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Lew Hitch

Lewis Rufus Hitch

Position: Power Forward ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-8 ▪ Weight: 200 lbs.
Born: July 16, 1929 in Griggsville, Illinois
Died: February 8, 2012
College: Kansas State University
Draft: Minneapolis Lakers, 2nd round (10th pick, 19th overall), 1951 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: November 3, 1951

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1951-52 22 MNL NBA PF 61 849 77 215 .358 77 215 .358 63 94 .670 243 50 89 217
1952-53 23 MNL NBA PF 70 1027 89 255 .349 89 255 .349 83 136 .610 275 66 122 261
1953-54 24 MLH NBA PF 72 2452 221 603 .367 221 603 .367 133 208 .639 691 141 176 575
1954-55 25 TOT NBA 74 1774 167 417 .400 167 417 .400 115 169 .680 438 125 110 449
1954-55 25 MLH NBA
1954-55 25 MNL NBA
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 69 1129 94 235 .400 94 235 .400 100 132 .758 283 77 85 288
1956-57 27 TOT NBA PF 68 1133 111 296 .375 111 296 .375 63 88 .716 253 40 103 285
1956-57 27 ROC NBA PF 30 556 54 145 .372 54 145 .372 37 51 .725 119 15 55 145
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 38 577 57 151 .377 57 151 .377 26 37 .703 134 25 48 140
Career NBA 414 8364 759 2021 .376 759 2021 .376 557 827 .674 2183 499 685 2075
3 seasons MNL NBA 200 3005 260 705 .369 260 705 .369 246 362 .680 801 193 296 766
1 season MLH NBA 72 2452 221 603 .367 221 603 .367 133 208 .639 691 141 176 575
1 season PHW NBA 38 577 57 151 .377 57 151 .377 26 37 .703 134 25 48 140
1 season ROC NBA 30 556 54 145 .372 54 145 .372 37 51 .725 119 15 55 145

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1951-52 22 MNL NBA PF 61 13.9 1.3 3.5 .358 1.3 3.5 .358 1.0 1.5 .670 4.0 0.8 1.5 3.6
1952-53 23 MNL NBA PF 70 14.7 1.3 3.6 .349 1.3 3.6 .349 1.2 1.9 .610 3.9 0.9 1.7 3.7
1953-54 24 MLH NBA PF 72 34.1 3.1 8.4 .367 3.1 8.4 .367 1.8 2.9 .639 9.6 2.0 2.4 8.0
1954-55 25 TOT NBA 74 24.0 2.3 5.6 .400 2.3 5.6 .400 1.6 2.3 .680 5.9 1.7 1.5 6.1
1954-55 25 MLH NBA
1954-55 25 MNL NBA
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 69 16.4 1.4 3.4 .400 1.4 3.4 .400 1.4 1.9 .758 4.1 1.1 1.2 4.2
1956-57 27 TOT NBA PF 68 16.7 1.6 4.4 .375 1.6 4.4 .375 0.9 1.3 .716 3.7 0.6 1.5 4.2
1956-57 27 ROC NBA PF 30 18.5 1.8 4.8 .372 1.8 4.8 .372 1.2 1.7 .725 4.0 0.5 1.8 4.8
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 38 15.2 1.5 4.0 .377 1.5 4.0 .377 0.7 1.0 .703 3.5 0.7 1.3 3.7
Career NBA 414 20.2 1.8 4.9 .376 1.8 4.9 .376 1.3 2.0 .674 5.3 1.2 1.7 5.0
3 seasons MNL NBA 200 15.0 1.3 3.5 .369 1.3 3.5 .369 1.2 1.8 .680 4.0 1.0 1.5 3.8
1 season MLH NBA 72 34.1 3.1 8.4 .367 3.1 8.4 .367 1.8 2.9 .639 9.6 2.0 2.4 8.0
1 season PHW NBA 38 15.2 1.5 4.0 .377 1.5 4.0 .377 0.7 1.0 .703 3.5 0.7 1.3 3.7
1 season ROC NBA 30 18.5 1.8 4.8 .372 1.8 4.8 .372 1.2 1.7 .725 4.0 0.5 1.8 4.8

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1951-52 22 MNL NBA PF 61 849 3.3 9.1 .358 3.3 9.1 .358 2.7 4.0 .670 10.3 2.1 3.8 9.2
1952-53 23 MNL NBA PF 70 1027 3.1 8.9 .349 3.1 8.9 .349 2.9 4.8 .610 9.6 2.3 4.3 9.1
1953-54 24 MLH NBA PF 72 2452 3.2 8.9 .367 3.2 8.9 .367 2.0 3.1 .639 10.1 2.1 2.6 8.4
1954-55 25 TOT NBA 74 1774 3.4 8.5 .400 3.4 8.5 .400 2.3 3.4 .680 8.9 2.5 2.2 9.1
1954-55 25 MLH NBA
1954-55 25 MNL NBA
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 69 1129 3.0 7.5 .400 3.0 7.5 .400 3.2 4.2 .758 9.0 2.5 2.7 9.2
1956-57 27 TOT NBA PF 68 1133 3.5 9.4 .375 3.5 9.4 .375 2.0 2.8 .716 8.0 1.3 3.3 9.1
1956-57 27 ROC NBA PF 30 556 3.5 9.4 .372 3.5 9.4 .372 2.4 3.3 .725 7.7 1.0 3.6 9.4
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 38 577 3.6 9.4 .377 3.6 9.4 .377 1.6 2.3 .703 8.4 1.6 3.0 8.7
Career NBA 414 8364 3.3 8.7 .376 3.3 8.7 .376 2.4 3.6 .674 9.4 2.1 2.9 8.9
3 seasons MNL NBA 200 3005 3.1 8.4 .369 3.1 8.4 .369 2.9 4.3 .680 9.6 2.3 3.5 9.2
1 season MLH NBA 72 2452 3.2 8.9 .367 3.2 8.9 .367 2.0 3.1 .639 10.1 2.1 2.6 8.4
1 season PHW NBA 38 577 3.6 9.4 .377 3.6 9.4 .377 1.6 2.3 .703 8.4 1.6 3.0 8.7
1 season ROC NBA 30 556 3.5 9.4 .372 3.5 9.4 .372 2.4 3.3 .725 7.7 1.0 3.6 9.4

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1951-52 22 MNL NBA PF 61 849 .358 9.1 .358 .670
1952-53 23 MNL NBA PF 70 1027 .349 8.9 .349 .610
1953-54 24 MLH NBA PF 72 2452 .367 8.9 .367 .639
1954-55 25 TOT NBA 74 1774 .400 8.5 .400 .680
1954-55 25 MLH NBA
1954-55 25 MNL NBA
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 69 1129 .400 7.5 .400 .758
1956-57 27 TOT NBA PF 68 1133 .375 9.4 .375 .716
1956-57 27 ROC NBA PF 30 556 .372 9.4 .372 .725
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 38 577 .377 9.4 .377 .703
Career NBA 414 8364 .376 .376 .674
3 seasons MNL NBA 200 3005 .369 .369 .680
1 season MLH NBA 72 2452 .367 .367 .639
1 season PHW NBA 38 577 .377 .377 .703
1 season ROC NBA 30 556 .372 .372 .725

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1951-52 22 MNL NBA PF 61 849 14.0 .423 .358 .437 0.4 2.3 2.7 .151
1952-53 23 MNL NBA PF 70 1027 13.5 .414 .349 .533 0.2 2.1 2.2 .104
1953-54 24 MLH NBA PF 72 2452 14.9 .414 .367 .345 0.3 2.9 3.3 .064
1954-55 25 TOT NBA 74 1774 .457 .400 .405
1954-55 25 MLH NBA
1954-55 25 MNL NBA
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 69 1129 12.6 .491 .400 .562 1.3 0.8 2.2 .092
1956-57 27 TOT NBA PF 68 1133 9.4 .426 .375 .297 0.2 1.0 1.2 .052
1956-57 27 ROC NBA PF 30 556 9.4 .433 .372 .352 0.2 0.7 0.9 .073
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 38 577 9.3 .418 .377 .245 0.0 0.3 0.4 .031
Career NBA 414 8364 13.2 .435 .376 .409 2.4 9.1 11.5 .066
3 seasons MNL NBA 200 3005 13.3 .443 .369 .513 1.9 5.2 7.1 .113
1 season MLH NBA 72 2452 14.9 .414 .367 .345 0.3 2.9 3.3 .064
1 season PHW NBA 38 577 9.3 .418 .377 .245 0.0 0.3 0.4 .031
1 season ROC NBA 30 556 9.4 .433 .372 .352 0.2 0.7 0.9 .073

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1951-52 ❍ 22 MNL NBA PF 13 152 9 25 .360 9 25 .360 6 21 .286 44 9 16 24
1952-53 ❍ 23 MNL NBA PF 12 189 16 46 .348 16 46 .348 17 32 .531 64 11 32 49
1954-55 25 MNL NBA 7 137 16 40 .400 16 40 .400 23 29 .793 42 10 9 55
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 3 54 4 13 .308 4 13 .308 7 10 .700 15 2 7 15
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 2 3 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 2 0 0 2
Career NBA 37 535 45 125 .360 45 125 .360 55 94 .585 167 32 64 145
4 seasons MNL NBA 35 532 45 124 .363 45 124 .363 53 92 .576 165 32 64 143
1 season PHW NBA 2 3 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 2 0 0 2

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1951-52 ❍ 22 MNL NBA PF 13 11.7 0.7 1.9 .360 0.7 1.9 .360 0.5 1.6 .286 3.4 0.7 1.2 1.8
1952-53 ❍ 23 MNL NBA PF 12 15.8 1.3 3.8 .348 1.3 3.8 .348 1.4 2.7 .531 5.3 0.9 2.7 4.1
1954-55 25 MNL NBA 7 19.6 2.3 5.7 .400 2.3 5.7 .400 3.3 4.1 .793 6.0 1.4 1.3 7.9
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 3 18.0 1.3 4.3 .308 1.3 4.3 .308 2.3 3.3 .700 5.0 0.7 2.3 5.0
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 2 1.5 0.0 0.5 .000 0.0 0.5 .000 1.0 1.0 1.000 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Career NBA 37 14.5 1.2 3.4 .360 1.2 3.4 .360 1.5 2.5 .585 4.5 0.9 1.7 3.9
4 seasons MNL NBA 35 15.2 1.3 3.5 .363 1.3 3.5 .363 1.5 2.6 .576 4.7 0.9 1.8 4.1
1 season PHW NBA 2 1.5 0.0 0.5 .000 0.0 0.5 .000 1.0 1.0 1.000 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1951-52 ❍ 22 MNL NBA PF 13 152 2.1 5.9 .360 2.1 5.9 .360 1.4 5.0 .286 10.4 2.1 3.8 5.7
1952-53 ❍ 23 MNL NBA PF 12 189 3.0 8.8 .348 3.0 8.8 .348 3.2 6.1 .531 12.2 2.1 6.1 9.3
1954-55 25 MNL NBA 7 137 4.2 10.5 .400 4.2 10.5 .400 6.0 7.6 .793 11.0 2.6 2.4 14.5
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 3 54 2.7 8.7 .308 2.7 8.7 .308 4.7 6.7 .700 10.0 1.3 4.7 10.0
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 2 3 0.0 12.0 .000 0.0 12.0 .000 24.0 24.0 1.000 24.0 0.0 0.0 24.0
Career NBA 37 535 3.0 8.4 .360 3.0 8.4 .360 3.7 6.3 .585 11.2 2.2 4.3 9.8
4 seasons MNL NBA 35 532 3.0 8.4 .363 3.0 8.4 .363 3.6 6.2 .576 11.2 2.2 4.3 9.7
1 season PHW NBA 2 3 0.0 12.0 .000 0.0 12.0 .000 24.0 24.0 1.000 24.0 0.0 0.0 24.0

Playoffs Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1951-52 ❍ 22 MNL NBA PF 13 152 .360 5.9 .360 .286
1952-53 ❍ 23 MNL NBA PF 12 189 .348 8.8 .348 .531
1954-55 25 MNL NBA 7 137 .400 10.5 .400 .793
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 3 54 .308 8.7 .308 .700
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 2 3 .000 12.0 .000 1.000
Career NBA 37 535 .360 .360 .585
4 seasons MNL NBA 35 532 .363 .363 .576
1 season PHW NBA 2 3 .000 .000 1.000

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1951-52 ❍ 22 MNL NBA PF 13 152 9.8 .350 .360 .840 11.1 -0.2 0.3 0.1 .035
1952-53 ❍ 23 MNL NBA PF 12 189 14.4 .408 .348 .696 11.4 -0.1 0.5 0.5 .115
1954-55 25 MNL NBA 7 137 21.0 .521 .400 .725 14.1 0.3 0.3 0.6 .222
1955-56 26 MNL NBA PF 3 54 8.9 .431 .308 .769 5.1 0.0 0.1 0.1 .060
1956-57 27 PHW NBA PF 2 3 39.5 .532 .000 2.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 .348
Career NBA 37 535 14.4 .436 .360 .752 11.3 0.1 1.2 1.3 .116
4 seasons MNL NBA 35 532 14.2 .435 .363 .742 11.4 0.1 1.2 1.3 .114
1 season PHW NBA 2 3 39.5 .532 .000 2.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 .348

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 6 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6
Lew Hitch 3.3 2.7 2.2 2.2 1.2
Charles Jones 94.3 3.2 2.8 2.2 2.2 1.6 0.0
Al Tucker 92.1 3.5 2.3 2.3 2.1 1.1
E.C. Coleman 90.0 3.2 2.7 2.6 2.5 1.7 0.1
Tom Hawkins 89.3 3.2 2.9 2.3 2.1 1.2 1.0
Corky Calhoun 89.3 3.1 2.5 2.2 2.1 1.3 1.0
Chuck Cooper 88.8 3.3 3.1 2.4 1.7 1.1 0.0
Kevin Restani 88.7 3.5 2.6 2.2 2.0 1.8 0.5
Sidney Green 87.8 3.4 2.7 2.5 2.0 0.6 0.3
Don Ford 86.9 3.5 2.8 2.5 2.0 1.5 0.6
Fred Roberts 86.8 3.0 2.6 2.0 1.9 1.8 0.2
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Lew Hitch 3.3 2.7 2.2 2.2 1.2
Al Tucker 92.1 3.5 2.3 2.3 2.1 1.1
E.C. Coleman 90.0 3.2 2.7 2.6 2.5 1.7 0.1
Chuck Cooper 88.8 3.3 3.1 2.4 1.7 1.1 0.0
Don Ford 85.9 3.5 2.8 2.5 2.0 1.5 0.6 -0.1
Aaron James 85.6 4.3 2.9 2.2 2.1 1.7
Scott Padgett 84.6 3.5 2.8 2.5 1.9 1.8 0.4 0.1 0.1
Mark Landsberger 84.3 3.4 2.2 2.2 1.9 1.7 0.4 0.3
Lawrence Funderburke 83.4 3.7 3.1 2.1 1.9 1.6 0.5 0.1
Monty Williams 81.8 3.1 2.9 2.3 1.3 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.0 -0.1
Ron Behagen 81.2 4.3 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8 0.2 0.1

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Championships
(Minimum 1 playoff game)
1952 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)
1953 Minneapolis Lakers (NBA)

Games
1953-54 NBA 72 (2)
1954-55 NBA 74 (1)

Total Rebounds
1953-54 NBA 691 (9)

Rebounds Per Game
1953-54 NBA 9.6 (9)

Hall of Fame Probability
Career 0.008 (325)

     

Transactions

April 25, 1951: Drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 2nd round (20th pick) of the 1951 NBA Draft.

October 27, 1953: Sold by the Minneapolis Lakers to the Milwaukee Hawks.

December 21, 1953: Traded by the Milwaukee Hawks to the Minneapolis Lakers for Bobby Watson.

July 23, 1956: Signed as a free agent with the Rochester Royals.

January 4, 1957: Sold by the Rochester Royals to the Philadelphia Warriors.

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