Max Zaslofsky

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Max Zaslofsky (born December 7, 1925 in Brooklyn , New York , † October 15, 1985 in New Hyde Park , New York) was an American basketball player . Between 1946 and 1956 he played in the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and later the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Stags , New York Knicks and Fort Wayne Pistons teams . Zaslofsky was 1.89 meters tall and was used in the position of the shooting guard . He was the first guard to lead the NBA in scoring.

The son of Jews who emigrated from Russia , Zaslofsky grew up in Brooklyn . Even in high school he was an outstanding player. He served in the US Navy during World War II . After his discharge from the army, he went back to New York and played for St. John's University .

In 1946 he switched to the professional camp, to the Chicago Stags. At the age of 20, he was the best player on the team. In 1949 the Stags had to stop playing and Zaslofsky moved to his hometown club, the New York Knicks. Zaslofsky played there until 1953, when he was sent to the Fort Wayne Pistons, where he played until 1956.

When Zaslofsky ended his career, he was the third best scorer in NBA history with 7990 points (behind George Mikan and Joe Fulks ). He died of leukemia at the age of 59 .

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