PLAYER PROFILE

MIKE NOVAK

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Mike Novak was a school boy star in Chicago. He entered Illinois Wesleyan in 1934, but transferred to Loyola University in Chicago where he played for three (1936-39). In his senior year, he led Loyola to the National Invitational Tournament finals in New York. Novak was named to the All-American team in 1939.    Novak was a good rebounder and strong defender who could also score.  He  spent nine seasons (1939 t0 1948)  in the National Basketball League where was always rated as among the top centers in the league. Novak stayed active as a player until he was 38 years old, by transitioning into a valuable backup player. He served at a player-coach for two seasons for Elmira in the American Basketball League.

 

MIKE NOVAK Height: 6:09 Weight: 220 College: Loyola(Ill)’39
Michael Donald Novak Born: Apr 23, 1915 Died: Aug 15, 1978 Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1938-39 Chicago Harmons Indep
1939-40 Chicago NBL 28 114 65 114 .570 293 10.5
1940-41 Chicago NBL 23 56 34 74 .459 146 6.3
1941-42 Chicago NBL 19 58 31 147 7.7
1942-43 Chicago NBL 18 50 35 50 .700 135 7.5
1942-43 Detroit Eagles Indep
1942-43 Chicago Ramblers Indep
1942-43 South Bend Studebaker Indep
1943-44 Sheboygan NBL 22 39 14 32 .438 92 4.2
1944-45 Sheboygan NBL 27 88 57 92 .620 233 8.6
1945-46 Sheboygan NBL 34 111 88 144 .611 310 9.1
1946-47 SheboyganSyracuse NBL 36 153 73 136 .537 379 10.5
1947-48 Syracuse NBL 60 211 124 201 .617 546 9.1
1948-49 Rochester BAA 60 124 72 124 .581 320 5.3
1949-50 RochesterPhiladelphia NBA 60 37 25 47 .532 99 1.7
1950-51 Louisville NPBL 14 13 10 36 2.6
1950-51 Utica ABL 3 6 1 13 4.3
1951-52 Elmira ABL 2 6 7 19 9.5
1952-53 Elmira ABL 20 15 4 34 1.7
1953-54 Syracuse NBA 5 0 1 2 .500 2 1 0.2
Major League Totals 406 1054 629 2737 6.7
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1938-39 Chicago Harmons WBT 1 4 1 2 .500 9 9.0
1939-40 Chicago WBT 4 12 6 10 .600 30 7.5
1940-41 Chicago WBT 2 9 1 3 .333 19 9.5
1941-42 Chicago WBT 2 2 1 3 .333 5 2.5
1942-43 Chicago NBL 3 3 7 13 4.3
1942-43 South Bend Studebaker WBT 1 2 3 3 1.000 7 7.0
1943-44 Sheboygan NBL 6 6 4 16 2.7
1943-44 Sheboygan WBT 1 1 0 0 .000 2 2.0
1944-45 Sheboygan NBL 8 24 16 64 8.0
1945-46 Sheboygan NBL 8 22 21 65 8.1
1945-46 Sheboygan WBT 1 2 4 4 1.000 8 8.0
1946-47 Syracuse NBL 4 26 13 65 16.3
1946-47 Syracuse WBT 1 2 3 4 .750 7 7.0
1947-48 Syracuse NBL 3 9 4 22 7.3
1948-49 Rochester BAA 4 6 1 13 3.3
1952-53 Elmira ABL 7 15 2 32 4.6
Major League Totals 49 130 85 345 7.0

 

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