Tom Van Arsdale

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Tom Van Arsdale
Tom Van Arsdale and Pete Maravich.jpeg
Van Arsdale (left) guarding Pete Maravich
Personal information
Born (1943-02-22) February 22, 1943 (age 74)
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, Indiana)
College Indiana (1962–1965)
NBA draft 1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 1965–1977
Position Guard / Small forward
Number 5, 17, 4
Career history
19651968 Detroit Pistons
19681973 Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha Kings
19731974 Philadelphia 76ers
19741976 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

Thomas Arthur Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943) 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.[1] Van Arsdale is also the highest scoring player (14,232 career points) in NBA history without a playoff appearance.

Born in Indianapolis, he is the identical twin of Dick Van Arsdale. The two brothers played together during the 1976–77 season, which was the final year of play for both. The original lockers of both Tom and Dick remain in the display case in the lobby of the Emmerich Manual High School gymnasium.


External links[edit]

Book, "Cincinnati's Basketball Royalty" by Gerry Schultz