Paul McCracken (basketball)

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Paul McCracken
Personal information
Born (1950-09-11) September 11, 1950 (age 68)
New York City, New York
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolHillhouse
(New Haven, Connecticut)
NBA draft1972 / Undrafted
Playing career1972–1980
Number4, 7
Career history
19721973Houston Rockets
1973–1974Hazelton Bullets
1974–1975Allentown Jets
1976Chicago Bulls
1977–1978Wilkes-Barre Barons
1978–1979Maccabi Tel Aviv
1979–1980Hawaii Volcanos
1980Galleon Shippers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Paul George McCracken (born September 11, 1950) is an American former professional basketball player.[1] McCracken, who was 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) and 180 pounds (82 kg), played guard.[1]

Early life[edit]

McCracken was born in New York, New York. He attended high school at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Connecticut.[1]

College career[edit]

For college, McCracken went to California State University, Northridge.[1] He set the school single-season record for rebounds, with 330, in 1970–71.[2] A two-time All-American, two-time All-California Collegiate Athletic Association selection, and 1972 CCAA MVP, he was inducted into the college's Matador Hall of Fame in 1993.[3]

Professional career[edit]

He made his NBA debut on February 6, 1973, becoming the first player from Northridge to play in the NBA.[1][3] McCracken played for the Houston Rockets from 1972–74, and the Chicago Bulls from 1976–77.[1]

McCracken played several years in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for the Hazelton Bullets, Allentown Jets, Wilkes-Barre Barons and Hawaii Volcanos. For his four-year career, he averaged 19.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. His best season was 1977–78, where he averaged 31.6 points per game for Wilkes-Barre and was named CBA MVP.[4]

McCracken played for the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv in 1978–79.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Paul McCracken NBA & ABA Stats". Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "The 2010–11 Cal State Northridge Basketball Report". May 16, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Cal State Northridge Matadors". December 2, 1967. Archived from the original on December 25, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  4. ^ 1980–81 Continental Basketball Association Official Guide, page 64
  5. ^ "Champions Cup 1978–79 (Game details)". Retrieved December 31, 2012.