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Arnold D. "Arnie" Risen

Enshrined 1998
Lexington, KY
October 9, 1924 - Aug 4, 2012

Biography

Compared to George Mikan and the big and burly power players of the late 1940s and early 1950s, 6-foot-9, 210-pound Arnie Risen appeared to be at a physical disadvantage. But during the NBA's formative years, Risen was a big scorer, rugged rebounder, and all-around versatile competitor. Known as "Stilts," Risen led the league in field goal percentage while finishing as the fourth leading scorer in 1949. Risen played thirteen professional seasons - more than two with Indianapolis of the National Basketball League, over seven with Rochester of the NBL/BAA/NBA, and three with the NBA's Boston Celtics. He averaged twelve points a game in his career and scored 24 points in Rochester's title win in 1951.

Career Highlights

All-NBA Second-Team, 1949
NBA championship with Rochester Royals, 1951
NBA All-Star, 1953-55
NBA championship with Boston Celtics, 1957