David Bing (born November 24, 1943, in Washington, D.C.) is a retired American professional Basketball player in the NBA, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. AnAll-Star, he went on to spend two years with the Washington Bullets and one with the Boston Celtics before retiring at the conclusion of the 1977-78 season.
High school and collegeEdit
Dave Bing's career began in 1959 at Spingarn, Washington D.C. high school, where he was a three-year letter winner, all-Inter High, All-Metro, and All-East member. In 1962, Bing was in Parade magazine and made the All-American Team. He attended Syracuse University, where he led the Orangemen in scoring as a sophomore (22.2) in 1964, as a junior (23.2) in 1965, and as a senior (28.4) in 1966. Bing was 5th in the nation in scoring his senior year, and was Syracuse's first consensus All-American in 39 years. He was also named to The Sporting News All-America First Team, and was named Syracuse Athlete Of The Year. His number 22 is retired at Syracuse. Bing was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity.
In 1966 Bing joined the NBA as a first round pick of the Detroit Pistons, where in his rookie year he scored 1,601 points (20.0 points per game) and was named the NBA Rookie Of The Year]. The next year, he used his sweet shooting touch to lead the NBA in scoring with 2,142 points (27.1 points per game). Bing averaged 20.3 points and 6 assists per game in his 12 NBA seasons, played in seven NBA All-Star Games (1968, 1969, 1971-1976, and winning the 1976 NBA All-Star Game MVP Award), was named to the All-NBA First Team twice in 1968 and 1969, and was elected to the Basketball.
His playing style was somewhat unusual for the time. As the point guard he functioned as the playmaker distributing the ball, but also did more shooting and scoring than most others who had this position. At one time a current joke about him and his backcourt partner, Jimmy Walker (basketball), was that it was a shame they could only play the game with one ball at a time.
Life after basketballEdit
Bing went on to become a successful businessman, founding The Bing Group (http://www.binggroup.com/) in the Detroit area after his retirement. The company, among other things, supplies metal stampings to the auto industry. At the 1990 NBA All-Star Game, he received the Schick Achievement Award for his work after his NBA career. His number 21 was retired by the Detroit Pistons, and in 1996, he was named as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all time.
On October 16th, 2008, Dave Bing announced that he would be a candidate for Mayor of Detroit in the February 2009 primary.
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