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Richard Albert Van Arsdale
Small forward
Born February 22, 1943 (1943-02-22) (age 66)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
College Indiana
Draft 2nd round, 1965
New York Knicks
Pro career 1965–1977
Former teams New York Knicks, 1965-1968
Phoenix Suns, 1968-1977

Richard Albert (Dick) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach, and a current 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 2nd round of the 1965 NBA Draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1966, together with his 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 would later become the team's general manager; he is currently the team's senior vice president of player personnel. In 1987, he briefly served as the team's head coach, following the departure of John MacLeod.

He is the identical twin brother of Tom Van Arsdale.

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Preceded by
John MacLeod
Phoenix Suns Head Coach
1987
Succeeded by
John Wetzel







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