Dick Van Arsdale
Richard Albert "Dick" Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, and a current National Basketball Association (NBA) executive. A graduate of Indianapolis Emmerich Manual High School, the 6'5" guard played collegiately at Indiana University, Van Arsdale was selected by the New York Knickerbockers in the second round of the 1965 NBA Draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1966, together with his identical twin brother Tom Van Arsdale. Van Arsdale played in the NBA for 12 seasons; three with the Knickerbockers and the remainder with the Phoenix Suns (after he was selected in the 1968 expansion draft). Van Arsdale, a three-time All-Star, was consistently over his career one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA. He retired from play in 1977. Van Arsdale is remembered in Phoenix basketball lore as the "original Sun".
Van Arsdale later became the team's general manager; he is currently the team's senior vice president of player personnel. In 1987, following the departure of John MacLeod, he briefly served as the team's head coach.
He is the identical twin brother of Tom Van Arsdale.
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