Vincent Joseph Boryla (March 11, 1927 – March 27, 2016) was an American basketball player, coach and executive. His nickname was "Moose". He graduated from East Chicago Washington High School in 1944. He played basketball at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Denver, where he was named a consensus All-American in 1949.[1] Boryla was part of the U.S team that won the gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.[1][2]

Vince Boryla
Vince Boryla.jpg
Personal information
Born(1927-03-11)March 11, 1927
East Chicago, Indiana
DiedMarch 27, 2016(2016-03-27) (aged 89)
Denver, Colorado
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolWashington (East Chicago, Indiana)
College
Playing career1949–1954
PositionForward
Number19, 12
Career history
As player:
19491954New York Knicks
As coach:
19551958New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As executive:

Career statistics
Points3,187
Rebounds831
Assists610
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Boryla played for the New York Knicks in the early 1950s. In 1951, Boryla scored nine points in the inaugural NBA All-Star Game and played in the NBA Finals in 1951 and 1953. Boryla did not participate in the 1952 playoffs. He later became the Knicks' coach from 1956 to 1958, and had an 80-85 record with them.[1]

Later in his career, Boryla became the general manager of the American Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets early in their history when they were first the Kansas City ABA team and then the Denver Larks. He was also the general manager of the ABA's Utah Stars. Boryla later rejoined the Nuggets when the franchise joined the NBA. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award with the Nuggets in 1984.

Boryla was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 1984 into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame.[3] Boryla died in Denver, Colorado on March 27, 2016 from complications of pneumonia, aged 89.[4][5]

Contents

NBA career statisticsEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1949–50 New York 59 .340 .764 1.6 10.4
1950–51 New York 66 .406 .837 3.8 2.8 14.9
1951–52 New York 42 34.3 .387 .835 5.2 2.1 11.9
1952–53 New York 66 33.3 .370 .821 3.5 2.5 10.2
1953–54 New York 52 29.3 .333 .864 2.5 1.5 8.1
Career 285 32.3 .371 .816 3.7 2.1 11.2
All-Star 1 .667 1.000 2.0 2.0 9.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1950 New York 5 .442 .906 1.4 15.0
1951 New York 14 .430 .911 3.7 2.6 15.5
1953 New York 11 36.1 .379 .853 3.2 1.8 10.6
1954 New York 3 22.0 .571 .846 0.7 0.3 9.0
Career 33 33.1 .421 .889 3.2 2.0 13.2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Weber, Bruce (March 29, 2016), "Vince Boryla, an N.B.A. Jack of All Trades, Dies at 89", The New York Times
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Vince Boryla Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Vince Boryla « National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and Museum". Polishsportshof.com. May 31, 1984. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ (AP via Yahoo! News, former NBA player coach and GM Vince Boryla dies at 89
  5. ^ "Vince Boryla, an N.B.A. Jack of All Trades, Dies at 89". New York Times.com. March 29, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.

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