Dick Van Arsdale is a former professional basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. A three-time NBA All-Star, he played in the NBA from 1965 to 1977 with the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns. In 1987, he also coached for the Suns for a short time.

Player Profile and High School and College Career

Richard Albert Van Arsdale was born on February 22, 1943, in Indianapolis, Indiana in the United States of America. He stands 196 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 95 kg. He has an identical twin, Tom Van Arsdale, who also played in the NBA.

He attended Emmerich Manual High School in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1961, he was named to the Third-team Parade All-American. For college, he attended Indiana University Bloomington from 1962 to 1965.

Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.96 m / 95 kg
Born 22 Feb 1943
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 1968 - 1977
New York Knicks New York Knicks 1965 - 1968

Professional Career

Van Arsdale joined the NBA during the 1965 NBA Draft. He was the 10th overall pick in the second round, chosen by the New York Knicks. In his first year with the team, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

In 1968, he moved to play for the Phoenix Suns. In 1961, he was named an NBA All-Star for the first time. He would be named an All-Star again in 1970 and 1971. In 1974, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. He retired in 1977.

In 1987, he served as an interim head coach for the Suns after they fired John McLeod. He also serves as the Suns’ senior vice president of player personnel.

Career Highlights

  • 1969–1971 - NBA All-Star
  • 1974 - NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • 1966 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • No. 5 retired by Phoenix Suns
  • 1965 - Third-team All-American – UPI
  • 1961 - Third-team ParadeAll-American

Team History:

As a Coach:

  • 1987 - Phoenix Suns

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