The Hoosiers basketball program of Indiana University is one of the most prominent teams in NCAA competition. Winners of five-time NCAA Championships, the Hoosiers are virtually synonymous with college basketball. A total of 50 Indiana Hoosiers have reached the NBA with rising star Eric Gordon leading the current crop. And after the outstanding 11-12’ season, hopefully this trend will continue with junior Christian Watford and freshman Cody Zeller. The all-time best NBA players from Indiana University are led by two Hall of Famers, an ABA/NBA star, and a pair of All-Star brothers.
Hall of Fame center Walt Bellamy was one of the greatest NBA players from Indiana University. From 1958 to 1961, Bellamy averaged more than 20 points and 15 rebounds per game for the Hoosiers to become the number one overall pick in the 1961 NBA Draft. Bellamy posted double-double averages in 11 of his 13 full seasons, scoring a total of 20,941 points and grabbing 14,241 rebounds with the latter ranking ninth in NBA history.
Thomas was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1981 Final Four and the second pick in the draft of the same year. He spent his entire 13-year career as the starting point guard for the Detroit Pistons, leading the franchise to its first two NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990. A 12-time All-Star, Thomas was one of the greatest play-makers basketballs.
George McGinnis was an All-Star big man in both the ABA and the NBA and one of the greatest players from Indiana University. He made three All-Star teams in each league, scoring a combined 17,009 points with 9,233 boards in his 11 professional campaigns.
Dick Van Arsdale:
A three-time All-Star for the Phoenix Suns, guard Dick Van Arsdale was one of the best NBA players from Indiana University. Van Arsdale began his NBA career in New York, spending three years there before joining the Suns and developing into a star. For his career as a whole, Dick Van Arsdale tallied 15,079 points with strikingly similar production to his brother Tom.
Tom Van Arsdale:
A three-time All-Star for the Cincinnati Royals and identical twin brother of Dick Van Arsdale, Tom Van Arsdale was one of the top NBA players from Indiana. Tom Van Arsdale scored 14,232 points for a career average of 15.3 per game.