Joe Fulks

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Joseph Franklin Fulks (born October 26, 1921 in Birmingham , Kentucky , † March 21, 1976 in Eddyville , Kentucky), called "Jumpin 'Joe" , was an American basketball player . Between 1946 and 1954 he played in the US professional league National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Philadelphia Warriors team . Fulks was 1.95 m tall and played in the forward position .

Joe Fulks was the first outstanding scorer of the young NBA. He originally used the old two-handed standing throw, then switched to the new one-handed throw. On February 10, 1949 , Fulks scored 63 points in one game, an NBA record that was not beaten until 1959 by Elgin Baylor . With the Warriors, Fulks became the first NBA champion in 1947. Fulks ended his career with over 8000 points. On May 1, 1978, he was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .

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