Tuesday
Jun232009

Nat Holman

Enshrined 1964
New York, NY
October 19, 1896 - February 12, 1995

Biography

From 1920 to 1930, Nat Holman was one of basketball's most accurate shooters, and an exceptional ball handler. The best all-around player of the twenties, Holman came into the spotlight by leading Germantown to the 1921 Eastern League title. Playing the majority of his career with the world famous Original Celtics, Holman's extraordinary skills -- a deft passer and brilliant floor leader -- were innovative for the era, and helped make the Celtics virtually unbeatable. Because of his creative style, Holman turned the pivot play and the man-to-man defensive switch into widespread techniques. While barnstorming with the Celtics, Holman also coached at the City College of New York (CCNY) from 1919. In 1950, CCNY, who would play a tough brand of basketball known as the "City Game," became the first and only college team in history to win both the NCAA and NIT tournaments in the same season.

Career Highlights

Eastern League championships, 1921, 1922
Player-coach of the Original Celtics, 1926-29
American Basketball League titles with the Original Celtics, 1927, 1928
NCAA and NIT championships as coach of CCNY, 1950