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Art Spoelstra

Arthur Cornelius Spoelstra

Position: Center ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-9 ▪ Weight: 220 lbs.
Born: September 11, 1932
Died: April 9, 2008
High School: Godwin Heights in Grand Rapids, Michigan
College: Western Kentucky University
Draft: Rochester Royals, 4th round (7th pick, 34th overall), 1954 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 30, 1954

Totals

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
1954-55 22 ROC NBA C 70 1127 159 399 .398 159 399 .398 108 156 .692 285 58 170 426
1955-56 23 ROC NBA C 72 1640 226 576 .392 226 576 .392 163 238 .685 436 95 248 615
1956-57 24 ROC NBA C 69 1176 217 559 .388 217 559 .388 88 120 .733 220 56 168 522
1957-58 25 TOT NBA C 67 1305 161 419 .384 161 419 .384 127 187 .679 332 57 225 449
1957-58 25 MNL NBA 50 1098 141 353 .399 141 353 .399 100 150 .667 281 51 183 382
1957-58 25 NYK NBA C 17 207 20 66 .303 20 66 .303 27 37 .730 51 6 42 67
Career NBA 278 5248 763 1953 .391 763 1953 .391 486 701 .693 1273 266 811 2012
3 seasons ROC NBA 211 3943 602 1534 .392 602 1534 .392 359 514 .698 941 209 586 1563
1 season MNL NBA 50 1098 141 353 .399 141 353 .399 100 150 .667 281 51 183 382
1 season NYK NBA 17 207 20 66 .303 20 66 .303 27 37 .730 51 6 42 67

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
1954-55 22 ROC NBA C 70 16.1 2.3 5.7 .398 2.3 5.7 .398 1.5 2.2 .692 4.1 0.8 2.4 6.1
1955-56 23 ROC NBA C 72 22.8 3.1 8.0 .392 3.1 8.0 .392 2.3 3.3 .685 6.1 1.3 3.4 8.5
1956-57 24 ROC NBA C 69 17.0 3.1 8.1 .388 3.1 8.1 .388 1.3 1.7 .733 3.2 0.8 2.4 7.6
1957-58 25 TOT NBA C 67 19.5 2.4 6.3 .384 2.4 6.3 .384 1.9 2.8 .679 5.0 0.9 3.4 6.7
1957-58 25 MNL NBA 50 22.0 2.8 7.1 .399 2.8 7.1 .399 2.0 3.0 .667 5.6 1.0 3.7 7.6
1957-58 25 NYK NBA C 17 12.2 1.2 3.9 .303 1.2 3.9 .303 1.6 2.2 .730 3.0 0.4 2.5 3.9
Career NBA 278 18.9 2.7 7.0 .391 2.7 7.0 .391 1.7 2.5 .693 4.6 1.0 2.9 7.2
3 seasons ROC NBA 211 18.7 2.9 7.3 .392 2.9 7.3 .392 1.7 2.4 .698 4.5 1.0 2.8 7.4
1 season MNL NBA 50 22.0 2.8 7.1 .399 2.8 7.1 .399 2.0 3.0 .667 5.6 1.0 3.7 7.6
1 season NYK NBA 17 12.2 1.2 3.9 .303 1.2 3.9 .303 1.6 2.2 .730 3.0 0.4 2.5 3.9

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
1954-55 22 ROC NBA C 70 1127 5.1 12.7 .398 5.1 12.7 .398 3.4 5.0 .692 9.1 1.9 5.4 13.6
1955-56 23 ROC NBA C 72 1640 5.0 12.6 .392 5.0 12.6 .392 3.6 5.2 .685 9.6 2.1 5.4 13.5
1956-57 24 ROC NBA C 69 1176 6.6 17.1 .388 6.6 17.1 .388 2.7 3.7 .733 6.7 1.7 5.1 16.0
1957-58 25 TOT NBA C 67 1305 4.4 11.6 .384 4.4 11.6 .384 3.5 5.2 .679 9.2 1.6 6.2 12.4
1957-58 25 MNL NBA 50 1098 4.6 11.6 .399 4.6 11.6 .399 3.3 4.9 .667 9.2 1.7 6.0 12.5
1957-58 25 NYK NBA C 17 207 3.5 11.5 .303 3.5 11.5 .303 4.7 6.4 .730 8.9 1.0 7.3 11.7
Career NBA 278 5248 5.2 13.4 .391 5.2 13.4 .391 3.3 4.8 .693 8.7 1.8 5.6 13.8
3 seasons ROC NBA 211 3943 5.5 14.0 .392 5.5 14.0 .392 3.3 4.7 .698 8.6 1.9 5.4 14.3
1 season MNL NBA 50 1098 4.6 11.6 .399 4.6 11.6 .399 3.3 4.9 .667 9.2 1.7 6.0 12.5
1 season NYK NBA 17 207 3.5 11.5 .303 3.5 11.5 .303 4.7 6.4 .730 8.9 1.0 7.3 11.7

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1954-55 22 ROC NBA C 70 1127 12.9 .455 .398 .391 1.0 0.7 1.7 .074
1955-56 23 ROC NBA C 72 1640 12.7 .452 .392 .413 1.2 2.5 3.7 .107
1956-57 24 ROC NBA C 69 1176 12.2 .427 .388 .215 0.4 1.4 1.8 .073
1957-58 25 TOT NBA C 67 1305 9.9 .448 .384 .446 0.9 0.5 1.4 .053
1957-58 25 MNL NBA 50 1098 10.4 .456 .399 .425 1.0 0.4 1.4 .060
1957-58 25 NYK NBA C 17 207 6.8 .407 .303 .561 0.0 0.1 0.1 .017
Career NBA 278 5248 11.9 .445 .391 .359 3.5 5.1 8.6 .079
3 seasons ROC NBA 211 3943 12.6 .444 .392 .335 2.6 4.6 7.2 .087
1 season MNL NBA 50 1098 10.4 .456 .399 .425 1.0 0.4 1.4 .060
1 season NYK NBA 17 207 6.8 .407 .303 .561 0.0 0.1 0.1 .017

Playoffs Totals

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
1954-55 22 ROC NBA C 3 28 7 14 .500 7 14 .500 1 1 1.000 9 0 11 15
Career NBA 3 28 7 14 .500 7 14 .500 1 1 1.000 9 0 11 15
1 season ROC NBA 3 28 7 14 .500 7 14 .500 1 1 1.000 9 0 11 15

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
1954-55 22 ROC NBA C 3 9.3 2.3 4.7 .500 2.3 4.7 .500 0.3 0.3 1.000 3.0 0.0 3.7 5.0
Career NBA 3 9.3 2.3 4.7 .500 2.3 4.7 .500 0.3 0.3 1.000 3.0 0.0 3.7 5.0
1 season ROC NBA 3 9.3 2.3 4.7 .500 2.3 4.7 .500 0.3 0.3 1.000 3.0 0.0 3.7 5.0

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
1954-55 22 ROC NBA C 3 28 9.0 18.0 .500 9.0 18.0 .500 1.3 1.3 1.000 11.6 0.0 14.1 19.3
Career NBA 3 28 9.0 18.0 .500 9.0 18.0 .500 1.3 1.3 1.000 11.6 0.0 14.1 19.3
1 season ROC NBA 3 28 9.0 18.0 .500 9.0 18.0 .500 1.3 1.3 1.000 11.6 0.0 14.1 19.3

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1954-55 22 ROC NBA C 3 28 13.4 .519 .500 .071 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 .230
Career NBA 3 28 13.4 .519 .500 .071 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 .230
1 season ROC NBA 3 28 13.4 .519 .500 .071 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 .230

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 4 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4
Art Spoelstra 3.7 1.8 1.7 1.4
Sean Rooks 86.6 3.0 2.2 1.8 1.5
Bob Hopkins 85.7 3.5 2.7 1.9 1.4
Manute Bol 85.6 3.9 2.4 2.0 1.7
Danny Schayes 84.2 2.8 2.0 1.7 1.2
Robin Lopez 84.1 3.2 2.1 1.5 1.1
Jim McIlvaine 82.3 3.0 1.9 1.8 0.8
Kelvin Cato 81.3 4.2 2.7 1.7 1.6
Otto Moore 80.6 3.5 2.4 2.3 0.9
Leroy Ellis 80.5 3.8 2.8 2.3 1.6
Gene Wiley 80.2 2.8 2.4 1.8 1.3
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Art Spoelstra 3.7 1.8 1.7 1.4
Bob Hopkins 85.7 3.5 2.7 1.9 1.4
Gene Wiley 79.5 2.8 2.4 1.8 1.3 -0.1
Jim McIlvaine 78.8 3.0 1.9 1.8 1.5 0.8 0.3 0.1
Willard Sojourner 75.8 3.5 3.0 2.4 1.9
George Peeples 75.5 4.1 3.2 2.1 1.5 0.2 0.0
Stanley Roberts 75.0 3.2 2.1 1.8 0.7 0.5 0.0 -0.1 -0.1
Victor Alexander 73.8 3.0 2.5 2.3 1.1 -0.1
Cherokee Parks 72.4 3.8 2.2 1.9 1.4 1.2 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.0
Jack Toomay 71.7 3.6 1.6 1.1
Zeljko Rebraca 71.6 3.3 2.4 1.3 0.7 0.5

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Games
1955-56 NBA 72 (2)

Transactions

April 24, 1954: Drafted by the Rochester Royals in the 4th round (34th pick) of the 1954 NBA Draft.

April 17, 1957: Traded by the Rochester Royals with Bob Burrow, Ed Fleming, Hot Rod Hundley and Monk Meineke to the Minneapolis Lakers for Clyde Lovellette and Jim Paxson.

February 5, 1958: Traded by the Minneapolis Lakers to the New York Knicks for Bo Erias and cash.

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