The Johnson County Museum of History in Franklin, Indiana is honoring the careers of Indiana basketball legends, Tom and Dick VanArsdale in a featured exhibit entitled, “Hometown Heroes: Tom and Dick Van Arsdale.”
These 3-time NBA All-Stars, both Greenwood natives, enjoyed long, professional careers that spanned roughly 12 years. They played basketball at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis before going on to play collegiately for Indiana University in Bloomington. But they didn’t always play on the same teams. In fact, their time playing together at the professional level was limited to just one team, the Phoenix Suns.
Tom Van Arsdale was the Detroit Pistons’ 2nd round pick in the 1965 NBA Draft, while Dick Van Arsdale was chosen by the New York Knicks (them known as the New York Knickerbockers), also in the 2nd round. Both were named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Team in 1966; and both were rated among the best free throw shooters in the NBA throughout their careers.
Dick played for 3 years with the Knickerbockers and the remainder of his career with the Phoenix Suns. He retired in 1977, and is now known in Phoenix as the “original Sun”. After retirement, he went on to become General Manager for the Phoenix Suns, and later, the team’s senior vice president of player personnel.
Tom spent 12 seasons in the NBA, including time with the Pistons, Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and the Phoenix Suns. As of 2012, he still held the NBA record for most career games played without a playoff appearance. He also scored 14,232 career points, the most in NBA history, without making a playoff appearance.
- Hometown Heroes: Tom and Dick Van Arsdale Exhibit in Franklin
- Johnson County Museum of History, 135 North Main Street, Franklin, Johnson County
- Free exhibit during the museum’s regular hours: Tue-Fri 9-4, Sat 10-3.
- Tel. 317-346-4500