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Fred Saunders

James Frederick Saunders

Position: Small Forward ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-7 ▪ Weight: 210 lbs.
Born: June 13, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio
High School: Mohawk in Columbus, Ohio
College: Syracuse University
Draft: Phoenix Suns, 2nd round (13th pick, 31st overall), 1974 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 17, 1974

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
1974-75 23 PHO NBA SF 69 1059 176 406 .433 176 406 .433 66 95 .695 82 171 253 80 41 15 151 418
1975-76 24 PHO NBA SF 17 146 28 64 .438 28 64 .438 6 11 .545 11 26 37 13 5 1 23 62
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 68 1051 184 395 .466 184 395 .466 35 53 .660 73 150 223 85 26 7 191 403
1977-78 26 TOT NBA SF 56 643 99 234 .423 99 234 .423 26 36 .722 38 73 111 46 21 14 42 106 224
1977-78 26 BOS NBA SF 26 243 30 91 .330 30 91 .330 14 17 .824 11 26 37 11 7 4 20 34 74
1977-78 26 NOJ NBA SF 30 400 69 143 .483 69 143 .483 12 19 .632 27 47 74 35 14 10 22 72 150
Career NBA 210 2899 487 1099 .443 487 1099 .443 133 195 .682 204 420 624 224 93 37 42 471 1107
2 seasons BOS NBA 94 1294 214 486 .440 214 486 .440 49 70 .700 84 176 260 96 33 11 20 225 477
2 seasons PHO NBA 86 1205 204 470 .434 204 470 .434 72 106 .679 93 197 290 93 46 16 174 480
1 season NOJ NBA 30 400 69 143 .483 69 143 .483 12 19 .632 27 47 74 35 14 10 22 72 150

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
1974-75 23 PHO NBA SF 69 15.3 2.6 5.9 .433 2.6 5.9 .433 1.0 1.4 .695 1.2 2.5 3.7 1.2 0.6 0.2 2.2 6.1
1975-76 24 PHO NBA SF 17 8.6 1.6 3.8 .438 1.6 3.8 .438 0.4 0.6 .545 0.6 1.5 2.2 0.8 0.3 0.1 1.4 3.6
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 68 15.5 2.7 5.8 .466 2.7 5.8 .466 0.5 0.8 .660 1.1 2.2 3.3 1.3 0.4 0.1 2.8 5.9
1977-78 26 TOT NBA SF 56 11.5 1.8 4.2 .423 1.8 4.2 .423 0.5 0.6 .722 0.7 1.3 2.0 0.8 0.4 0.3 0.8 1.9 4.0
1977-78 26 BOS NBA SF 26 9.3 1.2 3.5 .330 1.2 3.5 .330 0.5 0.7 .824 0.4 1.0 1.4 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.8 1.3 2.8
1977-78 26 NOJ NBA SF 30 13.3 2.3 4.8 .483 2.3 4.8 .483 0.4 0.6 .632 0.9 1.6 2.5 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.7 2.4 5.0
Career NBA 210 13.8 2.3 5.2 .443 2.3 5.2 .443 0.6 0.9 .682 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.1 0.4 0.2 0.8 2.2 5.3
2 seasons BOS NBA 94 13.8 2.3 5.2 .440 2.3 5.2 .440 0.5 0.7 .700 0.9 1.9 2.8 1.0 0.4 0.1 0.8 2.4 5.1
2 seasons PHO NBA 86 14.0 2.4 5.5 .434 2.4 5.5 .434 0.8 1.2 .679 1.1 2.3 3.4 1.1 0.5 0.2 2.0 5.6
1 season NOJ NBA 30 13.3 2.3 4.8 .483 2.3 4.8 .483 0.4 0.6 .632 0.9 1.6 2.5 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.7 2.4 5.0

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
1974-75 23 PHO NBA SF 69 1059 6.0 13.8 .433 6.0 13.8 .433 2.2 3.2 .695 2.8 5.8 8.6 2.7 1.4 0.5 5.1 14.2
1975-76 24 PHO NBA SF 17 146 6.9 15.8 .438 6.9 15.8 .438 1.5 2.7 .545 2.7 6.4 9.1 3.2 1.2 0.2 5.7 15.3
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 68 1051 6.3 13.5 .466 6.3 13.5 .466 1.2 1.8 .660 2.5 5.1 7.6 2.9 0.9 0.2 6.5 13.8
1977-78 26 TOT NBA SF 56 643 5.5 13.1 .423 5.5 13.1 .423 1.5 2.0 .722 2.1 4.1 6.2 2.6 1.2 0.8 2.4 5.9 12.5
1977-78 26 BOS NBA SF 26 243 4.4 13.5 .330 4.4 13.5 .330 2.1 2.5 .824 1.6 3.9 5.5 1.6 1.0 0.6 3.0 5.0 11.0
1977-78 26 NOJ NBA SF 30 400 6.2 12.9 .483 6.2 12.9 .483 1.1 1.7 .632 2.4 4.2 6.7 3.2 1.3 0.9 2.0 6.5 13.5
Career NBA 210 2899 6.0 13.6 .443 6.0 13.6 .443 1.7 2.4 .682 2.5 5.2 7.7 2.8 1.2 0.5 2.4 5.8 13.7
2 seasons BOS NBA 94 1294 6.0 13.5 .440 6.0 13.5 .440 1.4 1.9 .700 2.3 4.9 7.2 2.7 0.9 0.3 3.0 6.3 13.3
2 seasons PHO NBA 86 1205 6.1 14.0 .434 6.1 14.0 .434 2.2 3.2 .679 2.8 5.9 8.7 2.8 1.4 0.5 5.2 14.3
1 season NOJ NBA 30 400 6.2 12.9 .483 6.2 12.9 .483 1.1 1.7 .632 2.4 4.2 6.7 3.2 1.3 0.9 2.0 6.5 13.5

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
1974-75 23 PHO NBA SF 69 1059 7.6 17.6 .433 7.6 17.6 .433 2.9 4.1 .695 3.6 7.4 11.0 3.5 1.8 0.7 6.6 18.2
1975-76 24 PHO NBA SF 17 146 8.7 19.9 .438 8.7 19.9 .438 1.9 3.4 .545 3.4 8.1 11.5 4.0 1.6 0.3 7.2 19.3
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 68 1051 7.8 16.8 .466 7.8 16.8 .466 1.5 2.3 .660 3.1 6.4 9.5 3.6 1.1 0.3 8.1 17.1
1977-78 26 TOT NBA SF 56 643 .423 .423 .722
1977-78 26 BOS NBA SF 26 243 5.6 17.0 .330 5.6 17.0 .330 2.6 3.2 .824 2.1 4.8 6.9 2.1 1.3 0.7 3.7 6.3 13.8
1977-78 26 NOJ NBA SF 30 400 7.6 15.8 .483 7.6 15.8 .483 1.3 2.1 .632 3.0 5.2 8.2 3.9 1.6 1.1 2.4 8.0 16.6
Career NBA 210 2899 7.8 17.4 .443 9.8 22.1 .443 2.7 3.9 .682 4.1 7.0 12.5 3.6 1.9 0.5 9.5 22.2
2 seasons BOS NBA 94 1294 7.4 16.8 .440 7.4 16.8 .440 1.7 2.4 .700 2.9 6.1 9.0 3.3 1.1 0.4 3.7 7.8 16.5
2 seasons PHO NBA 86 1205 7.8 17.9 .434 7.8 17.9 .434 2.7 4.0 .679 3.5 7.5 11.1 3.5 1.8 0.6 6.6 18.3
1 season NOJ NBA 30 400 7.6 15.8 .483 7.6 15.8 .483 1.3 2.1 .632 3.0 5.2 8.2 3.9 1.6 1.1 2.4 8.0 16.6

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
1974-75 23 PHO NBA SF 69 1059 13.2 .467 .433 .234 7.8 16.8 12.3 11.0 1.8 0.8 97 0.2 1.1 1.3 .060
1975-76 24 PHO NBA SF 17 146 12.7 .450 .438 .172 8.3 19.1 13.8 13.3 1.6 0.4 98 -0.1 0.2 0.1 .026
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 68 1051 10.9 .482 .466 .134 6.9 13.9 10.4 11.6 1.1 0.3 99 0.0 1.2 1.2 .054
1977-78 26 TOT NBA SF 56 643 8.9 .448 .423 .154 5.9 10.9 8.5 9.7 1.5 1.1 14.4 17.4 92 102 -0.1 0.6 0.5 .039
1977-78 26 BOS NBA SF 26 243 4.1 .376 .330 .187 4.7 10.6 7.7 6.0 1.3 0.8 16.9 18.9 76 102 -0.5 0.2 -0.3 -0.050
1977-78 26 NOJ NBA SF 30 400 11.8 .496 .483 .133 6.6 11.1 8.9 12.0 1.6 1.2 12.7 16.4 102 101 0.4 0.4 0.8 .092
Career NBA 210 2899 11.4 .467 .443 .177 7.1 14.6 10.8 11.0 1.5 0.7 14.4 17.4 92 99 0.0 3.1 3.1 .051
2 seasons BOS NBA 94 1294 9.6 .461 .440 .144 6.5 13.3 9.9 10.5 1.1 0.4 16.9 18.9 76 99 -0.5 1.4 0.9 .035
2 seasons PHO NBA 86 1205 13.1 .465 .434 .226 7.9 17.1 12.5 11.3 1.8 0.7 97 0.1 1.3 1.4 .056
1 season NOJ NBA 30 400 11.8 .496 .483 .133 6.6 11.1 8.9 12.0 1.6 1.2 12.7 16.4 102 101 0.4 0.4 0.8 .092

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
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 9 66 12 33 .364 12 33 .364 5 6 .833 1 8 9 5 1 0 21 29
Career NBA 9 66 12 33 .364 12 33 .364 5 6 .833 1 8 9 5 1 0 21 29
1 season BOS NBA 9 66 12 33 .364 12 33 .364 5 6 .833 1 8 9 5 1 0 21 29

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
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 9 7.3 1.3 3.7 .364 1.3 3.7 .364 0.6 0.7 .833 0.1 0.9 1.0 0.6 0.1 0.0 2.3 3.2
Career NBA 9 7.3 1.3 3.7 .364 1.3 3.7 .364 0.6 0.7 .833 0.1 0.9 1.0 0.6 0.1 0.0 2.3 3.2
1 season BOS NBA 9 7.3 1.3 3.7 .364 1.3 3.7 .364 0.6 0.7 .833 0.1 0.9 1.0 0.6 0.1 0.0 2.3 3.2

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
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 9 66 6.5 18.0 .364 6.5 18.0 .364 2.7 3.3 .833 0.5 4.4 4.9 2.7 0.5 0.0 11.5 15.8
Career NBA 9 66 6.5 18.0 .364 6.5 18.0 .364 2.7 3.3 .833 0.5 4.4 4.9 2.7 0.5 0.0 11.5 15.8
1 season BOS NBA 9 66 6.5 18.0 .364 6.5 18.0 .364 2.7 3.3 .833 0.5 4.4 4.9 2.7 0.5 0.0 11.5 15.8

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
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 9 66 8.1 22.4 .364 8.1 22.4 .364 3.4 4.1 .833 0.7 5.4 6.1 3.4 0.7 0.0 14.3 19.7
Career NBA 9 66 8.1 22.4 .364 8.1 22.4 .364 3.4 4.1 .833 0.7 5.4 6.1 3.4 0.7 0.0 14.3 19.7
1 season BOS NBA 9 66 8.1 22.4 .364 8.1 22.4 .364 3.4 4.1 .833 0.7 5.4 6.1 3.4 0.7 0.0 14.3 19.7

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
1976-77 25 BOS NBA SF 9 66 5.8 .407 .364 .182 1.5 12.0 6.8 11.2 0.7 0.0 101 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.073
Career NBA 9 66 5.8 .407 .364 .182 1.5 12.0 6.8 11.2 0.7 0.0 101 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.073
1 season BOS NBA 9 66 5.8 .407 .364 .182 1.5 12.0 6.8 11.2 0.7 0.0 101 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.073

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 4 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4
Fred Saunders 1.3 1.2 0.5 0.1
Tom Workman 89.7 1.4 1.3 0.4 0.1
Tommie Bowens 88.4 1.2 1.1 0.5
Hilton Armstrong 86.0 1.5 1.2 0.5 -0.1
Tim Kempton 82.9 1.3 1.3 1.0 0.1
Tony Brown 80.5 1.8 1.3 0.5 0.2
Hank Whitney 80.5 1.8 1.1 0.5
Bo Ellis 78.4 1.1 0.9 0.5
Mickael Gelabale 77.9 1.5 1.3 0.2
Jud Buechler 77.1 1.8 1.2 0.5 0.4
Major Jones 77.1 1.3 1.3 1.2 0.1
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Fred Saunders 1.3 1.2 0.5 0.1
Tom Workman 89.7 1.4 1.3 0.4 0.1
Tommie Bowens 88.4 1.2 1.1 0.5
Hank Whitney 80.5 1.8 1.1 0.5
Bo Ellis 78.4 1.1 0.9 0.5
Mickael Gelabale 77.9 1.5 1.3 0.2
Art Spector 76.8 1.4 1.0 0.6 -0.2
Steve Green 76.1 1.2 1.1 0.7 0.4
Patrick McFarland 75.5 1.3 0.7 0.4
Wesley Johnson 74.9 1.9 1.3 0.6 0.0
Anthony Miller 73.5 1.2 1.2 0.8 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Transactions

October 30, 1973: Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers (as a future 1974 2nd round draft pick) with Keith Erickson to the Phoenix Suns for Connie Hawkins.

May 28, 1974: Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round (31st pick) of the 1974 NBA Draft.

February 11, 1976: Waived by the Phoenix Suns.

May 27, 1976: Signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics.

February 1, 1978: Traded by the Boston Celtics to the New Orleans Jazz for a 1978 2nd round draft pick (Jeff Judkins was later selected).

October 4, 1978: Waived by the New Orleans Jazz.

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