Zaslofsky in 1948
|Born||December 7, 1925|
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||October 15, 1985(aged 59)|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Thomas Jefferson|
(Brooklyn, New York)
|College||St. John's (1945–1946)|
|Number||10, 5, 14, 6|
|1950–1953||New York Knicks|
|1953–1956||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1966–1968||New Jersey Americans/New York Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,990 (14.8 ppg)|
|Assists||1,093 (2.0 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Max "Slats" Zaslofsky (December 7, 1925 – October 15, 1985) was an American professional basketball player and coach. He was First Team All-NBA four different seasons. In 1947–48, at 21 years of age he led the NBA in scoring, and in 1949–50 he led the league in free throw percentage (.843).
Zaslofsky, who was Jewish, was the son of Russian immigrant parents, Morris and Ida. He had two older brothers, Irving and Abe. He grew up in Brooklyn, attended cheder until he had his bar mitzvah, and spent many hours as a child on the playgrounds trying to perfect his two-handed set shot. Raised on Riverdale Street in the predominantly Jewish section of Brownsville, he attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was an All-PSAL selection in basketball and also played for the baseball team. He graduated from high school in 1943, and then spent two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
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).
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 (.843).
After the Stags broke up, Zaslofsky joined the New York Knicks. On August 24, 1953, he was traded by the Knicks with Jim Luisi and Roy Belliveau to the Baltimore Bullets for Jim Baechtold. On November 25, 1953, he was traded by the Bullets to the Milwaukee Hawks for Bob Houbregs. On December 21, 1953, he was traded by the Hawks to the Fort Wayne Pistons for Chuck Share. In 1956 he ended his career as the league's 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.
BAA/NBA career statistics
|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|
|*||Led the league|
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