George Trapp

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George Trapp
Personal information
Born (1948-07-11)July 11, 1948
Detroit, Michigan
Died January 21, 2002(2002-01-21) (aged 53)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Highland Park (Highland Park, Michigan)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 1971–1979
Position Power forward / Center
Number 30, 31
Career history
19711973 Atlanta Hawks
19731976 Detroit Pistons
1978 Rochester Zeniths
1978–1979 Nice BC
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,353 (8.8 ppg)
Rebounds 1,466 (3.9 rpg)
Assists 375 (1.0 apg)
Stats at

George Trapp, Jr. (July 11, 1948 – January 21, 2002) was an American professional basketball player.

A 6'8" forward/center from Detroit, Trapp played college basketball at Long Beach State, where he was coached by Jerry Tarkanian[1] and won two Pacific Coast Athletic Association MVP Awards.[2] In 1971, Trapp led Long Beach State to the Elite Eight of the 1971 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, but the team lost to UCLA, the eventual winner of the tournament.[1]

After his college career ended, Trapp was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the fifth pick of the 1971 NBA Draft. He played six seasons in the NBA with the Hawks (1971–1973) and Detroit Pistons (1973–77), and averaged 8.8 points per game over his career.[3] He was known for his shooting ability.[4]

On January 9, 2002, Trapp was stabbed in the stomach during a fight with another man in Detroit. He died twelve days later.[4]


  1. ^ a b George Trapp. Long Beach State Athletics. Retrieved on August 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Steve Addy and Jeffrey F. Karzen. The Detroit Pistons: Four Decades of Motor City Memories. 2002. 79.
  3. ^ George Trapp statistics. Retrieved on August 4, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Girard, Fred (January 22, 2002). "Ex-Piston Trapp dies after stabbing". The Detroit News. WZZM-TV. Retrieved May 23, 2015.