Satch Sanders

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Satch Sanders
Tom sanders celtics.jpg
Personal information
Born (1938-11-08) November 8, 1938 (age 79)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Seward Park
(New York City, New York)
College NYU (1957–1960)
NBA draft 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1960–1973
Position Power forward
Number 16
Career history
As player:
19601973 Boston Celtics
As coach:
1973–1977 Harvard
1978 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 8,766 (9.6 ppg)
Rebounds 5,798 (6.3 rpg)
Assists 1,026 (1.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame

Thomas Ernest "Satch" Sanders (born November 8, 1938) is an American retired college and professional basketball player and coach. He was a 6'6", 210 lb power forward. Sanders is tied for third for most NBA championships in a career, and is one of three NBA players with an unsurpassed 8–0 record in NBA Finals series outcomes.[1] On April 4, 2011, it was announced that Sanders was elected to the 2011 class to enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.

Biography

Sanders (left) in the 1960s
Sanders at the New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction dinner in 2013

After playing at New York University as a stand out collegian he spent all of his 13 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Boston Celtics, being part of eight championship teams in 1961–66, 1968 and 1969. In NBA history, only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones have won more championship rings during their playing careers. He ended his career in 1973.

Following his playing career Sanders became the basketball coach at Harvard University, a position he held until 1977. Sanders became the first African-American to serve as a head coach of any sport in the Ivy League.[2] In 1978, Sanders became the head coach of the Boston Celtics, taking over for former teammate Tommy Heinsohn. Sanders returned the following season; however after a 2–12 record he was replaced by Dave Cowens, who took on the role as a player-coach.

In 1986, Sanders founded the Rookie Transition Program - the first such program in any major American sport.[3] It persists to this day, inspiring the creation of similar such programs in other sports.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Sanders won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1960–61 Boston 68 15.9 .420 .670 5.7 0.6 5.3
1961–62 Boston 80 29.1 .435 .749 9.5 0.9 11.2
1962–63 Boston 80 26.9 .456 .738 7.2 1.2 10.8
1963–64 Boston 80 29.6 .417 .761 8.3 1.3 11.4
1964–65 Boston 80 30.7 .429 .745 8.3 1.2 11.8
1965–66 Boston 72 26.3 .428 .764 7.1 1.3 12.6
1966–67 Boston 81 23.8 .428 .817 5.4 1.1 10.2
1967–68 Boston 78 25.4 .428 .784 5.8 1.3 10.2
1968–69 Boston 82 26.6 .430 .733 7.0 1.3 11.2
1969–70 Boston 57 28.4 .443 .880 5.5 1.6 11.5
1970–71 Boston 17 7.1 .364 .875 1.0 0.6 2.3
1971–72 Boston 82 19.9 .410 .816 4.3 1.2 6.6
1972–73 Boston 59 7.2 .315 .657 1.5 0.5 2.0
Career 916 24.2 .428 .767 6.3 1.1 9.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1961 Boston 10 21.6 .493 .625 8.4 0.7 8.9
1962 Boston 14 31.4 .431 .806 8.2 1.0 10.1
1963 Boston 13 29.8 .437 .774 7.4 1.5 9.8
1964 Boston 10 30.2 .362 .676 6.8 0.6 9.1
1965 Boston 12 30.4 .421 .721 8.5 1.6 13.3
1966 Boston 17 29.4 .483 .750 6.5 1.6 13.5
1967 Boston 9 16.0 .344 .400 4.8 0.6 4.9
1968 Boston 14 20.6 .505 .762 4.5 0.9 8.3
1969 Boston 15 13.1 .438 .742 3.2 0.5 5.8
1972 Boston 11 16.9 .321 .619 2.4 0.9 4.3
1973 Boston 5 4.8 .556 .000 1.0 0.2 2.0
Career 130 23.5 .436 .716 5.8 1.0 8.8

See also

References

  1. ^ Berkman, Seth (June 19, 2016), "N.B.A. Finals Legend or Loser? Luck Is Often the Difference", The New York Times 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  3. ^ YouTube. NBA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrR_z_oj-DE.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links

  • BasketballReference.com: Satch Sanders (as coach)
  • BasketballReference.com: Satch Sanders (as player)
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