Dick Van Arsdale

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Dick Van Arsdale
Dick Van Arsdale.jpg
Van Arsdale in 1961
Personal information
Born (1943-02-22) February 22, 1943 (age 79)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolEmmerich Manual
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
CollegeIndiana (1962–1965)
NBA draft1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1965–1977
PositionShooting guard
Career history
As player:
19651968New York Knicks
19681977Phoenix Suns
As coach:
1987Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points15,079 (16.4 ppg)
Rebounds3,807 (4.1 rpg)
Assists3,057 (3.3 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Richard Albert Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, and a current National Basketball Association (NBA) executive.

A graduate of Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis, Van Arsdale played collegiately at Indiana University under longtime head coach Branch McCracken. He was selected by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1965 NBA draft, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1966, together with his identical twin brother Tom.

Van Arsdale played in the NBA for twelve seasons; three with the Knicks and the remainder with the Phoenix Suns (their first selection in the 1968 expansion draft).[1] Van Arsdale, a three-time All-Star, was consistently one of the best free throw shooters in professional basketball. He retired from the NBA in 1977 and is remembered in Phoenix basketball lore as the "original Sun".[2]

Van Arsdale later became the Suns' general manager; he is currently the team's senior vice president of player personnel.[2] Following the firing of John MacLeod in February 1987, he was the interim head coach for that season's final 26 games.[1]

He is the identical twin brother of Tom Van Arsdale.[3] The twins played together through college and again in Phoenix during the 1976–77 season,[4] the final for both.


  1. ^ a b "Van Arsdale chosen Phoenix head coach". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). combined reports. February 27, 1987. p. 21.
  2. ^ a b "Dick Van Arsdale". nba.com. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Petersen, Matt (May 29, 2014). "Suns Throwback: Dick and Tom Van Arsdale". nba.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Van Arsdales 'one' again; Both delighted in Phoenix". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 14, 1976. p. 20.

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