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Paul Arizin

Basketball

Local, La Salle High, Villanova University, Philadelphia Warriors

Nicknamed Pitchin’ Paul famous for his line drive jump shots

Teamed with center Neil Johnston to from a formidable one two punch for the Warriors

Although he attended LaSalle High, he never made their high school basketball team

Played F for Villanova University (1947-50)

Career stats at Villanova: 20.1 PPG, 589 FG, 470 FT

Led Villanova in scoring in each of his three seasons

Led the nation in scoring during his senior year with 735 points, setting a Villanova record (1949-50)

Holds Villanova single game record for points in a game with 84 vs. Naval Air Material Center (2/12/49)

Holds Villanova single game record for Field Goals in a game with 35 vs. Naval Air Material Center (2/12/49)

Became Villanova’s first 1000 point scorer

Finished his collegiate career with 1648 points, setting a Villanova record

Current Rank on the Wildcats Career leaders

  • 10th in PTS [1648]

Consensus (AP, UPI, Helms Foundation) 1st Team All-American (1949-50)

Named The Sporting News Collegiate Player of the Year (1949-50)

Selected as a territorial selection by the Philadelphia Warriors in the NBA Draft (1950)

Played 10 seasons as a G-F with the Warriors (1950-62)

Retired with the third highest career point total in NBA history

Became the fastest player to 10,000 career points (1957-58)

Career NBA stats: 22.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, .421 FG%, .810 FT%

10 time NBA All-Star selection (1951-52, 1955-62)

Named All-Star Game MVP (1952)

9 times finished in the NBA Top 10 in Points

2 times led the NBA in Points (1951-52, 1956-57)

9 times finished in the NBA Top 10 in Points Per Game

2 times led the NBA in Points Per Game (1951-52, 1956-57)

8 times finished in the NBA Top 10 in Field Goals

3 times led the NBA Field Goals (1951-52, 1954-55, 1956-57)

5 times finished in the NBA Top 10 in Field Goal %

1 time led the NBA in Field Goal % (1951-52)

10 times finished in the NBA Top 10 in Free Throws

1 time led the NBA in Free Throws (1951-52)

6 times finished in the NBA Top 10 in Free Throw %

2 times finished in the NBA Top 10 in Rebounds

2 times finished in the NBA Top 10 in Rebounds Per Game

5 times led the Warriors in Points (1951-52, 1955-59)

5 times led the Warriors in Points Per Game (1951-52, 1955-59)

6 times led the Warriors in Field Goals (1951-52, 1954-59)

5 times led the Warriors in Free Throws (1950-52, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1960-61)

3 times led the Warriors in Free Throw % (1956-57, 1958-59, 1960-61)

2 times led the Warriors in Rebounds (1950-51, 1951-52)

2 times led the Warriors in Rebounds Per Game (1950-51, 1951-52)

Current Rank on the Warriors Career leaders

  • 3rd in PTS [16,266]
  • 4th in PPG [23.0]
  • 4th in FG [5628]
  • 1st in FT [5010]
  • 5th in REB [6129]
  • 3rd in Playoff PTS [1186]
  • 5th in Playoff PPG [24.2]
  • 4th in Playoff FG [411]
  • 2nd in Playoff FT [364]
  • 6th in Playoff FT% [.829]
  • 9th in Playoff Assists [128]
  • 5th in Playoff REB [404]

Retired with the third highest career point total in NBA history

Current rank on the NBA Carrer Leaders:

  • 22nd in PPG [22.8]
  • 27th in FT [5010]

3 time 1st Team All-NBA selection (1951-52, 1955-56, 1956-57)

1 time 2nd Team All-NBA selection (1958-59)

Chose to retire rather than move with the Warriors to San Francisco

Finished his career playing three seasons for the Camden Bullets of the Eastern Professional Basketball League

Led the Bullets to the EPBL Championship (1964)

Member of the NBA Champion Philadelphia Warriors (1956)

Named to the NBA 25th Anniversary All-Time Team (1971)

Named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)

Had his #11 retired by Villanova University (1994)

Inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame (2000)

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1978)

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