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George Karl

George Matthew Karl

Position: Point Guard ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: May 12, 1951 in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
High School: Penn Hills in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
College: University of North Carolina
Draft: New York Knicks, 4th round (14th pick, 66th overall), 1973 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 22, 1976 ▪ ABA Debut: October 13, 1973
As Coach: 25 Yrs, 1131-756, .599 W-L% (Full Record)
Relatives: Father of Coby Karl

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 74 1339 236 502 .470 8 22 .364 228 480 .475 94 113 .832 41 85 126 160 65 10 92 161 574
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 82 1629 261 534 .489 4 23 .174 257 511 .503 137 177 .774 47 108 155 334 96 7 158 207 663
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 75 1200 150 334 .449 0 9 .000 150 325 .462 81 106 .764 13 53 66 250 60 3 108 149 381
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 29 251 25 73 .342 25 73 .342 29 42 .690 4 13 17 46 10 0 36 79
1977-78 26 SAS NBA PG 4 30 2 6 .333 2 6 .333 2 2 1.000 0 5 5 5 1 0 4 6 6
Career TOT 264 4449 674 1449 .465 12 54 .222 662 1395 .475 343 440 .780 105 264 369 795 232 20 362 559 1703
ABA 231 4168 647 1370 .472 12 54 .222 635 1316 .483 312 396 .788 101 246 347 744 221 20 358 517 1618
NBA 33 281 27 79 .342 27 79 .342 31 44 .705 4 18 22 51 11 0 4 42 85

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 74 18.1 3.2 6.8 .470 0.1 0.3 .364 3.1 6.5 .475 1.3 1.5 .832 0.6 1.1 1.7 2.2 0.9 0.1 1.2 2.2 7.8
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 82 19.9 3.2 6.5 .489 0.0 0.3 .174 3.1 6.2 .503 1.7 2.2 .774 0.6 1.3 1.9 4.1 1.2 0.1 1.9 2.5 8.1
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 75 16.0 2.0 4.5 .449 0.0 0.1 .000 2.0 4.3 .462 1.1 1.4 .764 0.2 0.7 0.9 3.3 0.8 0.0 1.4 2.0 5.1
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 29 8.7 0.9 2.5 .342 0.9 2.5 .342 1.0 1.4 .690 0.1 0.4 0.6 1.6 0.3 0.0 1.2 2.7
1977-78 26 SAS NBA PG 4 7.5 0.5 1.5 .333 0.5 1.5 .333 0.5 0.5 1.000 0.0 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.3 0.0 1.0 1.5 1.5
Career TOT 264 16.9 2.6 5.5 .465 0.1 0.2 .222 2.5 5.3 .475 1.3 1.7 .780 0.4 1.0 1.4 3.0 0.9 0.1 1.5 2.1 6.5
ABA 231 18.0 2.8 5.9 .472 0.1 0.2 .222 2.7 5.7 .483 1.4 1.7 .788 0.4 1.1 1.5 3.2 1.0 0.1 1.5 2.2 7.0
NBA 33 8.5 0.8 2.4 .342 0.8 2.4 .342 0.9 1.3 .705 0.1 0.5 0.7 1.5 0.3 0.0 1.0 1.3 2.6

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 74 1339 6.3 13.5 .470 0.2 0.6 .364 6.1 12.9 .475 2.5 3.0 .832 1.1 2.3 3.4 4.3 1.7 0.3 2.5 4.3 15.4
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 82 1629 5.8 11.8 .489 0.1 0.5 .174 5.7 11.3 .503 3.0 3.9 .774 1.0 2.4 3.4 7.4 2.1 0.2 3.5 4.6 14.7
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 75 1200 4.5 10.0 .449 0.0 0.3 .000 4.5 9.7 .462 2.4 3.2 .764 0.4 1.6 2.0 7.5 1.8 0.1 3.2 4.5 11.4
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 29 251 3.6 10.5 .342 3.6 10.5 .342 4.2 6.0 .690 0.6 1.9 2.4 6.6 1.4 0.0 5.2 11.3
1977-78 26 SAS NBA PG 4 30 2.4 7.2 .333 2.4 7.2 .333 2.4 2.4 1.000 0.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 1.2 0.0 4.8 7.2 7.2
Career TOT 264 4449 5.5 11.7 .465 0.1 0.5 .222 5.4 11.3 .475 2.8 3.6 .780 0.8 2.1 3.0 6.4 1.9 0.2 3.1 4.5 13.8
ABA 231 4168 5.6 11.8 .472 0.1 0.5 .222 5.5 11.4 .483 2.7 3.4 .788 0.9 2.1 3.0 6.4 1.9 0.2 3.1 4.5 14.0
NBA 33 281 3.5 10.1 .342 3.5 10.1 .342 4.0 5.6 .705 0.5 2.3 2.8 6.5 1.4 0.0 4.8 5.4 10.9

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 74 1339 8.9 18.9 .470 0.3 0.8 .364 8.6 18.1 .475 3.5 4.3 .832 1.5 3.2 4.8 6.0 2.5 0.4 3.5 6.1 21.7
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 82 1629 7.5 15.3 .489 0.1 0.7 .174 7.4 14.6 .503 3.9 5.1 .774 1.3 3.1 4.4 9.6 2.7 0.2 4.5 5.9 19.0
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 75 1200 5.6 12.5 .449 0.0 0.3 .000 5.6 12.2 .462 3.0 4.0 .764 0.5 2.0 2.5 9.4 2.2 0.1 4.0 5.6 14.3
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 29 251 4.3 12.5 .342 4.3 12.5 .342 5.0 7.2 .690 0.7 2.2 2.9 7.9 1.7 0.0 6.2 13.5
1977-78 26 SAS NBA PG 4 30 2.9 8.8 .333 2.9 8.8 .333 2.9 2.9 1.000 0.0 7.3 7.3 7.3 1.5 0.0 5.9 8.8 8.8
Career TOT 264 4449 7.1 15.3 .465 0.1 0.6 .222 7.0 14.7 .475 3.6 4.6 .780 1.1 2.8 3.9 8.4 2.5 0.2 4.1 5.9 18.0
ABA 231 4168 7.3 15.5 .472 0.1 0.6 .222 7.2 14.9 .483 3.5 4.5 .788 1.1 2.8 3.9 8.4 2.5 0.2 4.1 5.9 18.4
NBA 33 281 4.1 12.1 .342 4.1 12.1 .342 4.7 6.7 .705 0.6 2.8 3.4 7.8 1.7 0.0 5.9 6.4 13.0

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 74 1339 14.8 .520 .478 .225 .044 3.3 7.0 5.1 18.5 2.5 0.5 14.3 20.6 104 101 1.6 1.7 3.3 .117
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 82 1629 14.8 .542 .493 .331 .043 2.9 6.5 4.7 26.6 2.7 0.2 20.5 18.5 106 106 1.9 1.5 3.4 .100
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 75 1200 10.4 .500 .449 .317 .027 1.1 4.2 2.7 25.0 2.2 0.1 22.1 15.7 99 107 0.4 0.9 1.3 .050
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 29 251 9.5 .432 .342 .575 1.7 5.3 3.5 21.8 1.7 0.0 105 -0.3 0.1 -0.2 -0.037
1977-78 26 SAS NBA PG 4 30 3.4 .436 .333 .333 0.0 16.7 8.7 18.7 1.5 0.0 36.8 14.0 73 102 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.048
Career TOT 264 4449 13.2 .518 .469 .304 .037 2.4 6.0 4.3 23.4 2.5 0.3 18.9 18.3 103 105 3.6 4.1 7.7 .083
ABA 231 4168 13.5 .524 .477 .289 .039 2.5 6.0 4.3 23.6 2.5 0.3 18.8 18.4 103 105 3.9 4.0 7.9 .091
NBA 33 281 8.9 .432 .342 .557 1.5 6.5 4.0 21.5 1.7 0.0 36.8 14.0 73 105 -0.3 0.1 -0.2 -0.038

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 7 141 13 28 .464 0 1 .000 13 27 .481 2 5 .400 3 12 15 23 10 0 12 19 28
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 4 40 1 8 .125 0 1 .000 1 7 .143 3 4 .750 0 3 3 5 1 0 2 5 5
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 6 64 10 22 .455 0 1 .000 10 21 .476 6 9 .667 1 3 4 17 5 0 5 12 26
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career TOT 18 246 24 58 .414 0 3 .000 24 55 .436 11 18 .611 4 18 22 45 16 0 19 36 59
ABA 17 245 24 58 .414 0 3 .000 24 55 .436 11 18 .611 4 18 22 45 16 0 19 36 59
NBA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 7 20.1 1.9 4.0 .464 0.0 0.1 .000 1.9 3.9 .481 0.3 0.7 .400 0.4 1.7 2.1 3.3 1.4 0.0 1.7 2.7 4.0
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 4 10.0 0.3 2.0 .125 0.0 0.3 .000 0.3 1.8 .143 0.8 1.0 .750 0.0 0.8 0.8 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.5 1.3 1.3
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 6 10.7 1.7 3.7 .455 0.0 0.2 .000 1.7 3.5 .476 1.0 1.5 .667 0.2 0.5 0.7 2.8 0.8 0.0 0.8 2.0 4.3
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career TOT 18 13.7 1.3 3.2 .414 0.0 0.2 .000 1.3 3.1 .436 0.6 1.0 .611 0.2 1.0 1.2 2.5 0.9 0.0 1.1 2.0 3.3
ABA 17 14.4 1.4 3.4 .414 0.0 0.2 .000 1.4 3.2 .436 0.6 1.1 .611 0.2 1.1 1.3 2.6 0.9 0.0 1.1 2.1 3.5
NBA 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 7 141 3.3 7.1 .464 0.0 0.3 .000 3.3 6.9 .481 0.5 1.3 .400 0.8 3.1 3.8 5.9 2.6 0.0 3.1 4.9 7.1
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 4 40 0.9 7.2 .125 0.0 0.9 .000 0.9 6.3 .143 2.7 3.6 .750 0.0 2.7 2.7 4.5 0.9 0.0 1.8 4.5 4.5
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 6 64 5.6 12.4 .455 0.0 0.6 .000 5.6 11.8 .476 3.4 5.1 .667 0.6 1.7 2.3 9.6 2.8 0.0 2.8 6.8 14.6
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 1 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career TOT 18 246 3.5 8.5 .414 0.0 0.4 .000 3.5 8.0 .436 1.6 2.6 .611 0.6 2.6 3.2 6.6 2.3 0.0 2.8 5.3 8.6
ABA 17 245 3.5 8.5 .414 0.0 0.4 .000 3.5 8.1 .436 1.6 2.6 .611 0.6 2.6 3.2 6.6 2.4 0.0 2.8 5.3 8.7
NBA 1 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 7 141 4.8 10.3 .464 0.0 0.4 .000 4.8 9.9 .481 0.7 1.8 .400 1.1 4.4 5.5 8.5 3.7 0.0 4.4 7.0 10.3
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 4 40 1.2 9.7 .125 0.0 1.2 .000 1.2 8.5 .143 3.6 4.8 .750 0.0 3.6 3.6 6.1 1.2 0.0 2.4 6.1 6.1
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 6 64 7.4 16.2 .455 0.0 0.7 .000 7.4 15.4 .476 4.4 6.6 .667 0.7 2.2 2.9 12.5 3.7 0.0 3.7 8.8 19.1
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 1 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career TOT 18 246 4.9 11.8 .414 0.0 0.6 .000 4.9 11.2 .436 2.2 3.7 .611 0.8 3.7 4.5 9.1 3.2 0.0 3.9 7.3 12.0
ABA 17 245 4.9 11.8 .414 0.0 0.6 .000 4.9 11.2 .436 2.2 3.7 .611 0.8 3.7 4.5 9.2 3.3 0.0 3.9 7.3 12.0
NBA 1 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
1973-74 22 SAA ABA PG 7 141 9.3 .464 .464 .179 .036 2.3 8.6 5.6 21.7 3.7 0.0 28.4 13.1 88 106 -0.1 0.1 0.0 .006
1974-75 23 SAA ABA PG 4 40 1.0 .256 .125 .500 .125 0.0 7.0 3.4 14.3 1.2 0.0 17.0 11.8 67 112 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.087
1975-76 24 SAA ABA PG 6 64 15.2 .501 .455 .409 .045 1.6 4.3 3.0 38.2 3.7 0.0 16.1 19.0 108 105 0.1 0.1 0.2 .120
1976-77 25 SAS NBA PG 1 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 108 0.0 0.0 0.0 .002
Career TOT 18 246 9.5 .448 .414 .310 .052 1.7 7.2 4.5 24.7 3.3 0.0 22.4 14.5 93 107 -0.1 0.2 0.1 .020
ABA 17 245 9.5 .448 .414 .310 .052 1.7 7.2 4.5 24.8 3.3 0.0 22.4 14.5 93 107 -0.1 0.2 0.1 .020
NBA 1 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 108 0.0 0.0 0.0 .002

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 5 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5
George Karl 3.4 3.3 1.3 0.0 -0.2
Mike Dunleavy 89.3 3.4 3.0 1.4 0.2 0.1
Terry Furlow 88.0 3.3 2.8 1.1 0.0
Curly Armstrong 86.2 3.5 3.1 0.6
Marco Belinelli 86.0 3.4 2.9 1.2 0.5 0.0
Chris Whitney 85.6 3.2 2.7 1.3 -0.2 -0.3
Bob Weiss 85.3 3.6 2.9 1.7 0.1 0.0
Mervin Jackson 84.9 3.1 3.1 1.8 -0.2 -0.2
Shannon Brown 84.7 3.4 3.1 0.7 0.1 -0.5
Shammond Williams 84.0 3.1 2.9 1.2 0.2 0.0
Kelenna Azubuike 80.4 4.1 3.4 1.2 0.7 -0.1
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6
George Karl 3.4 3.3 1.3 0.0 -0.2
Terry Furlow 88.0 3.3 2.8 1.1 0.0
Curly Armstrong 86.2 3.5 3.1 0.6
Mervin Jackson 84.9 3.1 3.1 1.8 -0.2 -0.2
Kelenna Azubuike 80.4 4.1 3.4 1.2 0.7 -0.1
Ron Sobie 80.1 3.6 2.6 0.9 0.1
Billy Ray Bates 79.2 3.6 2.4 0.9 0.0
Mike Butler 75.7 3.1 2.3 1.6 0.1
Louie Nelson 74.4 2.9 2.3 1.1 0.0 0.0
Greivis Vasquez 74.0 3.8 3.6 2.3 0.5
Khalid Reeves 73.8 3.5 2.5 1.2 1.1 0.1 0.0

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Assists
Career ABA 744 (73)

Steals
Career ABA 221 (31)

Blocks
Career ABA 20 (99)

Assist Pct
1974-75 ABA 26.6 (2)

Steal Pct
1974-75 ABA 2.7 (7)
Career ABA 2.5 (20)
Career 2.5 (75)

Block Pct
Career ABA 0.3 (70)

Offensive Rating
Career ABA 103.4 (35)

Defensive Rating
Career ABA 104.6 (41)

Transactions

April 24, 1973: Drafted by the New York Knicks in the 4th round (66th pick) of the 1973 NBA Draft.

June 17, 1976: Moved from the ABA to the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.

April 4, 1978: Retired from the San Antonio Spurs.

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