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Fred Saunders

Fred Saunders
Personal information
Born (1951-06-13) June 13, 1951 (age 64)
Columbus, Ohio
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Mohawk (Columbus, Ohio)
College Louisiana–Lafayette (1970–1973)
Syracuse (1973–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1974–1978
Position Small forward
Number 30, 20, 12
Career history
19741976 Phoenix Suns
19761978 Boston Celtics
1978 New Orleans Jazz
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,107 (5.3 ppg)
Rebounds 624 (3.0 rpg)
Assists 224 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

James Frederick Saunders (born June 13, 1951) is a retired American professional basketball player.

Collegiate career

Fred Saunders began his collegiate career at University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1970; in his three years there, he averaged 6.5 points per game. Saunders transferred to Syracuse University for his senior year. At Syracuse University, Saunders averaged 9.8 points per game as a power forward for the Orangemen. The Orangemen finished the season with a record of 17-9 and went on to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament. At Syracuse, he acquired the nickname "Chocolate Thunder" due to his unique skyhook. Collegiate Stats


Saunders was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1974 National Basketball Association Draft (31st Overall) by the Phoenix Suns; he played power forward for the Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics during the 1970s. NBA Stats