Paul Hoffman (basketball)

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Paul Hoffman
Personal information
Born (1925-05-05)May 5, 1925
Died November 12, 1998(1998-11-12) (aged 73)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Jasper (Jasper, Indiana)
College Purdue (1943–1947)
Playing career 1947–1955
Position Guard / Forward
Number 32, 11, 12, 14
Career history
19471954 Baltimore Bullets
1954–1955 New York Knicks
1955 Philadelphia Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career BAA and NBA statistics
Points 3,234 (10.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,129 (5.1 rpg)
Assists 911 (2.9 apg)
Stats at

Paul James Hoffman (May 5, 1925 – November 12, 1998)[1] was an American professional basketball player.

College career[edit]

Hoffman, a 6'2" guard/forward, attended Jasper High School in Jasper, Indiana from 1939 to 1943;[2] his coach was the legendary Cabby O'Neill. After high school, he attended Purdue University, where he played under head coach Ward Lambert. He became the only four time First Team-All Big Ten selection in Boilermaker history and one of the first two players to be selected in the NBA draft with teammate Bulbs Ehlers. He led Purdue in scoring all four seasons and won the MVP award for his performance in the 1947 All-American All-Star game at Madison Square Garden. Hoffman was a three-time second team Helms Foundation All-American[3]

Professional playing career[edit]

Hoffman was drafted by the Toronto Huskies in the 1947 BAA draft. He averaged 10.5 points per game in his rookie season and was named NBA Rookie of the Year—a designation not currently sanctioned by the NBA for the 1947–48 season.

He played six seasons in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia Warriors. He averaged 2.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 10.2 points per game, and scored 3,234 career points. He helped lead the Bullets to the NBA Championship 1948. He missed two seasons due to health issues; following his playing and collegiate coaching career, he served as the Bullets' general manager for two seasons (1963–64 & 1964–65).

Coaching career[edit]

From 1956 to 1959, he was head baseball coach at Purdue, replacing Hank Stram; his career totals were 52-49-2 (.505) all games and 18-30-1 (.367) in Big Ten Conference games. He was replaced as the head baseball coach by former Boilermaker star Joe Sexson. He also worked as an assistant for the basketball team under head coach Ray Eddy.

Later years[edit]

He served as general manager for the Baltimore Bullets.[4] from June 1963 through May 1965; the Bullets recorded an overall record of 68-92 (.425) and reached the NBA Western Division Finals in the 1964–65 season.[5]

In 1977, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1993, at age 68, he was named to the named to the Indiana All-Stars, for the 1942–43 season. The All-Stars, an all High School Senior team, are named at the conclusion of the school year; the team originated in 1939. However, World War II, kept a team from being named and staging the annual 2-game series with the State of Kentucky. The Indianapolis Star sponsored the team for decades and the Lions Club was the largest recipient of charitable donations from the series.[4]

He died of a brain tumor at 73 in 1998.[2]


  1. ^ The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 580. ISBN 0-679-43293-0. 
  2. ^ a b Goldstein, Alan (November 13, 1998), "Bullets standout Hoffman dead of tumor at 73 1947–48 Rookie of Year also starred at Purdue", The Baltimore Sun 
  3. ^ "Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame: Paul Hoffman". Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ a b Tanton, Bill (July 8, 1993), "Ex-Bullet Hoffman named All-Indiana, at age 68 basketball", The Baltimore Sun 
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