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Tom Burleson

Tommy Loren Burleson

Position: Center ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 7-2 ▪ Weight: 225 lbs.
Born: February 24, 1952 in Crossnore, North Carolina
High School: Avery County in Newland, North Carolina
College: North Carolina State University
Draft: Seattle SuperSonics, 1st round (3rd pick, 3rd overall), 1974 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 17, 1974
Other Pages: College Basketball Stats

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 82 1888 322 772 .417 322 772 .417 .417 182 265 .687 155 417 572 115 64 153 221 826
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 82 2647 496 1032 .481 496 1032 .481 .481 291 388 .750 258 484 742 180 70 150 273 1283
1976-77 24 SEA NBA C 82 1803 288 652 .442 288 652 .442 .442 220 301 .731 184 367 551 93 74 117 259 796
1977-78 25 KCK NBA C 76 1525 228 525 .434 228 525 .434 .434 197 248 .794 170 312 482 131 62 81 123 259 653
1978-79 26 KCK NBA C 56 927 157 342 .459 157 342 .459 .459 121 169 .716 84 197 281 50 26 58 64 183 435
1979-80 27 KCK NBA C 37 272 36 104 .346 0 3 .000 36 101 .356 .346 23 40 .575 23 49 72 20 8 13 25 49 95
1980-81 28 ATL NBA C 31 363 41 99 .414 0 0 41 99 .414 .414 20 41 .488 44 50 94 12 8 19 24 73 102
Career NBA 446 9425 1568 3526 .445 0 3 .000 1568 3523 .445 .445 1054 1452 .726 918 1876 2794 601 312 591 236 1317 4190
3 seasons SEA NBA 246 6338 1106 2456 .450 1106 2456 .450 .450 693 954 .726 597 1268 1865 388 208 420 753 2905
3 seasons KCK NBA 169 2724 421 971 .434 0 3 .000 421 968 .435 .434 341 457 .746 277 558 835 201 96 152 212 491 1183
1 season ATL NBA 31 363 41 99 .414 0 0 41 99 .414 .414 20 41 .488 44 50 94 12 8 19 24 73 102

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 82 23.0 3.9 9.4 .417 3.9 9.4 .417 2.2 3.2 .687 1.9 5.1 7.0 1.4 0.8 1.9 2.7 10.1
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 82 32.3 6.0 12.6 .481 6.0 12.6 .481 3.5 4.7 .750 3.1 5.9 9.0 2.2 0.9 1.8 3.3 15.6
1976-77 24 SEA NBA C 82 22.0 3.5 8.0 .442 3.5 8.0 .442 2.7 3.7 .731 2.2 4.5 6.7 1.1 0.9 1.4 3.2 9.7
1977-78 25 KCK NBA C 76 20.1 3.0 6.9 .434 3.0 6.9 .434 2.6 3.3 .794 2.2 4.1 6.3 1.7 0.8 1.1 1.6 3.4 8.6
1978-79 26 KCK NBA C 56 16.6 2.8 6.1 .459 2.8 6.1 .459 2.2 3.0 .716 1.5 3.5 5.0 0.9 0.5 1.0 1.1 3.3 7.8
1979-80 27 KCK NBA C 37 7.4 1.0 2.8 .346 0.0 0.1 .000 1.0 2.7 .356 0.6 1.1 .575 0.6 1.3 1.9 0.5 0.2 0.4 0.7 1.3 2.6
1980-81 28 ATL NBA C 31 11.7 1.3 3.2 .414 0.0 0.0 1.3 3.2 .414 0.6 1.3 .488 1.4 1.6 3.0 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.8 2.4 3.3
Career NBA 446 21.1 3.5 7.9 .445 0.0 0.0 .000 3.5 7.9 .445 2.4 3.3 .726 2.1 4.2 6.3 1.3 0.7 1.3 1.2 3.0 9.4
3 seasons SEA NBA 246 25.8 4.5 10.0 .450 4.5 10.0 .450 2.8 3.9 .726 2.4 5.2 7.6 1.6 0.8 1.7 3.1 11.8
3 seasons KCK NBA 169 16.1 2.5 5.7 .434 0.0 0.1 .000 2.5 5.7 .435 2.0 2.7 .746 1.6 3.3 4.9 1.2 0.6 0.9 1.3 2.9 7.0
1 season ATL NBA 31 11.7 1.3 3.2 .414 0.0 0.0 1.3 3.2 .414 0.6 1.3 .488 1.4 1.6 3.0 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.8 2.4 3.3

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 82 1888 6.1 14.7 .417 6.1 14.7 .417 3.5 5.1 .687 3.0 8.0 10.9 2.2 1.2 2.9 4.2 15.8
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 82 2647 6.7 14.0 .481 6.7 14.0 .481 4.0 5.3 .750 3.5 6.6 10.1 2.4 1.0 2.0 3.7 17.4
1976-77 24 SEA NBA C 82 1803 5.8 13.0 .442 5.8 13.0 .442 4.4 6.0 .731 3.7 7.3 11.0 1.9 1.5 2.3 5.2 15.9
1977-78 25 KCK NBA C 76 1525 5.4 12.4 .434 5.4 12.4 .434 4.7 5.9 .794 4.0 7.4 11.4 3.1 1.5 1.9 2.9 6.1 15.4
1978-79 26 KCK NBA C 56 927 6.1 13.3 .459 6.1 13.3 .459 4.7 6.6 .716 3.3 7.7 10.9 1.9 1.0 2.3 2.5 7.1 16.9
1979-80 27 KCK NBA C 37 272 4.8 13.8 .346 0.0 0.4 .000 4.8 13.4 .356 3.0 5.3 .575 3.0 6.5 9.5 2.6 1.1 1.7 3.3 6.5 12.6
1980-81 28 ATL NBA C 31 363 4.1 9.8 .414 0.0 0.0 4.1 9.8 .414 2.0 4.1 .488 4.4 5.0 9.3 1.2 0.8 1.9 2.4 7.2 10.1
Career NBA 446 9425 6.0 13.5 .445 0.0 0.2 .000 6.0 13.5 .445 4.0 5.5 .726 3.5 7.2 10.7 2.3 1.2 2.3 2.8 5.0 16.0
3 seasons SEA NBA 246 6338 6.3 14.0 .450 6.3 14.0 .450 3.9 5.4 .726 3.4 7.2 10.6 2.2 1.2 2.4 4.3 16.5
3 seasons KCK NBA 169 2724 5.6 12.8 .434 0.0 0.4 .000 5.6 12.8 .435 4.5 6.0 .746 3.7 7.4 11.0 2.7 1.3 2.0 2.8 6.5 15.6
1 season ATL NBA 31 363 4.1 9.8 .414 0.0 0.0 4.1 9.8 .414 2.0 4.1 .488 4.4 5.0 9.3 1.2 0.8 1.9 2.4 7.2 10.1

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS ORtg DRtg
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 82 1888 7.8 18.6 .417 7.8 18.6 .417 4.4 6.4 .687 3.7 10.0 13.8 2.8 1.5 3.7 5.3 19.9 93
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 82 2647 8.4 17.4 .481 8.4 17.4 .481 4.9 6.5 .750 4.3 8.2 12.5 3.0 1.2 2.5 4.6 21.6 97
1976-77 24 SEA NBA C 82 1803 7.2 16.3 .442 7.2 16.3 .442 5.5 7.5 .731 4.6 9.1 13.7 2.3 1.8 2.9 6.5 19.8 95
1977-78 25 KCK NBA C 76 1525 6.6 15.3 .434 6.6 15.3 .434 5.7 7.2 .794 4.9 9.1 14.0 3.8 1.8 2.4 3.6 7.5 19.0 104 98
1978-79 26 KCK NBA C 56 927 7.6 16.5 .459 7.6 16.5 .459 5.8 8.2 .716 4.1 9.5 13.6 2.4 1.3 2.8 3.1 8.8 21.0 105 98
1979-80 27 KCK NBA C 37 272 6.2 17.8 .346 0.0 0.5 .000 6.2 17.3 .356 3.9 6.8 .575 3.9 8.4 12.3 3.4 1.4 2.2 4.3 8.4 16.2 82 99
1980-81 28 ATL NBA C 31 363 5.5 13.2 .414 0.0 0.0 5.5 13.2 .414 2.7 5.5 .488 5.9 6.7 12.5 1.6 1.1 2.5 3.2 9.7 13.6 92 106
Career NBA 446 9425 7.5 16.8 .445 0.0 0.2 .000 7.5 16.8 .445 5.0 6.9 .726 4.4 9.0 13.3 2.9 1.5 2.8 3.4 6.3 20.0 101 97
3 seasons SEA NBA 246 6338 7.8 17.4 .450 7.8 17.4 .450 4.9 6.8 .726 4.2 9.0 13.2 2.8 1.5 3.0 5.3 20.6 95
3 seasons KCK NBA 169 2724 6.9 15.9 .434 0.0 0.5 .000 6.9 15.9 .435 5.6 7.5 .746 4.5 9.2 13.7 3.3 1.6 2.5 3.5 8.1 19.4 102 99
1 season ATL NBA 31 363 5.5 13.2 .414 0.0 0.0 5.5 13.2 .414 2.7 5.5 .488 5.9 6.7 12.5 1.6 1.1 2.5 3.2 9.7 13.6 92 106

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% OWS DWS WS WS/48 OBPM DBPM BPM VORP
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 82 1888 16.1 .465 .343 8.4 22.7 15.5 8.6 1.5 4.2 0.2 3.1 3.3 .083 -2.1 1.2 -0.8 0.5
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 82 2647 17.8 .533 .376 9.8 19.4 14.5 9.6 1.2 3.0 5.0 3.2 8.2 .148 1.2 1.0 2.2 2.8
1976-77 24 SEA NBA C 82 1803 16.3 .507 .462 10.1 21.8 15.7 7.3 1.8 3.5 1.4 3.0 4.4 .117 -1.0 1.3 0.3 1.1
1977-78 25 KCK NBA C 76 1525 16.5 .515 .472 11.4 21.0 16.2 11.3 1.8 2.8 16.2 18.9 2.2 2.0 4.3 .134 0.3 1.4 1.7 1.4
1978-79 26 KCK NBA C 56 927 15.3 .522 .494 9.6 23.7 16.5 6.9 1.3 3.5 13.3 19.9 1.1 1.6 2.7 .140 -1.4 1.0 -0.4 0.4
1979-80 27 KCK NBA C 37 272 7.8 .391 .029 .385 8.7 20.0 14.2 9.5 1.4 2.8 17.1 21.5 -0.6 0.5 -0.1 -0.012 -5.5 1.2 -4.4 -0.2
1980-81 28 ATL NBA C 31 363 8.5 .436 .000 .414 13.7 16.0 14.9 4.6 1.1 3.1 17.0 16.1 -0.2 0.3 0.2 .021 -3.1 0.0 -3.2 -0.1
Career NBA 446 9425 16.1 .503 .001 .412 9.9 21.1 15.4 8.8 1.5 3.4 15.5 19.1 9.2 13.7 22.9 .117 -0.6 1.1 0.5 6.0
3 seasons SEA NBA 246 6338 16.9 .505 .388 9.5 21.1 15.1 8.7 1.5 3.5 6.6 9.3 15.9 .120 -0.4 1.2 0.8 4.4
3 seasons KCK NBA 169 2724 15.2 .505 .003 .471 10.5 21.8 16.1 9.6 1.6 3.0 15.3 19.5 2.8 4.1 6.9 .122 -0.8 1.2 0.4 1.7
1 season ATL NBA 31 363 8.5 .436 .000 .414 13.7 16.0 14.9 4.6 1.1 3.1 17.0 16.1 -0.2 0.3 0.2 .021 -3.1 0.0 -3.2 -0.1

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 9 364 78 152 .513 78 152 .513 .513 30 40 .750 30 66 96 13 7 18 29 186
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 6 208 45 75 .600 45 75 .600 .600 35 46 .761 15 42 57 10 6 8 25 125
Career NBA 15 572 123 227 .542 123 227 .542 .542 65 86 .756 45 108 153 23 13 26 54 311
2 seasons SEA NBA 15 572 123 227 .542 123 227 .542 .542 65 86 .756 45 108 153 23 13 26 54 311

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 9 40.4 8.7 16.9 .513 8.7 16.9 .513 3.3 4.4 .750 3.3 7.3 10.7 1.4 0.8 2.0 3.2 20.7
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 6 34.7 7.5 12.5 .600 7.5 12.5 .600 5.8 7.7 .761 2.5 7.0 9.5 1.7 1.0 1.3 4.2 20.8
Career NBA 15 38.1 8.2 15.1 .542 8.2 15.1 .542 4.3 5.7 .756 3.0 7.2 10.2 1.5 0.9 1.7 3.6 20.7
2 seasons SEA NBA 15 38.1 8.2 15.1 .542 8.2 15.1 .542 4.3 5.7 .756 3.0 7.2 10.2 1.5 0.9 1.7 3.6 20.7

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 9 364 7.7 15.0 .513 7.7 15.0 .513 3.0 4.0 .750 3.0 6.5 9.5 1.3 0.7 1.8 2.9 18.4
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 6 208 7.8 13.0 .600 7.8 13.0 .600 6.1 8.0 .761 2.6 7.3 9.9 1.7 1.0 1.4 4.3 21.6
Career NBA 15 572 7.7 14.3 .542 7.7 14.3 .542 4.1 5.4 .756 2.8 6.8 9.6 1.4 0.8 1.6 3.4 19.6
2 seasons SEA NBA 15 572 7.7 14.3 .542 7.7 14.3 .542 4.1 5.4 .756 2.8 6.8 9.6 1.4 0.8 1.6 3.4 19.6

Playoffs Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS ORtg DRtg
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 9 364 9.8 19.1 .513 9.8 19.1 .513 3.8 5.0 .750 3.8 8.3 12.1 1.6 0.9 2.3 3.6 23.4 99
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 6 208 9.8 16.4 .600 9.8 16.4 .600 7.6 10.0 .761 3.3 9.2 12.4 2.2 1.3 1.7 5.5 27.3 105
Career NBA 15 572 9.8 18.1 .542 9.8 18.1 .542 5.2 6.9 .756 3.6 8.6 12.2 1.8 1.0 2.1 4.3 24.8 101
2 seasons SEA NBA 15 572 9.8 18.1 .542 9.8 18.1 .542 5.2 6.9 .756 3.6 8.6 12.2 1.8 1.0 2.1 4.3 24.8 101

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% OWS DWS WS WS/48
1974-75 22 SEA NBA C 9 364 18.1 .548 .263 8.7 18.5 13.7 5.7 0.9 2.6 0.7 0.3 1.1 .141
1975-76 23 SEA NBA C 6 208 22.4 .656 .613 8.3 24.3 16.2 7.5 1.3 2.1 0.7 0.1 0.8 .188
Career NBA 15 572 19.6 .587 .379 8.6 20.6 14.6 6.4 1.0 2.4 1.5 0.4 1.9 .158
2 seasons SEA NBA 15 572 19.6 .587 .379 8.6 20.6 14.6 6.4 1.0 2.4 1.5 0.4 1.9 .158

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 7 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Tom Burleson 8.2 4.4 4.3 3.3 2.7 0.2 -0.1
Marvin Webster 83.7 8.7 3.9 3.2 2.8 2.7 1.3 0.2
Jack Nichols 83.7 6.7 4.4 4.3 4.1 1.6 0.3
Rasho Nesterovic 83.1 7.2 5.2 4.2 4.1 3.0 1.5 0.0
Roy Tarpley 82.0 7.8 3.5 3.1 2.8 2.0 0.6
Danny Schayes 81.2 8.8 4.6 3.9 2.8 2.0 1.7 1.2
Randy Denton 81.0 5.5 4.3 3.9 3.1 3.0 0.4
Mike Green 80.9 8.7 4.7 3.9 3.8 3.3 2.8 0.4
Tim McCormick 78.8 6.0 4.6 3.9 3.8 2.0 1.1 -0.1
Sam Bowie 78.4 5.7 4.7 4.6 2.6 2.4 0.5 0.1
Ervin Johnson 76.3 6.4 5.2 4.9 3.9 3.0 1.3 0.7
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Tom Burleson 8.2 4.4 4.3 3.3 2.7 0.2 -0.1
Roy Tarpley 82.0 7.8 3.5 3.1 2.8 2.0 0.6
Randy Denton 81.0 5.5 4.3 3.9 3.1 3.0 0.4
Mike Green 80.9 8.7 4.7 3.9 3.8 3.3 2.8 0.4
Jack Nichols 79.5 6.7 4.4 4.3 4.1 2.5 1.6 1.0 0.3
Tim McCormick 77.6 6.0 4.6 3.9 3.8 2.0 1.1 0.2 -0.1
DeMarcus Cousins 76.2 7.9 4.4 4.2 1.1
George Ratkovicz 76.1 9.3 6.0 5.4 5.2 2.8 -0.1
Mike Lewis 75.7 7.9 7.5 4.0 3.8 1.1 0.0
Gheorghe Muresan 74.7 8.0 5.3 4.1 1.3 0.3 -0.1
Gene Moore 74.7 6.8 5.7 5.0 4.5 1.9 0.8 0.0

College

Light text indicates college freshman or JV participant
Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age College G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1970-71 18 NCSTATE 16 167 317 86 118 246 420 .527 .729 26.3 15.4
1971-72 19 NCSTATE 26 214 412 126 183 365 554 .519 .689 21.3 14.0
1972-73 20 NCSTATE 27 199 389 84 115 324 482 .512 .730 17.9 12.0
1973-74 21 NCSTATE 31 228 442 106 162 377 562 .516 .654 18.1 12.2
Career 84 641 1243 316 460 1066 1598 .516 .687 19.0 12.7

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Honors
1973-74 NCAA AP All-America (3rd)
1974-75 NBA All-Rookie (1st)

Games
1974-75 NBA 82 (2)
1975-76 NBA 82 (2)
1976-77 NBA 82 (3)

Blocks
1974-75 NBA 153 (8)
1975-76 NBA 150 (7)

Blocks Per Game
1974-75 NBA 1.9 (8)
1975-76 NBA 1.8 (7)

Offensive Rebound Pct
1977-78 NBA 11.4 (9)

Block Pct
1974-75 NBA 4.2 (2)
1975-76 NBA 3.0 (8)
1976-77 NBA 3.5 (9)

Hall of Fame Probability
Career 0.000 (783)

 

Transactions

May 28, 1974: Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers (as a future 1974 1st round draft pick) to the Seattle SuperSonics for Dick Snyder and a 1974 1st round draft pick (Campy Russell was later selected).

May 28, 1974: Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1974 NBA Draft.

May 24, 1977: Traded by the Seattle SuperSonics with Bob Wilkerson and a 1977 2nd round draft pick (Steve Sheppard was later selected) to the Denver Nuggets for Paul Silas, Marvin Webster and Willie Wise.

May 25, 1977: Traded by the Denver Nuggets with a 1977 2nd round draft pick (Steve Sheppard was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings for Brian Taylor and a 1977 1st round draft pick (Tom LaGarde was later selected).

July 8, 1980: Signed as a veteran free agent with the Atlanta Hawks; the Kansas City Kings received a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Eddie Johnson was later selected) as compensation.

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