Carl Braun (basketball)

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Carl Braun
Carl Braun 1959.jpeg
Personal information
Born(1927-09-25)September 25, 1927
Brooklyn, New York
DiedFebruary 10, 2010(2010-02-10) (aged 82)
Stuart, Florida
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolGarden City
(Garden City, New York)
CollegeColgate (1945–1947)
BAA draft1947 / Undrafted
Playing career1947–1962
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
Number4
Career history
As player:
19471950,
19521961
New York Knicks
1961–1962Boston Celtics
As coach:
19591961New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points10,625
Rebounds2,122
Assists2,892
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Carl August Braun Jr. (September 25, 1927 – February 10, 2010)[1] was an American professional basketball and baseball player and professional basketball coach.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Braun played collegiately for the Colgate University Raiders from 1945 to 1947. He briefly pitched in the New York Yankees minor league system before a sore shoulder ended his baseball career. He joined the Knicks in the 1947-1948 NBA season.

Braun was one of the premier guards of the 1950s and spent 13 seasons in the NBA, all but the last with the New York Knicks. Braun led the Knicks in scoring during his first seven seasons.[2] He did not play during the 1950-1951 or 1951-1952 seasons due to military service. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 1948 and 1954. In 1948 he set a then NBA single game scoring record, recording 47 points. He ended his career in 1962, after one season with the Boston Celtics. Braun played in five NBA All-Star Games and scored 10,625 points in his professional career. Braun was a player-coach for the Knicks in 1960 and 1961 as well, compiling a 40–87 head coaching record.

Carl Braun is featured in the 1948 Bowman set of basketball cards, the 1957 Topps set, and the 1961 Fleer set. Though sportscaster Marty Glickman made the term "swish" a popular basketball colloquialism, he attributed the genesis of the word to Braun, who he heard say it following a good shot during warmup. Glickman used the term frequently in broadcasts throughout the 1950s. Braun was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

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 Braun won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1947–48 New York 47 .323 .650 1.3 14.3
1948–49 New York 57 .330 .760 3.0 14.2
1949–50 New York 67 .364 .762 3.7 15.4
1952–53 New York 70 33.1 .400 .825 3.3 3.5 14.0
1953–54 New York 72 33.0 .400 .825 3.4 2.9 14.8
1954–55 New York 71 34.9 .388 .801 4.2 3.9 15.1
1955–56 New York 72 32.2 .372 .838 3.6 4.1 15.4
1956–57 New York 72 32.6 .381 .809 3.6 3.6 13.9
1957–58 New York 71 34.9 .418 .849 4.6 5.5 16.5
1958–59 New York 72 27.2 .420 .826 3.5 4.8 10.5
1959–60 New York 54 28.0 .432 .838 3.1 5.0 12.9
1960–61 New York 15 14.5 .468 .786 2.1 3.2 5.7
1961–62 Boston 48 8.6 .377 .741 1.0 1.5 3.7
Career 788 29.8 .383 .804 3.4 3.7 13.5
All-Star 5 18.0 .481 1.000 2.5 1.6 6.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1948 New York 3 .293 .600 .7 10.0
1949 New York 6 .324 .806 3.2 19.3
1950 New York 5 .412 .763 3.8 17.0
1953 New York 11 34.0 .324 .806 4.0 2.8 13.5
1954 New York 4 31.3 .346 .875 3.0 2.3 17.8
1955 New York 3 34.3 .409 .900 4.7 5.3 18.0
1959 New York 2 31.0 .375 .889 2.0 5.0 16.0
1962 Boston 6 7.0 .393 .750 1.2 .3 4.2
Career 40 27.2 .350 .812 3.1 2.7 14.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Knicks star Carl Braun dies at 82 – USATODAY.com". usatoday.com. February 10, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Goldstein, Richard (February 11, 2010), "Carl Braun, an All-Star With the Knicks, Dies at 82", The New York Times

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