Paul Seymour (basketball)

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Paul Seymour
Personal information
Born (1928-01-30)January 30, 1928
Toledo, Ohio
Died May 5, 1998(1998-05-05) (aged 70)
Jensen Beach, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Woodward
(Toledo, Ohio)
College Toledo (1945–1946)
Playing career 1946–1960
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Number 24, 25, 8, 5
Career history
As player:
1946–1947 Toledo Jeeps
1947–1948 Baltimore Bullets
1948–1960 Syracuse Nationals
As coach:
19561960 Syracuse Nationals
19601962 St. Louis Hawks
1965–1966 Baltimore Bullets
1968–1969 Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 5,836
Rebounds 1,694
Assists 2,341
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Paul Norman Seymour (January 30, 1928 – May 5, 1998) was an American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'1" guard, he played collegiately at the University of Toledo, and had a 12-year career in the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America (BAA). He played his first season for the Baltimore Bullets of the BAA; the remainder of his career was with the Syracuse Nationals. He was a three-time All-Star. For a good part of his career, Seymour was a player-coach for the Nats.

After finishing his playing career, Seymour continued a successful coaching career in the NBA, coaching three teams. Altogether he coached four teams in eight seasons. In 1961, he was the head coach of the Western Division Team in the All Star Game.

Seymour was mentioned in the ESPN documentary, Black Magic, which told the story of African-Americans and basketball. In a segment about Cleo Hill, it was revealed that during the 1961–62 season, Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan approached management and complained that Hill was taking too many shots. (Allegedly, this was just a cover-up for their desire to not play with an African-American teammate.) Management granted their wish, telling Seymour to severely diminish Hill's offensive role. Seymour refused and was fired 14 games into the season.

While coaching at Baltimore during the 1965–1966 season, Seymour deliberately ended Johnny Kerr's then-record consecutive-games-played streak of 844 games by benching the team captain for one game. According to Kerr, only after the game did Seymour tell Kerr about his intention to end Kerr's streak, saying, "This will take the pressure off you." [1]

Seymour was featured in the book, Basketball History in Syracuse, Hoops Roots by author Mark Allen Baker published by The History Press in 2010. The book is an introduction to professional basketball in Syracuse and includes teams like (Vic Hanson's) All-Americans, the Syracuse Reds and the Syracuse Nationals (1946–1963).

Seymour still shares, with former teammate Red Rocha, the NBA record for most minutes in a playoff game with 67.[2]

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 Seymour won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1947–48 Baltimore 22 .267 .595 .3 3.5
1949–50 Syracuse 62 .334 .716 3.0 7.7
1950–51 Syracuse 51 .325 .736 3.8 3.7 7.2
1951–52 Syracuse 66 33.5 .335 .759 3.4 3.3 9.1
1952–53 Syracuse 67 40.1 .383 .817 3.7 4.4 14.2
1953–54 Syracuse 71 38.4 .377 .813 4.1 5.1 13.1
1954–55 Syracuse 72 41.0 .362 .811 4.3 6.7 14.6
1955–56 Syracuse 57 32.0 .339 .807 2.7 4.8 11.3
1956–57 Syracuse 65 19.0 .324 .821 2.0 3.0 6.0
1957–58 Syracuse 64 11.9 .340 .841 1.7 1.5 4.2
1958–59 Syracuse 21 12.7 .327 .897 1.9 1.7 4.3
1959–60 Syracuse 4 1.8 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0
Career 622 30.1 .350 .792 3.1 3.8 9.4
All-Star 3 16.2 .412 .875 2.3 2.0 7.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1950 Syracuse 11 .290 .857 3.1 7.1
1951 Syracuse 7 .208 .667 3.7 3.6 4.9
1952 Syracuse 7 38.6 .417 .814 3.7 3.6 12.1
1953 Syracuse 2 56.0 .375 .947 5.0 4.0 18.0
1954 Syracuse 13 43.0 .413 .809 2.6 4.6 14.9
1955 Syracuse 11 37.3 .309 .900 3.9 6.8 12.5
1956 Syracuse 7 21.9 .291 .750 1.6 2.6 6.7
1957 Syracuse 5 19.6 .216 .833 2.0 1.6 4.2
1958 Syracuse 3 16.7 .348 .667 1.3 1.3 6.0
Career 66 34.4 .329 .824 3.0 3.9 9.8

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