In the early days of the NBA a handful of pioneering players laid the groundwork for what would become "modern" basketball. What Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Cy Young were to baseball, these early hoopsters were to the game of basketball. One such player was Paul Arizin.
Playing in an era of old-fashioned two-handed set shots and slow-up offenses, Arizin burst into the league in 1950 with a repertoire that included a daring new weapon: the jump shot. By the time Arizin was leading the league in scoring as a second-year player with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1952, only a few other players had mastered the shot. more... NBAE/Getty Images(left)
Full Name: Paul Joseph Arizin Born: 4/9/28 in Philadelphia High School: La Salle (Philadelphia) College: Villanova Drafted by: Philadelphia Warriors, 1950 Transactions: Played in EBL with Camden Bullets, 1962-63 through 1964-65
Nickname: Pitchin' Paul Height: 6-4; Weight: 200 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1978); NBA champion (1956); All-NBA First Team (1952, '56, '57); All-NBA Second Team (1959); 10-time NBA All-Star; All-Star MVP (1952); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).