Charlie Criss

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Charles Washington Criss, Jr. (born November 6, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player born in Valhalla, New York.

Charlie Criss
Personal information
Born (1948-11-06) November 6, 1948 (age 69)
Valhalla, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Gorton (Yonkers, New York)
NBA draft 1970 / Undrafted
Playing career 1977–1985
Position Point Guard
Number 14
Career history
19771982 Atlanta Hawks
19811983 San Diego Clippers
19821985 Milwaukee Bucks
19841986 Atlanta Hawks
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,534 (8.5 ppg)
Rebounds 592 (1.4 rpg)
Assists 1,335 (3.2 apg)
Stats at

A 5'8" guard from New Mexico State University, Criss began his professional career in the Continental Basketball Association, earning league Most Valuable Player honors with the Scranton Apollos in 1976, next playing for the Washington Generals.[1] He joined the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association the following year, and played eight seasons in the league with the Hawks, San Diego Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.[2] When he entered the NBA, Criss was the league's shortest active player.[3]

In his NBA career, Criss averaged 8.5 points and 3.2 assists per game, his best year being his first, posting averages of 11 points and 4 assists in 77 matches.[2] Since retiring as a player, he worked as a golf instructor, an Atlanta Hawks television color commentator, a minor-league basketball coach and a basketball summer camp coordinator.[3]

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