Top 10 Jewish Basketball Players.
With the start of Yom Kippur we take a look at the best Jewish basketball players of all-time.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: From Schayes to Stoudemire, Jewish ballers have always been an important part of the game.
Tonight at sundown the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur begins. This is the holiest day of the year for Jewish people and is marked by a 25-hour fasting period with prayer. People don’t usually associate the NBA with Jewish players, but the history of Jewish ballers making a serious impact on the game is very real. It exists today with names like Stoudemire and also runs back to some of the very first basketball leagues ever formed with names like Sedran.
This made us here at HoopsVibe wonder about the best Jewish basketball players ever, so we did a little research and put together our own Top 10 list of Jewish basketball players.
#10 Jordan Farmar: Averaged 7.7 PPG playing for both the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets.
#9 Art Heyman: Made NBA All-Rookie Team 1963.
#8 Danny Schayes: Averaged 13.9 PPG and 8.2 RPG for the Denver Nuggets.
#7 Sam Balter: Member of the 1936 Olympic Basketball Team and was the only Jewish-American to win a gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games.
#6 Larry Brown: Winner of a gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
#5 Barney Sedran: Was considered one of the greatest basketball players of the 1910 and 1920s.
#4 Max Friedman: Led the NBA in scoring in 1947 with 1007 points.
#3 Amar’e Stoudemire: Averaged 21 PPG, 8.6 RPG, was the 2002-2003 Rookie of the Year, 6 All-Star teams, and is currently in the middle of a 5-year $100 million dollar contract with the Knicks.
#2 Nat Holman: American sportswriters named him the third greatest player of the first half of the century.
#1 Dolph Schayes: Named to 12 consecutive All-Star games from 1951-1962.
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