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Lefkowitz, Hank

Henry A. Lefkowitz

Lefkowitz was a member of the Case Western Reserve Athletic Hall of Fame (he graduated from Western Reserve College). Hank played in the first season of the NBA (1946-47) with the Cleveland Rebels.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Aug. 31, 1923

Career Highlights:
While playing at Western Reserve College, Lefkowitz was named first team All-Mid America Conference in 1946 and led his team to a 11-3 record. That year, he broke the school record of points-in-one-season with 292.

After graduating from Western Reserve, Hank joined the Cleveland Rebels of the newly-formed NBA (then called the Basketball Association of America). During the 1946-47 NBA season, Lefkowitz played in 24 games for Cleveland (30-30), and scored 51 points. In the playoffs, the Rebels lost in the quartefinals to the New York Knicks, 2-1. Hank played in all 3 games and scored 9 points in the series. It was his only season in the NBA.


Career Dates:
Lefkowitz played at Western Reserve College from 1944-1946. He played in the NBA with the Cleveland Rebels in 1946-47.

Physical description:
6'2", 190 pounds

Career Statistics:
In the NBA:
Games: 24
Points: 51
Points Per Game: 2.1

Field Goals Made: 22
Field Goals Attempted: 114
Field Goal Percentage: .193

Free Throws Made: 7
Free Throws Attempted: 13
Free Throw Percentage: .558

Rebounds: not available
Assists: 4
Assists Per Game: 0.2
Personal Fouls: 35

NBA playoffs:
Games: 3
Points: 9
Points Per Game: 3.0

Field Goals Made: 4
Field Goals Attempted: 18
Field Goal Percentage: .222

Free Throws Made: 1
Free Throws Attempted: 1
Free Throw Percentage: 1.000

Rebounds: not available
Assists: not available
Personal Fouls: 4

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