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

George Kaftan (born February 22, 1928) is a retired American 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]


  1. ^ The Little Team That Could. Retrieved on March 1, 2008.
  2. ^
    • George Kaftan at Retrieved on March 1, 2008.
  3. ^ Hall of Fame Inductees. Retrieved on March 1, 2008.