The son of a football coach and a great all-around athlete, Dischinger earned All-State honors in football, track and basketball while attending Garfield High School in Terre Haute. He also was a member of Terre Haute's 1955 Babe Ruth League "world championship" baseball team.
Dischinger, a 6'7" forward, was made the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft in 1962 out of Purdue University by the Chicago Zephyrs. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 1962-1963 season after averaging 25.5 points and eight rebounds per game. His basketball career was interrupted by military service.
He coached two games for the Detroit Pistons during the 1971-72 season, as a player-coach. In addition to the Pistons and the Zephyrs, he also played for the Baltimore Bullets and the Portland Trail Blazers.
He retired in 1973 and holds career per game averages of 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was a three-time All-Star.
Dischinger now practices orthodontics with his son, Bill Dischinger, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Dischinger is considered nationally as a leader in both functional jaw orthopedics and orthodontic technology and has lectured extensively throughout the United States.