Dick Schnittker is confirmed dead at the age of 91.
Dick was best known as a American basketball player (Minneapolis Lakers).
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Dick Schnittker had one of the more interesting names in #NBA history. Schnittker played 6 seasons in the NBA with…
Dick Schnittker was the last surviving member of the 1954 NBA Champion Minneapolis Lakers. With his death, Bob Har…
Dick Schnittker
Personal information
Born(1928-05-27)May 27, 1928
Kelleys Island, Ohio
DiedJanuary 12, 2020(2020-01-12) (aged 91)
Green Valley, Arizona
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolSandusky (Sandusky, Ohio)
CollegeOhio State (1946–1950)
NBA draft1950 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Washington Capitols
Playing career1950–1958
PositionPower forward
Number22, 24, 15
Career history
1950–1951Washington Capitols
19531958Minneapolis Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points3,028 (8.3 ppg)
Rebounds1,372 (3.8 rpg)
Assists480 (1.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Richard D. Schnittker (May 27, 1928 – January 12, 2020) was an American professional basketball player born in Kelleys Island, Ohio.
A 6'5" forward from the Ohio State University, Schnittker played six seasons (1950–1951; 1953–1958) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Washington Capitols and Minneapolis Lakers. He averaged 8.3 points per game and won championships with the Lakers in 1953 and 1954. Schnittker's debut for the Lakers in the 1952–53 season occurred during the playoffs. He was the first player to see action in the Finals after not playing a game during the preceding regular season, a feat later equalled by Tom Hoover in 1966 and Tracy McGrady in 2013.
In college Schnittker also played end on the Ohio State football team during the 1949 season. After starting end Sonny Gandee went down with a season-ending neck injury, coach Wes Fesler recruited Schnittker to take Gandee's place. Schnittker helped the team to a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl appearance. He died on January 12, 2020 at the age of 91.
Contents
1 NBA career statistics
1.1 Regular season
1.2 Playoffs
2 References
3 External links
NBA career statistics
Legend
  GP
Games played
  GS 
Games started
 MPG 
Minutes per game
 FG% 
Field goal percentage
 3P% 
3-point field goal percentage
 FT% 
Free throw percentage
 RPG 
Rebounds per game
 APG 
Assists per game
 SPG 
Steals per game
 BPG 
Blocks per game
 PPG 
Points per game
 Bold 
Career high
Denotes seasons in which Schnittker won a NBA championship
Regular season
Year
Team
GP
MPG
FG%
FT%
RPG
APG
PPG
1950–51
Washington
29
.411
.866
5.3
1.4
10.2
1953–54†
Minneapolis
71
14.6
.397
.652
2.5
0.8
4.6
1954–55
Minneapolis
72
25.0
.388
.823
4.8
1.6
10.4
1955–56
Minneapolis
72
26.8
.393
.856
4.1
2.0
11.3
1956–57
Minneapolis
70
14.2
.322
.829
2.6
0.7
5.5
1957–58
Minneapolis
50
19.6
.359
.848
4.2
1.4
9.1
Career
364
20.1
.379
.825
3.8
1.3
8.3
Playoffs
Year
Team
GP
MPG
FG%
FT%
RPG
APG
PPG
1953†
Minneapolis
7
4.1
.125
.636
0.6
0.0
1.3
1954†
Minneapolis
13
12.5
.344
.600
1.6
0.4
2.6
1955
Minneapolis
7
20.0
.275
.694
4.4
1.0
7.6
1956
Minneapolis
3
29.0
.565
.850
5.0
1.7
14.3
1957
Minneapolis
5
16.6
.286
.882
2.4
1.6
5.4
Career
35
14.3
.333
.731
2.4
0.7
4.7
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