PLAYER PROFILE

OSSIE SCHECTMAN

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Ossie Schectman  was a basketball star at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn.  Schectman played three years of varsity basketball at Long Island University under famed coach, Clair Bee.  In Schectman’s sophomore season, LIU won the National Invitational Tournament and as a senior  he was named to the Converse All-American first team. Schectman spent the early , World War II interrupted, years of of his pro basketball career with the Philadelphia Sphas. He finished second in American Basketball League  scoring during the 1943–44 season. in 1946, Schectman signed to play for the New York Knicks in the newly-established Basketball Association of America.  On November 1, 1946 in Toronto, in the first ever game ever played in the BAA (now the NBA), Schectman made the first basket.  Schectman had a fine year for the Knicks, but declined the opportunity to return for a second season because of business opportunities in New York that prevented him from taking long road trips.  Instead, he played for Paterson in the regionally-limited  American Basketball League for the next two seasons.

 

OSSIE SCHECTMAN Height: 6:00 Weight: 175 College: LIU’41
Oscar Benjamin Schectman Born:  Mar 30, 1919 Died:   Jul 30, 2013 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1941-42 Philadelphia ABL 20 47 13 107 5.4
1941-42 Long Island Gruman Flyers Indep
1942-45 Military Service
1942-43 Philadelphia ABL 3 9 0 18 6.0
1942-43 Long Island Gruman Wildcats Indep
1943-44 BrooklynPhiladelphia ABL 19 89 21 199 10.5
1944-45 Philadelphia ABL 16 49 19 117 7.3
1944-45 Long Island Gruman Hellcats Indep
1945-46 Philadelphia ABL 35 133 61 327 9.3
1946-47 New York BAA 54 162 111 435 8.1
1947-48 Paterson ABL 31 51 25 127 4.1
1948-49 Paterson ABL 21 51 32 134 6.4
Major League Totals 147 489 225 1203 8.2
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1941-42 Long Island Gruman Flyers WBT 4 7 3 8 .375 17 4.3
1943-44 Philadelphia ABL 7 23 8 54 7.7
1944-45 Philadelphia ABL 5 14 7 35 7.0
1944-45 Long Island Gruman Hellcats WBT 1 1 3 4 .750 5 5.0
1945-46 Philadelphia ABL 4 14 2 30 7.5
1945-46 Hazleton PSL 2 6 2 14 7.0
1947-48 Paterson ABL 5 17 14 48 9.6
Major League Totals 21 59 23 141 6.7

 

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