Paul Arizin - Basketball Legend

Paul Arizin - Springfield

"Pitchin' Paul" Arizin spent his entire NBA career with the Philadelphia Warriors (1950-1962). He retired with the third highest career point total in NBA history (16,266 pts.). He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

Arizin made the Villanova  varsity team in his Sophomore year in 1947 and played on the team for three years. In 1950 he was named the Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year after leading the nation with 25.3 points per game.

He was selected by the Warriors with their first pick in 1950, and became one of the greatest NBA players of the '50s despite sitting out two seasons due to military service during the Korean War.

Arizin was inducted into the Naismth Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. He died in his sleep in 2006 at the age of 78 in the home he had lived in for 52 years.