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Paul Arizin

1X
NBA Champion
10X
NBA All-Star
4X
All-NBA
1X
NBA Rookie of the Year
2X
NBA Scoring Champion

Things to Know


The pioneer of the jump shot.

An NBA pioneer, Paul Arizin cemented himself as one of the best scorers of the league’s formative years. He holds career averages of 22.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game across 10 NBA seasons.

Career
After a successful collegiate career at Villanova, Arizin was selected by the Warriors with their first pick in the 1950 Draft. Arizin got off to a hot start, averaging 17.2 ppg and was named Rookie of the Year. Besides his rookie campaign, Arizin never averaged less than 20 ppg in any NBA season.

Arizin quickly established himself as one of the best players in the NBA. He led the league in scoring and field goal percentage during the 1951-52 season. But Arizin's on-court success was halted when he sat out the 1952-53 and 1953-54 seasons to serve in the Marines during the Korean War.

When Arizin returned to the NBA for the 1954-55 season, he picked up right where he left off. He averaged 21 ppg and 9.4 rpg in his first season back. Arizin bumped up his scoring average to 24.2 points per game the following season. That same season, Arizin led the Warriors past the Fort Wayne Pistons in five games in the 1956 Finals.

After several more highly-productive seasons, Arizin opted to retire from the NBA in 1962 rather than relocate with the Warriors to San Francisco. His 21.9 ppg average during his final season was a league record until Bob Pettit broke it with 22.5 ppg during his final season in 1964-65.

Arizin was a 10-time All-Star, 4-time All-NBA selection and 2-time scoring champion (1952, ‘57). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978 and selected to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list in 1996.

 

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Paul Arizin

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Paul Arizin

The few, the proud, Paul Arizin

The few, the proud, Paul Arizin

Stats


22.8
PPG
8.6
RPG
2.3
APG

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1961-62PHW347835.721.97.819.141.0---6.27.780.5--6.82.6---3.9
1960-61PHW337937.223.28.219.442.5---6.78.183.3--8.62.4---4.2
1959-60PHW327236.422.38.219.442.4---5.87.379.8--8.62.3---3.7
1958-59PHW317040.026.49.020.943.1---8.410.381.3--9.11.7---3.8
1957-58PHW306835.020.77.118.139.3---6.58.080.9--7.42.0---3.5
1956-57PHW297139.025.68.620.442.2---8.310.082.9--7.92.1---3.9
1955-56PHW287237.824.28.619.144.8---7.08.781.0--7.52.6---3.9
1954-55PHW277241.021.07.318.439.9---6.38.177.6--9.42.9---3.8
1951-52PHW246644.525.48.318.544.8---8.810.781.8--11.32.6---3.8
1950-51PHW2365-17.25.413.340.7---6.48.179.3--9.82.1---4.4
Overall71338.422.87.918.742.1---7.08.781.0--8.62.3---3.9
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.