George Kaftan

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George Kaftan
Personal information
Born (1928-02-22) February 22, 1928 (age 89)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Xavier
(New York City, New York)
College Holy Cross (1945–1949)
BAA draft 1949 / Round: 2
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1949–1953
Position Small forward
Number 9, 17, 6
Career history
As player:
19491950 Boston Celtics
19501952 New York Knicks
1952 Pawtucket Slaters
1952–1953 Baltimore Bullets
As coach:
1958–1972 LIU Post
Career highlights and awards
Career BAA and NBA statistics
Points 1,594 (7.5 ppg)
Rebounds 424 (3.1 rpg)
Assists 399 (1.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

George Kaftan (born February 22, 1928) is an American former professional basketball player.

George grew up in New York City and went to Xavier High School in Manhattan before going to Holy Cross for college. Though just 6'3", Kaftan was the starting center for the College of the Holy Cross team that won the 1947 NCAA Basketball Tournament. In 1947 Kaftan also won Most Outstanding Player honors after averaging 21 points per game in three games.[1]

Kaftan was selected in the second round of the 1949 BAA Draft. Kaftan later played professionally for the Boston Celtics (1949–1950), New York Knicks (1950–1952) and Baltimore Bullets (1952–1953). He averaged 7.5 points per game in his professional career.[2]

Kaftan is now a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame.[3]

Personal[edit]

Kaftan is of Greek descent. His family's original name was Kapetanakis.[4]

BAA/NBA career statistics[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1948–49 Boston 21 .368 .626 2.9 14.5
1949–50 Boston 55 .372 .654 2.6 9.7
1950–51 New York 61 .388 .624 2.5 1.2 4.9
1951–52 New York 52 18.4 .375 .687 3.8 1.7 6.2
1952–53 Baltimore 23 16.5 .317 .657 3.3 1.3 5.8
Career 212 17.8 .370 .650 3.1 1.9 7.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1951 New York 8 .333 .333 .8 .3 1.6
1952 New York 13 17.8 .394 .667 2.3 1.7 6.2
Career 21 17.8 .381 .644 1.7 1.1 4.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Little Team That Could. Retrieved on March 1, 2008.
  2. ^
    • George Kaftan at Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2008.
  3. ^ Hall of Fame Inductees. Retrieved on March 1, 2008.
  4. ^ novassport.gr Οι πρόγονοι του Γκάλη