Bob Kauffman

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Bob Kauffman was a professional basketball player and coach from the United States. Moreover, Bob Kauffman earns a three-time NBA All-Star.

Early Life

Bob Kauffman was born on the 13th of July 1946, in Brooklyn, New York, the United States of America. At the age of 69, he died and was an American by nationality. His actual birth name is Robert Alan Kauffman.

He is the son of LeRoy and Anne Kauffman. The Kauffmans were saddle and bridle manufacturers. Kauffman’s Boots and Saddles was their Manhattan store on East 24th Street.

College Career

Kauffman started playing basketball at a young age. Moreover, he played at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York. He attended NAIA Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, from 1964 to 1968, where he played under Coach Jerry Steele.

In his four seasons, he is credited with transforming the Quakers into an NAIA basketball powerhouse, winning 86 games and making three consecutive trips to the NAIA Tournament

. In 113 games, Kauffman scored 2,570 points on 64% shooting and grabbed 1,801 rebounds. He holds Guilford marks for single-game rebounds (32) and single-season rebounds (698, 1967-68), as well as career field goals (943), single-season field goal percentage (.712, 1967-68), single-season free throws (273, 1966-67), career free throws (684) and single-season free-throw attempts (344, 1966–67). He earned a history degree in 1968.

Professional Career

Seattle SuperSonics

The Seattle SuperSonics selected Bod Kauffman with the third overall pick in the 1968 NBA draft, behind future Hall of Fame inductees Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld.

The Oakland Oaks selected Kauffman in the 1968 American Basketball Association Draft, but he chose to play in the NBA instead. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds as a rookie for Seattle in 1968-69, playing behind Bob Rule.

Chicago Bulls

On September 5, 1969, the Seattle SuperSonics traded him to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for a 1971 third-round lottery pick (Clifford Ray was eventually selected) and Bob Boozer and Barry Clemens. In 1969-70, he was a reserve with the Bulls, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12 minutes a game.

Buffalo Braves

He was moved to the Philadelphia 76ers on May 11, 1970, completing a trade that began on September 2, 1969, when he was traded by the Chicago Bulls alongside Jim Washington to the 76ers for Shaler Halimon and Chet Walker.

On May 11, 1970, Kauffman was sent as the player to be named later.  Eventually, on the day of the NBA Expansion Selection, May 11, 1970, the expansion Buffalo Braves acquired him and a 1971 second-round draft pick (Spencer Haywood was later selected) from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for veteran forward Bailey Howell.

He never played for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was an All-Star with the Buffalo Braves in 1970-1971, averaging 20.4 points and 10.7 rebounds for the 22-60 Braves under Coach Dolph Schayes.

Moreover, he was a reserve for the first six games of the season, scoring a total of 26 points before being promoted to the starting lineup. The Braves finished 22-60 again in 1971-1972, but Kauffman was an All-Star for the second time, averaging 18.9 points and 10.2 rebounds.

On November 13, 1971, Kauffman scored 44 points against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks. Kauffman was an All-Star again in 1972-1973, this time under new Coach Jack Ramsay, averaging 17.5 points and 11.1 rebounds for the 21-61 Braves.

The Braves improved to 42-40 in 1973-1974, making the playoffs. Kauffman was a reserve on a team that included Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith, and Gar Heard, averaging 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Atlanta Hawks

Kauffman was selected in the NBA expansion draft by the New Orleans Jazz from the Buffalo Braves on May 20, 1974. The Jazz instantly traded him in a historic transaction.

He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Pete Maravich along with Dean Meminger, a 1974 first-round draft pick (Mike Sojourner was later selected), a 1975 first-round draft pick (David Thompson was later selected), a 1975 second-round draft pick (Bill Willoughby was later selected), a 1976 second-round draft pick (Alex English was later selected), and a 1980 third-round draft pick (Jonathan Moore was later selected).

Bob Kauffman

Caption: Bob Kauffman during a match (Source: Twitter)

With chronic groin and hip ailments limiting his playing time, Kauffman finished his career with the 1974-1975 Hawks. In 73 games for the 31-51 Hawks, he averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 points a game under Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons.

Coaching Career

He worked briefly as an NBA team executive for the Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons. Moreover, he was the Hawks’ deputy general manager for two seasons. Later he was recruited as the Pistons’ general manager in 1977.

From May 25, 1977, through July 14, 1978, he was a member of the Pistons. After Herb Brown was sacked as coach of the Detroit Pistons in 1977-1978, he went 29-29 in 58 games. After a disagreement with team owner Bill Davidson, Kauffman finally left the Pistons.

Kauffman hoped to fill the coaching vacancy with Cotton Fitzsimmons or Al Bianchi. Davidson was looking for Dick Vitale of the University of Detroit. Vitale’s record as Pistons coach was 34-60.


In his basketball career, he has earned three NBA All-Star. Likewise, he was inducted into Guilford’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1973. Moreover, Guilford College retired his jersey (#44) in 2009.

Bob Kauffman – Net Worth 2022

Talking about Kauffman’s earnings, net worth, and income, there are no exact details regarding it. However, being a former basketball player, and coach, he might have collected a good sum of money in his profession.

Relationship Status

Talking about his relationship status, he was married to his wife, Judy. With the marriage, the couple has four daughters; Lara, Joannah, Carey, and Kate. All three of his daughters played collegiate basketball for Georgia Tech, Duke, and Clayton University. Sadly, Kauffman died at the age of 69 peacefully one night as his heart stopped.

Body Measurements

This basketball player stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 109 kg. Moreover, he has brown eyes with dark black hair and there is no other information available regarding his shoe size, dress size, and others.

Bob Kauffman

Caption: Bob Kauffman with his teammates (Source: Buffalo News)

Bob Kauffman – Social Media

However, this renowned basketball player is no more alive in this world, so we can say that he is not active on any kind of social media platform such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.