Satch Sanders

American basketball player and coach

Thomas Ernest "Satch" Sanders (born November 8, 1938) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played his entire professional career as a power forward for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Satch Sanders
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Personal information
Born (1938-11-08) November 8, 1938 (age 84)
New York City, New York
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolSeward Park
(New York City, New York)
CollegeNYU (1957–1960)
NBA draft1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1960–1973
PositionPower forward
Coaching career1973–1978
Career history
As player:
19601973Boston Celtics
As coach:
1977–1978Boston Celtics (assistant)
1978Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points8,766 (9.6 ppg)
Rebounds5,798 (6.3 rpg)
Assists1,026 (1.1 apg)
Basketball Hall of Fame

Sanders won eight championships.[1] After his playing retirement, he was a head coach for the Harvard Crimson men's basketball team and the Boston Celtics.

Sanders was added into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.


  1. Berkman, Seth (June 19, 2016), "N.B.A. Finals Legend or Loser? Luck Is Often the Difference", The New York Times