Joel Kramer

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Joel Kramer
Personal information
Born (1955-11-30) November 30, 1955 (age 62)
San Diego, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High schoolPatrick Henry (San Diego, California)
CollegeSan Diego State (1974–1978)
NBA draft1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 63rd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1978–1984
PositionPower forward / Center
Number50
Career history
19781983Phoenix Suns
1983–1984Maccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,257 (3.8 ppg)
Rebounds916 (2.8 rpg)
Assists343 (1.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Joel Bruce Kramer (born October 30, 1955) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6' 7" and 203 lb small forward and played college basketball at San Diego State University. He had a five-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 19781983.

Early life[edit]

Kramer was born in San Diego, California, and is Jewish.[1][2][3] He attended Patrick Henry High School in San Diego.[1] There, he played for the basketball team and was League Player of the Year and All-California Interscholastic Federation his senior season.[4]

Basketball career[edit]

Kramer played college basketball on a basketball scholarship at San Diego State University, during which he averaged 9.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while shooting .521 from the field.[1] After recovering from a broken foot, he averaged over 9 rebounds per game his last two seasons.[5] In 1977-78, he set a school consecutive free throw record of 33.[6] As a senior, he was named 1978 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Player of the Year.[4][5]

He played basketball for Team USA at the 1977 Maccabiah Games, winning a gold medal.[4]

Kramer was selected with the 19th pick of the third round by the Phoenix Suns in the 1978 NBA Draft.[1] He had a five-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 19781983, primarily at center and power forward.[1] In his rookie season, he played in 82 games, tying for the NBA lead, and in 1980-81 he was third in the NBA with 82 games played.[1]

After playing for the Suns, Kramer continued his playing career in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, for whom he played for just a few months after signing for a reported $100,000 a year.[7][8] He was released in January 1984.[8]

Kramer was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.[4] He was inducted into the San Diego Aztecs Hall of Fame in 1997.[5]

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