LaGarde, circa 1976
|Born||February 10, 1955|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Detroit Catholic Central|
|College||North Carolina (1973–1977)|
|NBA draft||1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|Number||45, 23, 25, 34|
|1984||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,376 (7.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,593 (5.1 rpg)|
|Assists||456 (1.5 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Thomas Joseph LaGarde (born February 10, 1955) is a retired American basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1977 to 1985. After playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina, LaGarde was selected 9th overall in the first round of the 1977 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets.
In 1980, he was selected by the expansion Dallas Mavericks that offseason in the expansion draft. LaGarde was the only team member who played all 82 games for the Mavericks in their inaugural 1980-81 season, finishing second on the team in points to Jim Spanarkel and leading the team in rebounds and block shots.
LaGarde saw his playing time diminish the following season, averaging just 19 minutes per game in 47 games for the Mavericks. LaGarde appeared in only one game that season before suffering a season-ending calf injury.
- Ex-Mavs center Ralph Drollinger is now living by the book, dallasnews.com, posted August 8, 2005