PLAYER PROFILE

FRANK BRIAN

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Frank Brian, a high school standout from Zachary, Louisiana, played three year of varsity basketball a tLouisiana State University between  1942 and 1947.  His college career was interrupted by military service in World War II, serving in the US Army from 19423-46.  He was named All-Southeastern Conference in basketball in 1943 and again in 1947.  After graduation, Brian, played for the Anderson Packers of the National Basketball League for two years. In his first year, the 1947-48 season, he was named  an NBL All-Star and the NBL Rookie of the Year with 11.3 points per game. The next year, he led the Packers to the NBL championship and was a First-Team NBL All-Star. Prior to the 2949-50 season, the NBL merged with the rival Basketball Association of America  and the Packers moved to the newly-formed National Basketball Association, where Brian was the No. 3 scorer in the league with a 17.8 points per game average. During the 1950-51 season, Brian played for Tri-Cities where he averaged 16.8 points and 3.9 assists. Brian was in  the top 10 in NBA scoring a third straight year in 1952 with a 15.9 average, playing for the Fort Wayne Pistons. He was twice named to the National Basketball Association All-Star team and  played in the 1955 and 1956 NBA Championships for the Pistons.

 

FRANK BRIAN Height: 6:01 Weight: 180 College: LSU’47
Frank Sands Brian Born: May 1, 1923 Died: May 14, 2017 Hometown: Zachary, La.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1941-42 L.S.U. College
1942-43 L.S.U. College
1943-46 U.S. Army Miltary Service
1946-47 L.S.U. College
1947-48 Anderson NBL 59 248 155 210 .738 651 11.0
1948-49 Anderson NBL 64 216 201 256 .785 633 9.9
1949-50 Anderson NBA 64 368 402 488 .824 189 1138 17.8
1950-51 Tri-Cities NBA 68 363 418 508 .823 266 1144 16.8
1951-52 Fort Wayne NBA 66 342 367 433 .848 233 1051 15.9
1952-53 Fort Wayne NBA 68 245 236 297 .795 142 726 10.7
1953-54 Fort Wayne NBA 64 132 137 182 .753 92 401 6.3
1954-55 Fort Wayne NBA 71 237 217 255 .851 142 691 9.7
1955-56 Fort Wayne NBA 37 78 72 88 .818 74 228 6.2
Major League Totals 561 2229 2205 2717 .812 6663 11.9
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1946-47 Anderson WBT 2 5 4 7 .571 14 7.0
1947-48 Anderson NBL 6 18 11 16 .688 47 7.8
1947-48 Anderson WBT 3 10 5 11 .455 25 8.3
1948-49 Anderson NBL 7 26 27 32 .844 79 11.3
1949-50 Anderson NBA 8 26 43 48 .896 19 95 11.9
1952-53 Fort Wayne NBA 8 13 19 25 .760 23 45 5.6
1953-54 Fort Wayne NBA 4 15 11 16 .688 10 41 10.3
1954-55 Fort Wayne NBA 11 48 31 38 .816 27 127 11.5
1955-56 Fort Wayne NBA 10 26 17 21 .810 17 69 6.9
Major League Totals 57 182 164 207 .792 528 9.3
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