The Answerman is right. Though Chuck Taylor played professional basketball while he was still in high school. The NBA as we know it did not begin until 1950, with its origins as the BAA in 1947 (later renamed NBA), many years after Chuck Taylor retired.
As the Answerman astutely pointed out, Chuck Taylor played in the 1920's, the NBA was developed in the late 1940's to early 1950's, so there appear to be no records of Chuck Taylor's stats. Chuck was born Charles Hollis Taylor in rural Brown County, IN, in 1901, Chuck always wanted to be a star basketball player, and he almost was. He played his first professional basketball game in March 1919, while still a high school student in Columbus, Ind. Perhaps his best team was the Akron Firestone Non-Skids in the early 1920s. By the mid-1920s he had become player-manager of the Converse All-Stars barnstorming team, a stellar group of cagers who traveled throughout the Midwest challenging local teams on their home courts.
Building on the reputation earned in his barnstorming days, Chuck continued to promote Converse All Star shoes – and himself – in countless basketball “clinics” in high school and college gyms across the country. Chuck also was heavily involved over the years in substantial payments to the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which bought loyalty for the shoe among college and high school coaches.
Although he was not directly involved in the shoe's design, Chuck’s signature was added to the shoe’s graphic and advertising identity in 1932, transforming the brand into “Chuck Taylor All Stars.”
He started his All-American picks at this time, too. They were highly regarded because Chuck only selected players he had personally seen play, and he often found talent in small Southeastern and Southwestern colleges where big-city sportswriters never went. He had a good eye, and his picks always were touted in the popular Converse Basketball Yearbook.
Chuck had his dark side, though. He, and his employer, often claimed that he was a veteran of the “World Champion” Original Celtics from New York City and “Olympic champion” Buffalo Germans, which were the two great, pre-Modern Era basketball teams in America. He was neither, but the myth helped sell shoes.
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