Tom Boerwinkle

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Tom Boerwinkle
Tom Boerwinkle 1969.JPG
Boerwinkle in 1969
Personal information
Born (1945-08-23)August 23, 1945
Cleveland, Ohio
Died March 26, 2013(2013-03-26) (aged 67)
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Millersburg Military Institute
(Millersburg, Kentucky)
College Tennessee (1965–1968)
NBA draft 1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1968–1978
Position Center
Number 18
Career history
19681978 Chicago Bulls
Career statistics
Points 4,596 (7.2 ppg)
Rebounds 5,745 (9.0 rpg)
Assists 2,007 (3.2 apg)
Stats at

Thomas F. Boerwinkle (August 23, 1945 – March 26, 2013) was an American National Basketball Association center who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bulls.

Boerwinkle played for the University of Tennessee and helped the team win the 1967 Southeastern Conference championship. The next year he was named a Helms Foundation first-team all-American.[1]

Boerwinkle was drafted as the 4th pick of the 1968 NBA Draft and played with the Bulls until 1978. Although largely unappreciated during his playing days, Boerwinkle was a very efficient player, using his brawny seven-foot frame to grab rebounds and set picks while teammates like Jerry Sloan, Chet Walker and Bob Love did most of the scoring. In addition, he contributed with his passing skills, averaging 3.2 assists per game during his career. On January 8, 1970, Boerwinkle set a Bulls record by grabbing 37 rebounds against the Phoenix Suns. He retired with career totals of 4,596 points, 5,745 rebounds, and 2,007 assists. Boerwinkle also had five triple doubles in his career.[2]

Boerwinkle later served as a radio color analyst for the Bulls.[3] He died on March 26, 2013, after struggling with myelodysplastic syndromes.[4]


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