At number four, we recognize Max Zaslofsy, a member of the TBCB Hall of Fame's class of 1950 and TBCB's player of the 1940s. A six foot two guard, St. Johns' Max "Slats" Zaslofsky played for various teams during his career in the Bastketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). His longest tenure came with his first team, the Chicago Stags (1946-1950), which he followed by playing for the New York Knicks (1950-1953), Baltimore Bullets (1953), Milwaukee Hawks (1953), and Fort Wayne Pistons (1953-1956).
Zaslofsky finished his career in 1956 as the third leading scorer in league history, behind only George Mikan and Joe Fulks. He also held the distinctions of being the youngest player named to the All-BAA or NBA Team until his record was broken by Lebron James in 2006 and the youngest player to lead the league in scoring until his record was broken by Kevin Durant in 2010. In addition to his on-court accolades, he coached the American Basketball Association's New Jersey Americans during the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons.
Between 1947 and 1955, Zaslofsky won TBCB player of the game honors 24 times. He was the 1947-48 TBCB Player of the Year and finished tied for third in the TBCB player standings during the following two seasons. Zaslofsky's other accomplishments include being named to the All BAA or NBA Team each season from 1946 to 1950 and being named to the 1952 NBA All-Star team. He is not a member of the official basketball Hall of Fame.
Stay tuned for more as we continue explore the early 1950s and count down the top NBA players between 1947 and 1955. Coming soon, we'll reveal number three on the list and recap the college and pro career of 1956-57 Kansas Jayhawk team captain Dallas Dobbs.