The NBA is celebrating players from the NBA 75 list almost daily from now until the end of the season. Today's honoree is Philadelphia Warriors star Paul Arizin, nicknamed "Pitchin' Paul" for his unique jump shot. This story about Arizin, after scoring his 10,000th point in the NBA, originally appeared in the Feb. 18, 1959, issue of The Sporting News.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. steph curry vintage shirt — For Paul Arizin, December 29, 1958, started out like any other working day for one of the four-score athletes who make a livelihood by playing in the National Basketball Association
But since Arizin, the high-scoring forward of the Philadelphia Warriors, is one of the premier basketball players in the world, events of the day were far from commonplace. In fact, they were of such significance as to give added stature to his position.
Initially, Arizin was notified of his selection to play in the NBA's annual East-West All-Star game at Detroit Russell Westbrook , January 23. Pitchin' Paul has been named to the East squad in each of his seven seasons of professional ball. But it was later in the day when Arizin gave credence to the belief of his legions of fans that he belongs in any niche reserved for the all-time greats of Dr. Naismith's game.
Early in a contest against the Minneapolis Lakers in Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, the Warriors' most prolific shooter scored the 10,000th point of his illustrious career.
Fifth 10-Grand Member
Only fo stephen curry jersey autographed ur other men reached this plateau before Arizin. George Mikan, Minneapolis’ "Mr. Basketball," was the first. Then came Dolph Schayes, Syracuse; Ed Macauley, Boston and St. Louis, and then Bob Cousy, Boston.
A mighty exclusive club packed with the power, poise and proficiency that is found only in the great ones.
And Arizin's credentials for membership are as valid, if not more so, as the claims of any of his predecessors.
The former Villanova University All-American reached 10,000 in less playing time than any of the others — the thirtieth game of his seventh season. Mikan hit the total in the final games of his seventh year, while Macauley and Cousy took eight seasons. And Schayes, whose 12,465 points tallied before this season opened are the largest total ever, had to wait until his ninth season.
On top of that, Arizin's per-game average for the 444 games it took him to hit the magic figure was 22.56, just a shade below Mikan’s league record of 22.62 for players who have scored a minimum of 8,000 points.
And the more rabid followers of Philadelphia’s No. 1 basketball pinup boy will go you one better. They are quick to mention that had it not been for a two-year hitch in the Marine Corps, Pitchin’ Paul would be ahead of Schayes in the career scoring column.
Drawing an average of 23.8 points per game from the 138 he played during the 1951-52 season — the one before he entered the service — and in ’54-55, the season he returned, Paul’s followers figure he would have been good for 3,380 points in those two years. Adding this hypothetical 3,380 to his actual 9,271 presents a figure of 12,651.
But whether he is the top all-time scorer or the second or the fifth, Arizin is on that level achieved by only a select few that are truly great.
On the court, the 6-4, 210-pounder is a fiery competitor seeking one thing: victory. Off the hardwood, the "Leaper" is a quiet, scholarly looking individual who seldom ventures an opinion unless asked, and also spends most of the travel time between games reading pocketbook novels, solving crossword puzzles or trying to catch an extra 40 winks.
Arizin's stock in trade throughout his seven years of NBA combat has been, and still is, his jump shot. Most fans are of the belief that Paul took up this most familiar of all shots in today's game after viewing the success of Jumpin' Joe Fulks, the Warriors' initial scoring master who still owns the professional league's one-game high total of 63 points. But Arizin vetoes that.
Slick Floor, So He Jumped
"When I began playing basketball in 1946," Arizin recalled, “our team, St. Monica's in the independent Catholic League, played on a narrow floor which was also used for dances.
“They would wax the floor and it was awfully slippery, and when I would try to shoot a hook sh NBA iPhone Accessoriesot off the pivot or drive, I would slide. So one day, I began jumping and shooting. I didn't slip and I was having success with the shots. So you see it was more a matter of expediency than anything else."
It was in 1946 that Arizin graduated from LaSalle High School, which is on the same campus as LaSalle College.
Then how come LaSalle College did not latch onto this court great-to-be? Well, Arizin never played high school basketball. stephen curry jersey near me He didn't get serious about the game until his senior year, and then the only playing he did was with independent teams, where so many players have been discovered in this city.
“I guess I was playing with four or five teams,” Paul said. “It seemed like I had a different uniform on every night in the week. I was chosen most valuable player in one city tournament towards the end of the season, but still, I never gave the game too much thought.”
In the fall of 1946, Arizin enrolled at Villanova as a chemistry major and he was paying the freight. But that quickly changed.
Paul continued his playing with “sandlot” teams. His scoring feats became a byword around the city. A team that held him below 30 points had a chance to win — but that wasn't often.
Eddie Gottlieb, who was later to become his employer, heard of Arizin through a friend, Hank Grosser, who was the coordinator of several of the independent leagues.
Tabbed “Another Fulks”
“Hank (Grosser) called me one day,” Gottlieb related, “and said, ‘Eddie, there's another Joe Fulks playing down in South Philly.’
“Naturally, I was interested. I was still running the Sphas, a team which I had in the old American League before the inception of the NBA, and they needed players.
“But before I ever got to talk to Paul, Al Severance, the Villanova coach, got wind of this student at his school who was better than any player he had on his squad. Al asked me not to sign Paul to any kind of contract … so I laid off. I figured if he stayed at Villanova and turned out to be any good — and how he did! — I would get him, anyway. And I did."
But Villanova almost let Arizin stephen curry 3 point count get away.
“Several other schools, Temple was one of them,” Arizin said, “offered me scholarships before Villanova, Draymond Green and I was ready to transfer. I figured my parents could save all of the money they were paying to educate me.
“But I decided to stay at Villanova. I did change my course, however, despite the pleas of some of the Augustinian fathers, who were very pleased with my progress in chemistry.
“I thought it would be too difficult, though, to carry the chem course with all its labs and late classes, while playing basketball, too, so I switched to the accounting school.
“Because of this. I didn't graduate with my original class. I got my diploma in February of 1952 — my second year with the Warriors. I had to complete my hours during days off and summers."
College Point Leader
Arizin's feats as a collegian were no different from those he accomplished in the independent games.
In his senior year, he earned All-American honors on the same team with Bob Cousy, Boston's brilliant back-court magician, who was attending Holy Cross then. Arizin scored 705 points that season to lead the major college scorers.
Gottlieb grabbed him in the first round of the NBA draft.
“I never gave any other player a thought as my first pick,” said Gottlieb. “Some people were telling me to pick Larry Foust, who graduated from La Salle the same season. They said Paul wasn't strong enough and that his poor breathing condition would hamper him during the long pro season, while Foust was 6-10 and very strong. I would have loved to have both of them, but I'm satisfied wi NBA Jerseys th Paul.”
Arizin proved wrong those who pointed to his shortness of breath — at first believed to be asthma — as a h warriors jersey kids andicap.
“It's some sort of congestion in my sinus,” the Philadelphia star explained. “When I run and don't get the proper amount of oxygen is the only time it bothers me.”
Paul did not waste any time establishing himself as a big leaguer. In his rookie season he scored 1,121 points to finish sixth Ricky Rubio in the NBA and in his second season Arizin put an end to the three-year reign of Mikan as scoring champion by compiling 1,674 points to the Laker star's 1,523.
Repeated in '56-57
This was the first of his two titles. In 1956-57, the Warrior finished on top with 1,817 points.
The 30-year-old athlete, who is married to the former Maureen McAdam and is the father of three children, now is enjoying his finest season in many ways.
It is very unlikely that he will win the scoring title, since St. Louis' talented Bob Pettit is setting a scorching pace, but Paul probably will finish as runner-up with an average of 25 points or so a game.
This has been an extra tough season, too, for Arizin. Since Neil Johnston, the Warriors' high-scoring pivotman, has been sidelined with a badly damaged left knee, the opponents have been able to concentrate their defense mainly on Paul
But he is surviving nicely. In fact, his 42 points last November 9 against Cincinnati marked his all-time pro high. He was held under 20 points only nine times in the first 50 games, and hit 30 or more 11 times.
So to ham and eggs, bread and butter, and Yankees and pennants, they can now add Arizin and points. They sure go together.