Charlie Criss

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Charlie Criss
Charlie Criss.jpg
Criss as a senior at NMSU
Personal information
Born (1948-11-06) November 6, 1948 (age 72)
Valhalla, New York
Listed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolGorton (Yonkers, New York)
NBA draft1970 / Undrafted
Playing career1975–1985
PositionPoint guard
Number14, 1, 15
Career history
1975–1977Scranton Apollos
19771982Atlanta Hawks
19811983San Diego Clippers
19821985Milwaukee Bucks
19841986Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points3,534 (8.5 ppg)
Rebounds592 (1.4 rpg)
Assists1,335 (3.2 apg)
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Charles Washington Criss, Jr. (born November 6, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player born in Valhalla, New York.

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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