rebounds424 (3.1 rpg)
Assists399 (1.9 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

George grew up in New York City and went to Xavier in Manhattan before going to Holy Cross for college. Though just 6'3", Kaftan was the starting center for the College of the Holy Cross team that won the 1947 NCAA basketball tournament. In 1947 Kaftan also won Most Outstanding Player honors after averaging 21 points per game in three games.[2]

Kaftan was selected in the second round of the 1949 BAA Draft. Kaftan later played professionally for the Boston Celtics (1949–1950), New York Knicks (1950–1952) and Baltimore Bullets (1952–1953). He averaged 7.5 points per game in his BAA/NBA career.[3]

Kaftan is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame.[4]

PersonalEdit

Kaftan was of Greek descent. His family's original name was Kaftagouras.

BAA/NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1948–49 Boston 21 .368 .626 2.9 14.5
1949–50 Boston 55 .372 .654 2.6 9.7
1950–51 New York 61 .388 .624 2.5 1.2 4.9
1951–52 New York 52 18.4 .375 .687 3.8 1.7 6.2
1952–53 Baltimore 23 16.5 .317 .657 3.3 1.3 5.8
Career 212 17.8 .370 .650 3.1 1.9 7.5

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1951 New York 8 .333 .333 .8 .3 1.6
1952 New York 13 17.8 .394 .667 2.3 1.7 6.2
Career 21 17.8 .381 .644 1.7 1.1 4.4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ George A Kaftan 1928 2018
  2. ^ The Little Team That Could. Retrieved on March 1, 2008.
  3. ^ "George Kaftan Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 1, 2008.
  4. ^ Hall of Fame Inductees. Retrieved on March 1, 2008.