Tom Henderson (basketball)
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January 26, 1952 |
Newberry, South Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||DeWitt Clinton
(Bronx, New York)
|College||San Jacinto JC (1970–1972)
|NBA draft||1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||6,088 (9.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,494 (2.3 rpg)|
|Assists||3,136 (4.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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.
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.
- Career statistics at http://www.basketball-reference.com
- Where Are They Now? at http://www.nba.com/rockets
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