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Paul Ruffner was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association.

Ruffner was born on October 15, 1948 in Downey, California. He played basketball at Earl Warren High School in Santa Monica, California.[1]

A 6'10" center, Ruffner played college basketball for Brigham Young University. The Chicago Bulls selected Ruffner in the second round of the 1970 NBA Draft and the Virginia Squires selected him in the 1970 ABA draft. Ruffner signed with the Bulls.[2]

Ruffner played his rookie season, 1970-71, with the Bulls. Ruffner played for the Pittsburgh Condors of the ABA in the next season. After a year out of both leagues, Ruffner played during the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons for the NBA's Buffalo Braves. Ruffner then landed with the Baltimore Claws but the team folded after a few preseason exhibition games. Ruffner concluded his professional career in the final season before the ABA-NBA merger by appearing in two games for the Spirits of St. Louis during the 1975-76 campaign.[3]

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