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Old 07-15-2007, 01:40 AM   #474
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All time leader in Blocks per game to spell at Center? Done and done!

A blurb on Yardley.

At 6'5", Yardley was a good-sized forward in 1950's basketball, and was described as "an offensive-minded player with a knack for scoring" in his Basketball Hall of Fame biography. Described as a "flamboyant" and "gregarious" player who "never did anything without flair", Yardley had a stellar 7-year career, making the NBA All-Star team every year except for his rookie season. He led the Fort Wayne Pistons to two NBA Finals before the team moved to Detroit in 1957. In '57-58, the Pistons' first year in Detroit, Yardley led the league in scoring, averaging 27.8 points per game, and tallied 2001 points, just enough to make him the first NBA player to score 2000 points in a season. That year, Yardley also set NBA records for most free throws attempted (808) and most free throws made (655), and was named to the All-NBA First Team for the first and only time in his career.
Following a sixth All-Star season in 1959-1960, in which he averaged 20.2 points per game, George Yardley retired from basketball at the age of 31. He was the first player in NBA history to retire after averaging at least 20 PPG in his final year. Although Alex Groza had a 21.7 PPG average in his final NBA season in 1951, his career ended as a result of a lifelong ban, instead of a voluntary retirement like that of Yardley's. He made a brief comeback in the short-lived American Basketball Association with the Los Angeles Jets in 1961-62.
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