Joe Graboski

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Joe Graboski
Joe Graboski 1953.jpeg
Personal information
Born(1930-01-15)January 15, 1930
DiedJuly 2, 1998(1998-07-02) (aged 68)
Columbus, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolTuley (Chicago, Illinois)
Playing career1948–1967
PositionPower forward / Center
Number15, 9, 29, 23, 44
Career history
19481950Chicago Stags
1950–1951Kansas City Hi-Spots
1951Louisville Alumnites
19511953Indianapolis Olympians
19531961Philadelphia Warriors
1961St. Louis Hawks
1961Chicago Packers
1961–1962Syracuse Nationals
1962–1963Camden Bullets
1966–1967Asbury Park Boardwalkers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points9,280
Rebounds5,999
Assists1,502
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Joseph W. Graboski (January 15, 1930 – July 2, 1998) was an American professional basketball player. He spent 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the third player to enter the NBA without having played in college: (Tony Kappen and Connie Simmons being the first two prep-to-pro players).[1] He was also the second player to play in the league while still being 18 years old. A star at Tuley High School in Chicago, the 6'6" power forward had previously played some basketball with the Philadelphia Sphas while he was a high school junior and senior before he began his professional career with the hometown Chicago Stags, with whom he played from 1949 to 1950. He also played for the Indianapolis Olympians, Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks, and Chicago Packers, and he left the NBA in 1962 with 9,398 career points and 6,104 career rebounds.

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
Denotes season in which Graboski won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1948–49 Chicago 45 .344 .357 .4 2.8
1949–50 Chicago 57 .304 .596 .6 3.6
1951–52 Indianapolis 66 37.0 .387 .667 9.9 2.0 13.7
1952–53 Indianapolis 69 40.1 .340 .682 10.0 2.3 13.0
1953–54 Philadelphia 71 38.9 .354 .674 9.4 2.3 13.3
1954–55 Philadelphia 70 35.9 .340 .686 9.1 2.6 13.6
1955–56 Philadelphia 72 33.0 .369 .706 8.9 2.6 14.4
1956–57 Philadelphia 72 34.7 .349 .783 8.5 1.9 14.3
1957–58 Philadelphia 72 28.8 .335 .749 7.9 1.7 12.6
1958–59 Philadelphia 72 34.5 .353 .750 10.4 2.1 14.7
1959–60 Philadelphia 73 17.4 .372 .753 4.9 1.5 7.7
1960–61 Philadelphia 68 14.9 .333 .694 3.9 1.1 6.8
1961–62 St. Louis / Chicago / Syracuse 38 12.3 .348 .600 4.1 .7 5.1
Career 845 30.5 .352 .700 8.1 1.8 11.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1949 Chicago 1 .000 .000 .0 .0
1950 Chicago 1 .000 .000 .0 .0
1952 Indianapolis 2 48.0 .396 .533 11.5 1.5 23.0
1953 Indianapolis 2 38.0 .500 .750 8.0 .0 17.0
1956 Philadelphia 10 31.3 .344 .743 9.4 2.7 13.2
1957 Philadelphia 2 45.5 .325 .818 11.0 2.0 17.5
1958 Philadelphia 8 31.5 .290 .783 10.3 3.8 12.3
1960 Philadelphia 9 14.3 .293 .778 3.3 1.0 4.6
1961 Philadelphia 1 1.0 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0
1962 Syracuse 4 6.0 .143 1.000 1.0 .0 .8
Career 40 25.8 .328 .735 7.1 1.8 9.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High School Players to enter NBA". Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2008-05-20.

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