Bud Palmer

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Bud Palmer
Personal information
Born (1921-09-14)September 14, 1921
Hollywood, California
Died March 19, 2013(2013-03-19) (aged 91)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Hun (Princeton, New Jersey)
Phillips Exeter (Exeter, New Hampshire)
College Princeton
Playing career 1946–1949
Position Forward / Center
Number 16
Career history
19461949 New York Knicks
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

John Shove "Bud" Palmer (September 14, 1921 – March 19, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. He was a member of the New York Knicks during the team's first three seasons in the Basketball Association of America, and was the leading scorer in the team's inaugural 1946–47 season. Palmer is considered to be one of the inventors of the jump shot.[1][2]

Born in Hollywood, California, Palmer was the son of footballer and actor Maurice Bennett "Lefty" Flynn and singer Blanche Palmer.[1] Palmer was 5'4" when he started playing basketball at Hun School of Princeton, and started using the jump shot to compensate for his height.[1] He grew a foot taller to 6'4" by the time he began playing college basketball at Princeton University, and played for three seasons before he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II.[1]

After his NBA career ended, Palmer went on to have a successful career as a sportscaster.[1] He was Chief of Protocol and Official Greeter for the City of New York for seven years during John Lindsay's administration.

He died at 91 of metastatic prostate cancer on March 19, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida.[1][3]

BAA career statistics[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 New York 42 .307 .669 .8 9.5
1947–48 New York 48 .315 .744 .9 13.0
1948–49 New York 58 .350 .762 1.9 12.3
Career 148 .326 .739 1.3 11.7


Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 New York 5 .351 .600 .8 15.6
1947–48 New York 3 .421 .769 .0 14.0
1948–49 New York 6 .422 .771 1.7 13.5
Career 14 .388 .721 1.0 14.4


  1. ^ a b c d e f Martin, Douglas (March 22, 2013). "Bud Palmer, Jump Shot Pioneer, Dies at 91". The New York Times. Accessed on June 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Christgau, John (1999). The Origins of the Jump Shot. Eight men who shook the world of Basketball. Lincoln (NE): University of Nebraska Press. 
  3. ^ "Bud Palmer, broadcasting pioneer and ex-Knicks captain, dies at age 91". Palm Beach Post. March 21, 2013.