Johnny McCarthy

John Joseph McCarthy (April 25, 1934 – May 9, 2020) was an American basketball player and coach. A 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) point guard, he played college basketball and was an All-American at Canisius College. He was selected by the Rochester Royals in the 1956 NBA draft. He played a total of six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA)—two for the Royals, three for the St. Louis Hawks, and one for the Boston Celtics.

Johnny McCarthy
John McCarthy 1961.jpg
Personal information
Born(1934-04-25)April 25, 1934
Buffalo, New York
DiedMay 9, 2020(2020-05-09) (aged 86)
Buffalo, New York
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolTimon (Buffalo, New York)
CollegeCanisius (1953–1956)
NBA draft1956 / Round: 4 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Rochester Royals
Playing career1956–1964
PositionPoint guard
Number7, 26, 15, 21
Career history
As player:
19561958Rochester / Cincinnati Royals
19581962St. Louis Hawks
1962–1963Pittsburgh Rens
1963–1964Boston Celtics
As coach:
1971–1972Buffalo Braves
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,450 (7.8 ppg)
Rebounds1,145 (3.6 rpg)
Assists1,184 (3.7 apg)
Stats at

McCarthy is the first of only four players in NBA history to record a triple-double in his playoff debut, with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Minneapolis Lakers on March 16, 1960; he was later joined by Magic Johnson in 1980, LeBron James in 2006 and Nikola Jokic in 2019.

McCarthy later coached the Buffalo Braves, his hometown team, for part of a season. McCarthy died on May 9, 2020.[1]


  1. ^ Lenzi, Rachel (May 12, 2020). "John McCarthy, former Canisius basketball star and NBA champion, dies at 86". The Buffalo News. Retrieved May 14, 2020.

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