Sports Flashback- Dave Bing
Do you remember Dave Bing? He played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Detroit Pistons between the years of 1966–1975. In 1996 he was named as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of all time. Before the Pistons, did you know he played for Syracuse?
Bing attended Syracuse University where he was roommates with Jim Boeheim. 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. During his senior year, Bing was fifth in the nation in scoring and was Syracuse’s first All-American in 39 years. He was named to The Sporting News All-America First Team and was named Syracuse Athlete of the Year.
In 1966, Bing joined the NBA as a second overall first-round pick of the Detroit Pistons. During his rookie year he scored 1,601 points (20.0 points per game) and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. With the Pistons, he played in seven NBA All-Star Games: 1968, 1969, 1971–1976, and won the 1976 NBA All-Star Game MVP Award. He was named to the All-NBA First Team twice in 1968 and 1969.
After his career with the Detroit Pistons, Bing went on to spend two years with the Washington Bullets and one with the Boston Celtics before retiring in the 1978 season. In 1996, he was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players.