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Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Gold 1976 Montreal National team

Thomas (Tom) Joseph LaGarde (born February 10, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American basketball player who played in the NBA from 1977 to 1985. After playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina, LaGarde was selected 9th overall in the first round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.

At 6'10" and 220 lb, LaGarde played forward and center in the NBA. After spending his rookie season with the Nuggets, LaGarde spent the following two seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics.

In 1980, he was selected by the expansion Dallas Mavericks that offseason in the expansion draft. LaGarde was the only team member who played all 82 games for the Mavericks in their inaugural 1980-81 season,[1] finishing second on the team in points to Jim Spanarkel and leading the team in rebounds and block shots.

LaGarde saw his playing time diminish the following season, averaging just 19 minutes per game in 47 games for the Mavericks. LaGarde appeared in only one game that season before suffering a season-ending calf injury.

In 2008 he created a video parody of McCain-Palin called the Original Mavericks for Truth.


  1. ^ Ex-Mavs center Ralph Drollinger is now living by the book,, posted August 8, 2005

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