PLAYER PROFILE

BERNIE OPPER

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Bernie Opper attended Morris High School in the Bronx, New York. He played college basketball at the University of Kentucky from 1936 to 1939. Opper, an aggressive defender and talented set shooter, earned All-Southeastern Conference honors in all three varsity seasons he played. He helped guide Kentucky to the 1937 SEC Tournament championship and then the 1938 regular season title. As a senior in 1938–39, he was named a Consensus Second-Team All American. In 1939, Opper began his professional career with  the Detroit Eagles in the National Basketball League. He was starter on a team that finished 17–10 and  captured second place in the Eastern Division. His second NBL season with Detroit was limited by injuries to just five games. Opper’s best seasons as  a pro were in the mid-1940’s  with the Philadelphia Sphas who won the 1944-45 American Basketball League championship and finished as runner-ups the following season.

 

BERNIE OPPER Height: 6:00 Weight: 195 College: Kentucky’39
Bernard Opper Born: Sep 1, 1915 Died: Feb 24, 2000 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1939-40 Detroit NBL 27 42 20 32 .625 104 3.9
1940-41 Detroit NBL 5 3 0 1 .000 6 1.2
1941-42 Saratoga-Albany NYSL 20 58 23 139 7.0
1942-44 Military Service
1943-44 Rochester Indep
1943-44 Brooklyn Eagles Indep
1944-45 Philadelphia ABL 29 73 21 167 5.8
1945-46 Philadelphia ABL 34 93 33 219 6.4
1946-47 Philadelphia ABL 32 145 51 341 10.7
1947-48 Jersey City ABL 10 42 10 15 .667 94 9.4
Major League Totals 95 211 74 496 5.2
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1939-40 Detroit NBL 3 6 3 15 5.0
1943-44 Brooklyn WBT 4 11 4 5 .800 26 6.5
1944-45 Philadelphia ABL 5 12 0 24 4.8
1945-46 Philadelphia ABL 6 22 5 49 8.2
1946-47 Philadelphia ABL 6 20 9 49 8.2
Major League Totals 18 51 12 114 6.3
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