PLAYER PROFILE

BUDDY JEANNETTE

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Buddy  Jeanette was a schoolboy star at New Kensington, Pennsylvania High School.  He was a three-year starter at Washington & Jefferson University before he turned pro in 1938.  Jeannette quickly adapted to the rougher pro game. He was particularly outstanding in the annual World Pro Basketball Tournament in Chicago. Jeannette was the only player to be named an all-star four times and to be twice named the tournament’s MVP.  In addition, he played on the 1941 WBT championship Detroit Eagles squad and on three consecutive (1944, 1945, 1946) WBT champion teams with the Fort Wayne Pistons. Jeannette also played on three consecutive National basketball League championship teams, in 1942-43 with Sheboygan and 1943-44, 1944-45 with Fort Wayne. Jeannette was a very intelligent player and fine tactician who often developed game strategies even on teams where is was not officially in a coaching position. Jeannette was a poor outside shooter, who scored most of his points by driving to the basket. He was an effective defender, dazzling ball-handler and passer. He was a surprisingly good rebounder for his size, capable of playing at the forward or guard position. In 1946-47, Jeannette led the Baltimore Bullets as player-coach to a 31-4 record in the American Basketball League. The Bullets joined the BAA the following season and won the 1947-48 championship. Jeannette coached Georgetown University in the early fifties and in the NBA and ABA in the sixties. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

BUDDY JEANNETTE Height: 5:11 Weight: 175 College: Washington & Jefferson’38
Harry Edward Jeannette Born: Sep 15, 1917 Died: Mar 11, 1998 Hometown: New  Kensington, Pa.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1938-39 Warren/Cleveland NBL 26 54 65 173 6.7
1938-39 Elmira NYPA 12 45 36 126 10.5
1939-40 Detroit NBL 25 45 52 142 5.7
1940-41 Detroit NBL 23 75 54 204 8.9
1941-42 Detroit Eagles Indep
1941-42 Sarasota NYSL 2 12 13 37 18.5
1942-43 Detroit Eagles Indep
1942-43 Rochester Seagrams Indep 18 66 44 176 9.8
1942-43 Sheboygan NBL 4 24 14 62 15.5
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 22 68 48 184 8.4
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 27 85 82 252 9.3
1945-46 Fort Wayne NBL 34 99 105 303 8.9
1946-47 Baltimore ABL 29 113 118 344 11.9
1947-48 Baltimore BAA 46 150 191 252 .758 70 491 10.7
1948-49 Baltimore BAA 56 73 167 213 .784 124 313 5.6
1949-50 Baltimore ABL 37 42 109 133 .820 93 193 5.2
Major League Totals 300 715 887 2317 7.7
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1938-39 Elmira NYPA 5 10 9 29 5.8
1939-40 Detroit NBL 3 6 8 20 6.7
1940-41 Detroit NBL 3 8 5 21 7.0
1940-41 Detroit WBT 4 9 9 15 .600 27 6.8
1941-42 Detroit WBT 4 13 21 26 .808 47 11.8
1942-43 Sheboygan NBL 5 16 17 49 9.8
1942-43 Sheboygan WBT 1 4 8 8 1.000 16 16.0
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 5 12 10 34 6.8
1943-44 Fort Wayne WBT 2 6 4 5 .800 16 8.0
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 7 22 23 67 9.6
1944-45 Fort Wayne WBT 3 12 12 14 .857 36 12.0
1945-46 Fort Wayne NBL 4 7 5 19 4.8
1945-46 Fort Wayne WBT 5 7 18 22 .818 32 6.4
1946-47 Baltimore WBT 1 3 13 13 1.000 19 19.0
1946-47 Baltimore ABL 3 12 13 37 12.3
1947-48 Baltimore BAA 11 30 37 42 .881 12 97 8.8
1948-49 Baltimore BAA 3 2 4 4 1.000 5 8 2.7
Major League Totals 61 157 194 508 8.3

 

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