The Chicago Bulls selected Van Lier in the third round of the 1969 NBA Draft, but immediately traded him to the Cincinnati Royals, with whom he led the NBA in assists in 1971. The Bulls then reacquired Van Lier during the 1971–72 season, and he remained with the Bulls until 1978, appearing in three All-Star games (1974, 1976, 1977) over the course of six seasons.
Nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman” for his tenacity and aggression, Van Lier was one of the most popular Bulls players of the 1970s. During his ten year career, Van Lier was named to three NBA All-Defense First Teams and five NBA All-Defense Second Teams. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 1974. Van Lier was waived by the Bulls in October 1978.
Van Lier held the record for the longest field goal in NBA history (84 feet) for 24 years until Baron Davis broke the record on November 17, 2001 (89 feet).
SmallthoughtsL Old School Tuesday spotlights…Norm Van Lier.
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Number||23, 2, 4|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||8,770 (11.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,596 (4.8 rpg)|
|Assists||5,217 (7.0 apg)|