Tom Van Arsdale

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Tom Van Arsdale
No. 5, 17, 4
Guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1943-02-22) February 22, 1943 (age 71)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school Emmerich Manual
(Indianapolis, Indianapolis)
College Indiana (1962–1965)
NBA draft 1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro playing career 1965–1977
Career history
19651968 Detroit Pistons
1967–1971 Cincinnati Royals
1972–1973 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1973–1974 Philadelphia 76ers
1974–1976 Atlanta Hawks
1976–1977 Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 14,232 (15.3 ppg)
Rebounds 3,942 (4.2 rpg)
Assists 2,085 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Thomas Arthur "Tom" Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player. A graduate of Indianapolis Emmerich Manual High School, the 6'5" guard played collegiately at Indiana University, Van Arsdale was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 2nd round of the 1965 NBA Draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1966, together with his identical twin brother Dick Van Arsdale. Van Arsdale played in the NBA for 12 seasons; with the Pistons, the Cincinnati Royals, the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Phoenix Suns. Van Arsdale, a three-time All-Star, was consistently over his career one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA. He retired from play in 1977.

Van Arsdale still holds the NBA record for most career games played without a playoff appearance. Van Arsdale played 929 games without making a single playoff appearance. Van Arsdale is also the highest scoring player (14,232 career points) in NBA history without a playoff appearance.[citation needed]

He is the identical twin brother of Dick Van Arsdale, the two brothers played together during the 1976-77 season (the final year of play for both). Both Tom and Dick's original locker remain in the display case in the lobby of Emmerich Manual High School's gymnasium.

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