Dave Bing

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Basketball player
Dave Bing
Dave Bing in January 2009
Player information
Full name David Bing
birthday November 24, 1943
place of birth Washington, DC , United States
size 191 cm
Weight 82 kg
position Point guard
college Syracuse
NBA draft 1966, 2nd pick, Detroit Pistons
Clubs as active
1966–1975 Detroit Pistons 1975–1977 Washington Bullets 1977–1978 Boston CelticsUnited StatesUnited States
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David "Dave" Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, DC ) is an American former basketball player of the Detroit Pistons , Washington Bullets and Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and former mayor of Detroit.

The 1.91 meter tall Bing is a multiple NBA All-Star and was considered an excellent basket hunter. He has been a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame since 1990 . He was also added to the list of the 50 best NBA players of all time .


At the age of five, Bing sustained a serious eye injury when he accidentally stuck a stick in his left eye. But the eye was saved after an emergency operation. Even so, his eyesight in this eye wasn't as pronounced as it was before. It was all the more astonishing that Bing, who was considered small and skinny, broke one high school record after the other and was recruited for Syracuse University .

Bing has been considered a super talent since his time in Syracuse and was selected second by the Detroit Pistons in the 1966 NBA Draft . Right from the start, Bing established itself as an excellent point collector. In his rookie season he scored 20 points and 4.1 assists (templates) per game and was named "Newbie of the Year" ( Rookie of the Year ) in the NBA All-Rookie Team . The next year he led the league with 27.1 points per game and was elected to both the NBA All-Star and the All-NBA First Team in 1968.

Together with teammate Jimmy Walker , he formed one of the most dangerous guard duos in the NBA. However, the pistons were below average in all other positions. Although Bing consistently scored 22 and more points per game in the following seasons and was always elected to the All-Star team, he was still denied great success with the Pistons.

Bing suffered another setback in 1972 when an opponent accidentally stuck a finger in his right eye. He was given a three-month hiatus, but continued his career against the advice of doctors. After many years of individually strong, but rather below average team success, Bing switched to the Washington Bullets and averaged 18 points and six assists per game. His final season was with the Boston Celtics . As a thank you for his achievements, the Pistons announced that Bing's jersey number 21 will no longer be given to other players.

In 1977, Bing received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for social engagement.

Private life

After his NBA career, Bing founded the "Bing Group" and became a successful steel producer. He is married and has two daughters.


Bing, who is a member of the Democratic Party , took part in the February 2009 primaries for the Detroit mayor's office . After the resignation of Kwame Kilpatrick in November of the previous year, the post was temporarily taken over by Kenneth Cockrel, President of the City Council. With 26,337 votes, which corresponds to a share of 28.8%, Bing took first place, followed by Cockrel, who achieved 27%. Bing then won the runoff election in May with 52% of the vote.

This by-election was followed in the same year by the election for the next four-year term of office . Dave Bing was clearly ahead of the runner-up, businessman Tom Barrow (11.09%), with 73.9% of the vote. In the runoff election, Bing won with a share of 56%.

In November 2013, Mike Duggan was elected to succeed him. He replaced Bing on January 1, 2014.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Dave Bing. Retrieved April 27, 2020 (English).
  2. Detroit Pistons Retired Jersey Numbers - RealGM. Retrieved April 27, 2020 .
  3. Detroit Free Press: Detroit elects first white mayor in years - and reasons go well beyond race (November 6, 2013)