Tom LaGarde

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Tom LaGarde
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LaGarde, circa 1976
Personal information
Born (1955-02-10) February 10, 1955 (age 64)
Detroit, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolDetroit Catholic Central
(Novi, Michigan)
CollegeNorth Carolina (1973–1977)
NBA draft1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career1977–1984
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number45, 23, 25, 34
Career history
1977–1978Denver Nuggets
19781980Seattle SuperSonics
19801982Dallas Mavericks
1982–1984Ginnastica Goriziana
1984New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,376 (7.6 ppg)
Rebounds1,593 (5.1 rpg)
Assists456 (1.5 apg)
Stats at

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.

At 6'10" and 220 lb, LaGarde played forward and center in the NBA. After spending his rookie season with the Nuggets, LaGarde spent the following two seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics.

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,[1] 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.

In 2008, he created a video parody of McCain-Palin called the Original Mavericks for Truth.

Tom and his wife, Heather, live in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, with their two children. Together, they redeveloped an old mill, which is now a 700-person music venue, called the Haw River Ballroom.


  1. ^ Ex-Mavs center Ralph Drollinger is now living by the book,, posted August 8, 2005

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