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Max Zaslofsky

Max Zaslofsky
Personal information
Born December 7, 1925
Brooklyn, New York
Died October 15, 1985(1985-10-15) (aged 59)
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Thomas Jefferson
(Brooklyn, New York)
College St. John's (1945–1946)
Pro career 19461956
Position Shooting guard
Number 10, 5, 14, 6
Career history
1946–1950 Chicago Stags
1950–1953 New York Knicks
1953 Baltimore Bullets
1953 Milwaukee Hawks
1953–1956 Fort Wayne Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,990 (14.8 ppg)
Assists 1,093 (2.0 apg)

Max "Slats" Zaslofsky (December 7, 1925 – October 15, 1985) was an American professional basketball player and coach.

Early life

Zaslofsky, who was Jewish, was the son of Russian immigrant parents. He grew up in Brooklyn and spent many hours as a child on the playgrounds trying to perfect his two-handed set shot. Raised in the predominantly Jewish section of Brownsville, he attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was an All-PSAL selection. He graduated from high school in 1943 and then spent two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II.[1]

College career

He attended St. John's University, where he played basketball for one season. The 20-year-old Zaslofsky started at guard and averaged 7.8 points per game. He was named honorable mention All-Metropolitan as St. John's posted a 17-5 record and played in the postseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT).[2]

Professional career

After his freshman season, he left St. John's to join the Chicago Stags of the newly organized Basketball Association of America, the forerunner of the National Basketball Association.[3]

While playing for the Chicago Stags, Zaslofsky was named All-NBA First Team 1946–47 at the age of 21. He was the youngest player to hold that distinction for nearly 60 years until he was surpassed by LeBron James in 2005–06. The next season, 1947-48, he led the league in scoring. At 22 years, 121 days old, he was the youngest player to lead the league in scoring until 2010, when Kevin Durant broke his mark. In 1949–50, he led the league in free throw percentage.

After the Stags broke up, Zaslofsky joined the New York Knicks. In 1956 he ended his career as third leading scorer of all-time, behind George Mikan and Joe Fulks. In addition to his 1946–47 first-team All-NBA honors, Zaslofsky was named to the All-NBA first team in 1947–48, 1948–49, and 1949–50. He also played in the 1952 NBA All-Star Game.

He would later coach for two seasons in the American Basketball Association with the New Jersey Americans/New York Nets. He went 53-103 in two seasons with the club before being replaced after the 1968 season.

Zaslofsky was nominated for the NBA 25th Anniversary Team in 1971. He is one of only two members nominated to the team that are not elected in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

1946-47 Chicago 61 - - .329 - .737 - .7 - - 14.4

Personal life

Zaslofsky is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame[4] and the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.[5]

Zaslofsky died in 1985 at age 59 due to complications from leukemia. He was survived by his wife, Elaine, two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren.[6]

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