Don Otten

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Don Otten
Personal information
Born (1921-04-18)April 18, 1921
Bellefontaine, Ohio
Died September 18, 1985(1985-09-18) (aged 64)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Bellefontaine (Bellefontaine, Ohio)
College Bowling Green (1942–1946)
Playing career 1946–1953
Position Center
Number 15, 13, 17, 14
Career history
1946–1950 Tri-Cities Blackhawks
1950 Washington Capitols
1950 Baltimore Bullets
19501951 Fort Wayne Pistons
19511953 Milwaukee Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,294 (10.5 ppg)
Rebounds 928 (6.0 rpg)
Assists 297 (1.4 apg)
Stats at

Donald F. Otten (April 18, 1921–September 18, 1985) was an American professional basketball player.

A 6'10" center from Bellefontaine High School (Ohio) and Bowling Green State University, Otten began his professional career in 1946 with the Tri-Cities Blackhawks of the National Basketball League. During the 1948–49 NBL season, Otten averaged 14.0 points per game and earned league MVP honors.[1] The Blackhawks joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949, and Otten continued playing until 1953, competing for Tri-Cities as well as the Washington Capitols, Baltimore Bullets, Fort Wayne Pistons, and Milwaukee Hawks. He averaged 10.5 points per game in his NBA career.[2] Don's brother Mac Otten also played in the NBA. In 1949, Don and Mac became the first ever pair of brothers to end up playing for the same team in the NBA.

Otten holds the NBA record for most personal fouls in a game, with eight. He set the record in a November 24, 1949 game between Tri-Cities and the Sheboygan Red Skins. NBA Rule 3, Section I permits a player to remain in the game after fouling out if no other players are available on the bench.[3]


  1. ^ "Steve Dmitry's NBL Website". Archived from the original on August 18, 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-25. . Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  2. ^ NBA statistics. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Regular Season Records: Personal Fouls". Retrieved 2007-09-14.