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Terry Dischinger
Born November 21, 1940 (1940-11-21) (age 69)
Indiana Terre Haute, Indiana
Nationality United States American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
League NBA
High school Garfield High School (Terre Haute, Indiana)
College Purdue University
Draft NBA Draft, 8th overall, 1962
Pro career 1962–1973
Former teams Chicago Zephyrs, Baltimore Bullets, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers
Awards college

1960: Second Team All-American

1961: First Team All-American

1962: First team All-American


1963: NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star Team

1964: NBA All-Star Team

1965: NBA All-Star Team

Profile Info Page

Terry Gilbert Dischinger (born November 14, 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. He currently practices orthodontics.


High School Career


Garfield (IN)


The son of a football coach and a great all-around athlete, Dischinger earned All-State honors in football, track and basketball while attending Garfield High School, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was a member of Terre Haute's 1955 Babe Ruth League "world championship" baseball team.

College career



Terry, the "Disch", attended Purdue University to play basketball under head coach, Ray Eddy. In his first varsity season as a sophomore, the 6'7", 190 lb guard/forward was named a Second Team All-American, where he led the Boilermakers, averaging 26.3 points and 14.3 rebounds a game. On January 9, 1960, Terry pulled down 26 rebounds against Wisconsin, the second most in a game behind Carl McNulty's school record of 27 in 1951.


During his Junior season, Terry was named a First Team All-American and led the conference in scoring with 28.2 points and 13.4 rebounds a game. He made a single-game school record 21 free throws against Iowa on February 27, 1961.


On Christmas Day in 1961, Terry scored a career high 52 points against Michigan State, which included 19 field goals and 14 free throws. It broke Jerry Lucas' prior Big Ten Conference record of 48. In his last college game against Michigan on March 12, Terry, who was playing with a sprained ankle, scored 30 points. His 459 total points in his senior year barely surpassed Indiana's Jimmy Rayl's 454 to lead the conference in scoring for a third consecutive season. He was named a second straight First Team All-American while leading the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 30.3 points, and in rebounds, with 13.4 rebounds a game. He attempted a single-season school record 350 free throws in his senior season.

College notes

Terry Dischinger held almost every Purdue scoring record after his college career at Purdue, but have since been broken by the likes of Dave Schellhase and Rick Mount within that next decade. He currently holds school records for nine 40+ point games, 713 made free throws with 871 attempeted, 14.3 rebounds a game and the second most in a career with 958 behind Joe Barry Carroll's 1,148 mark. Terry averaged 28.3 points a game in his three varsity seasons, in which he led the conference. He's currently the fifth highest scorer in Boilermaker history with a total of 1,979 points. Along with Howard Williams and Willie Merriweather, Terry was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.

1960 Olympics

Team USA

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Gold 1960 Rome Team Competition

Terry Dischinger was a member of the USA mens basketball team the won the gold medal in the 1960 Olympics Rome Games under head coach, Pete Newell. As a starting guard/forward, he was teamed with the likes of Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and Jerry Lucas.

Professional career

Zephyrs, Bullets


Deciding to commence his basketball career instead of pursuing a baseball career, Dischinger was the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft in 1962 by the Chicago Zephyrs in the same class with the likes of John Havlicek. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 1962-1963 season after averaging 25.5 points and eight rebounds per game. After his rookie season, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland with the team's franchise, who became the Baltimore Bullets. He averaged 20.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a game in the 1963-64 season.

Pistons, Blazers


In his third season in the NBA, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons and averaged 18.2 points a game during the 1964-65 season. He was chosen as an NBA All-Star for the third consecutive season. After three highly successful seasons, Terry spent the next two seasons serving in the military. After returning to the NBA in 1967, he returned to the Detroit Pistons, where he played for the next five seasons. During the 1971-72 season, he coached in two games as a player-coach at the age of 31. Terry played for the Portland Trail Blazers during the 1972-73 seasons before retiring after nine seasons playing in the NBA. He holds career averages of 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds a game, and a .506 field goal percentage.

Dentistry career

Since retiring from basketball in 1973, Dischinger currently practices orthodontics with his son, Bill Dischinger, in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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Preceded by
Walt Bellamy
NBA Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Jerry Lucas
Preceded by
Butch Van Breda Kolff
Detroit Pistons head coach
Succeeded by
Earl Lloyd


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