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•Chuck Cooper•


Charles Harrison Cooper was born on September 29 1926 and died February 5, 1984. He was one of three players with legitimate claims to be the first African American basketball player in the NBA. Also Chuck Cooper was the first African American basketball player to be drafted to an NBA team in 1950. After Chuck Cooper was drafted to an NBA team, Nat Clifton was the first African American basketball player to be signed by an NBA team. The team that Chuck Cooper was drafted to was the Boston Celtics and the coach of the Celtics at that time was Red Auerbach. Before he was drafted to the Boston Celtics he played high school basketball in Pittsburgh and after he played basketball in high school he played for Duquesne University and West Virginia State College. In his NBA career he played four years with the Boston Celtics then was traded to the Milwaukee Hawks and then traded again to the Ft. Wayne Pistons before his career ended. Also in his career he never made any three pointers because there was no such thing as three pointers until 20 years after he retired. In his whole NBA career he played 409 games and scoring 2,725 points with an average 6.66 per game and had 2431 rebounds with an average of 5.9 per game. And also so had 733 assists for an average of 1.79 per game.


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