Gene Short

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Gene Short
Personal information
Born (1953-08-07)August 7, 1953
Macon, Mississippi
Died March 16, 2016(2016-03-16) (aged 62)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Blair (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)
College Jackson State (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 1975–1976
Position Small forward
Number 20
Career history
1975 Seattle SuperSonics
1975–1976 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

Eugene "Gene" Short (August 7, 1953 – March 16, 2016) was an American professional basketball player. He was a 6'6" 200 lb small forward and attended Jackson State University.[1]

Short was selected 9th overall by the NBA's New York Knicks in the 1975 NBA Draft. In the previous year he was selected by the American Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs in the fifth round of the 1974 ABA Draft.

He played for the US national team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[2]

He played for the Seattle SuperSonics and New York Knicks (1975–76) in the NBA for 34 games.

Eugene was the older brother of Purvis Short, another onetime NBA player.[3]


  1. ^ Former NBA player and Hattiesburg High graduate passes away
  2. ^ 1974 USA Basketball Archived July 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Senate Concurrent Resolution 585". State of Mississippi. 2000. Retrieved July 2, 2012.

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