Paul Arizin

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Basketball player
Paul Arizin
Paul Arizin
Player information
Full name Paul Joseph Arizin
birthday April 9, 1928
place of birth Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , USA
date of death December 12, 2006
Place of death Springfield , Pennsylvania, USA
size 193 cm (6 ft 4 in )
position Small forward
college Villanova
NBA draft 1950 , Territorial pick , Philadelphia Warriors
Clubs as active
1950–1962 Philadelphia Warriors 1962–1965 Camden Bullets ( EPBL ) United StatesUnited States
United StatesUnited States

Paul Joseph Arizin (born April 9, 1928 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , † December 12, 2006 in Springfield , Pennsylvania) was an American basketball player .


Arizin was 1.93 m tall and played in the position of small forward . Between 1950 and 1962 he played in the NBA for the Philadelphia Warriors team . Arizin was elected to the All-NBA First Team in 1952, 1956 and 1957 . In addition, Arizin was nominated ten times for an NBA All-Star Game . In 1952 he was voted Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game. In 1956 he won the championship with the Warriors.

He had suspended the 1952/53 and 1953/54 seasons and joined the US Marines. Contrary to what is often claimed, he did not fight in the Korean War, but remained stationed on the base in Quantico, Virginia.

He was the first winger to top the NBA in the points stats. He was twice the "top scorer" in the league. The first time, in the 1952 season, he averaged 25.4 points. The second time, in the 1957 season, he scored an average of 25.6 points. Paul Arizin contributed significantly to the further development of the game. He was one of the first players who could effectively score points with the jump shot . This current standard throwing technique was largely unknown at the time, instead the players scored with a two-handed standing throw . Arizin discovered the jump shot by chance: After being kicked out of the high school team for lack of talent, he played in several hobby leagues. These often ran up in dance halls, the floors of which were correspondingly smooth. In order not to slip away, Arizin threw in a jump - and extremely flat because the hall ceilings were usually low.

After his NBA career, Arizin played for the Camden Bullets in the EPBL , with whom he won the title in 1964.

In 1978, Paul Arizin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .


  • Tobias Jochheim: Throwing in the air. Basketball magazine FIVE, issue 74, December 2010.

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  1. NN: Arizins profile in the "Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame" . (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on August 14, 2015 ; accessed on November 8, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /