Tom Henderson (basketball)

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Tom Henderson
No. 14, 6
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1952-01-26) January 26, 1952 (age 63)
Newberry, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school DeWitt Clinton
(Bronx, New York)
College San Jacinto JC (1970–1972)
Hawaii (1972–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 1974–1983
Career history
19741977 Atlanta Hawks
1977–1979 Washington Bullets
19791983 Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 6,088 (9.4 ppg)
Rebounds 1,494 (2.3 rpg)
Assists 3,136 (4.8 apg)
Stats at

Thomas Edward "Tom" Henderson (born January 26, 1952) is an American former professional basketball player born in Newberry, South Carolina.

A tough-minded 6'4" guard from the University of Hawaii, Henderson was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 1974 National Basketball Association Draft. He went on to have a productive nine-year (1974–1983) professional career, playing for the Hawks, the Washington Bullets, and the Houston Rockets. Henderson accumulated 6,088 career points and 3,136 career assists, and he reached the NBA Finals three times, winning with the Bullets in 1978.[1]

Since retiring from basketball, Henderson has worked as an administrator at a Houston-area juvenile facility.

While still an amateur as a college student, Henderson was on the United States basketball team at the 1972 Summer Olympics and was part of the controversial 1972 Olympic Men's Basketball Final.

"The game ended, and we won. Then it ended again, and we won again."

—Tom Henderson

"They were going to keep going until they got the outcome they wanted: the Russians winning."

Henderson and the rest of the team have never accepted the silver medal.


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