Terry Dischinger

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Terry Dischinger
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Personal information
Born (1940-11-21) November 21, 1940 (age 77)
Terre Haute, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Garfield (Terre Haute, Indiana)
College Purdue (1959–1962)
NBA draft 1962 / Round: 2 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Chicago Zephyrs
Playing career 1962–1973
Position Small forward / Guard
Number 43, 18, 42
Career history
As player:
19621964 Chicago Zephyrs / Baltimore Bullets
19641972 Detroit Pistons
1972–1973 Portland Trail Blazers
As coach:
1971 Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,012 (13.8 ppg)
Rebounds 3,646 (5.6 rpg)
Assists 1,151 (1.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Terry Gilbert Dischinger (born November 21, 1940) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently practices orthodontics.

High school career[edit]

Dischinger attended Terre Haute's James A. Garfield High, the son of the football coach, Dischinger was a 3-year letter winner in basketball and was twice being named the Purple Eagles' MVP. During his senior season (1957–58), he was selected as Captain and was the MVP of the 1958 Indiana All-Star team; he was also a Parade Magazine All-American.[1]

During his high school career, Dischinger earned All-State honors in basketball, while being coached by Willard Kehrt, and in football and track, being coached by his father, Donas Dischinger.[2][3] As a High School Freshman, he was a member of Terre Haute's 1955 Babe Ruth League world championship baseball team.[4] He was also a member of Garfield High's 1955 IHSAA Sectional Championship team; this was the deepest run Garfield would make during his high school career. City rival, Terre Haute Gerstmeyer Tech, was the main opposition to Garfield during Dischinger's career.

College career[edit]

Terry Dischinger attended Purdue University where he played 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,[5] leading the Boilermakers by 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, Dischinger was named a First Team All-American[5] 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.[citation needed]

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 led 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.[citation needed]

At the end of his college career, Dischinger held almost every Purdue scoring record, but many were broken by the likes of Dave Schellhase and Rick Mount within that next decade. He was named All-Big Ten each season and selected as the Purdue MVP for each season. He currently holds school records for nine 40+ point games, 713 made free throws with 871 attempted, 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 sixth highest scorer in Boilermaker history with a total of 1,979 points.[citation needed] Dischinger was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.[3] In 1997 was named to the Purdue Centennial Basketball Team along with Dave Charters (1909–11) Charles "Stretch" Murphy (1928–30), John Wooden (1930–32), Jewell Young (1936–38), Paul Hoffman (1944–47), Joe Sexson (1954–56), Dave Schellhase (1964–66), Rick Mount (1968–70), Joe Barry Carroll (1977–80), Troy Lewis (1985–88) and Glenn Robinson (1993–94).

1960 Olympics[edit]

Dischinger was selected to the USA men's basketball team that won the gold medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics under head coach Pete Newell; at age 19, he was the youngest member of the team. As a starting guard/forward, he was teamed with future Basketball Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and Jerry Lucas.[6] The team was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. He started all 8 games, scoring 94 totals points, with an 11.8 avg. He was the #4 scorer on the team.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Dischinger was the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft in 1962 by the Chicago Zephyrs.[5] He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 1962–1963 season after averaging 25.5 points and eight rebounds per game.[5] After his rookie season, Dischinger and the Zephyrs moved to Baltimore and changed their name to the Baltimore Bullets. In his second season, Dischinger averaged 20.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.[5] In his third season in the NBA, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons and averaged 18.2 points a game, and Dischinger was chosen as an NBA All-Star for the third consecutive season.[5]

Following his third NBA season, Dischinger spent the next two years serving in the United States Army, where he continued to play basketball and was named MVP for the Army all-Pacific team, served as a coach of the all-Army basketball team, and coached a State Department team on a tour of Central America in 1966.[3]

After returning to the NBA in 1967, he returned to the 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.[5]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

1962–63 Chicago 57 40.2 .512 .770 8.0 3.1 25.5
1963–64 Baltimore 80 35.2 .496 .776 8.3 2.0 20.8
1964–65 Detroit 80 33.7 .493 .755 6.0 2.5 18.2
1967–68 Detroit 78 24.8 .494 .762 6.2 1.5 13.1
1968–69 Detroit 75 19.4 .515 .730 4.3 1.2 8.8
1969–70 Detroit 75 23.4 .526 .722 4.9 1.4 11.4
1970–71 Detroit 65 28.5 .535 .763 5.2 1.7 11.8
1971–72 Detroit 79 26.1 .514 .780 4.3 1.2 9.4
1972–73 Portland 63 15.4 .476 .667 3.0 1.6 6.1
Career 652 27.4 .506 .758 5.6 1.8 13.8
All-Star 3 14.7 .467 .833 2.7 0.7 6.3


1968 Detroit 6 25.7 .375 .737 4.8 1.5 9.3
Career 6 25.7 .375 .737 4.8 1.5 9.3

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Detroit 1971–72 2 0 2 .000 (interim)
Career 2 0 2 .000

After basketball[edit]

Following his retirement from basketball in 1973, Dischinger completed dental school in Memphis, Tennessee and with his wife Mary, returned to Portland, where he had ended his NBA career to begin an orthodontic practice in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego.[2][8][9]


Dischinger and his wife Mary have been married more than fifty years and have three kids and nine grandchildren. His grandson Michael Loomis currently plays basketball at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.hoopshall.com/hall-of-fame/terry-dischinger/?back=HallofFame
  2. ^ a b Hughes, David (December 26, 1999). "50 Greatest Athletes: Number 1, Terry Dischinger". Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Terry Dischinger". Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Boyce, Brian (December 6, 2008). "Legendary Terre Haute South grid coach dies at 68". Tribune-Star. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Terry Dischinger NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball References. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Games of the XVIIth Olympiad -- 1960". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on January 3, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  8. ^ Eggers, Kerry (September 3, 2008). "After final buzzer, Oregon's still home". Portland Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Newell, Cliff (January 7, 2010). "A breakthrough in smiles". Lake Oswego Review. Retrieved April 20, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "2014–2015 NCU Men's Basketball Roster". GoBEACONS.com. 

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