Earl Lloyd was the first African American to play in the NBA, Chuck Cooper was the first African American to be drafted by an NBA team( Boston Celtics).
Cooper was signed by Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach. He played four years with the Celtics, then was traded to the Milwaukee Hawks before ending his career as a member of the Ft. Wayne Pistons. During his NBA career, Cooper played a total of 409 games, scored 2,725 points for an average of 6.66 points per game, had 2431 rebounds for an average of 5.9 per game, and had 733 assists for an average of 1.79 per game. As some statistics were not kept during that time, it is not known how many blocked shots, steals or turnovers he had during his career.
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|High school||Westinghouse (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)|
|College||West Virginia State (1944–1945)
|NBA draft||1950 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1954–1956||Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks|
|1956||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||2,725 (6.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,431 (5.9 rpg)|
|Assists||734 (1.8 apg|