Dave Bing

Dave Bing

Elected mayor of Detroit in May 2009, former professional basketball player
Date of Birth: 24.11.1943
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Dave Bing
  2. Early Life and College Career
  3. NBA Career
  4. Post-Basketball Career and Political Involvement

Biography of Dave Bing

Dave Bing, a former professional basketball player, was elected as the mayor of Detroit in May 2009. Prior to his political career, Bing had a successful stint in the NBA, primarily playing for the Detroit Pistons. He participated in the All-Star Game seven times and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. The Detroit Pistons retired his jersey number 21 in his honor.

Dave Bing

Early Life and College Career

Dave Bing was born on November 24, 1943, in Washington, D.C. He displayed his basketball potential early on, earning a collection of regional and national awards during his high school years. In 1962, Bing was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team, showcasing his skills as one of the best players in the country. He attended Syracuse University, where he played for the university's basketball team. In his sophomore year, Bing emerged as a leading scorer, averaging 22.2 points per game. He continued to improve, averaging 23.2 points per game in 1965 and 28.4 points per game in his senior year in 1966, ranking fifth in the country. In 1966, Bing became the first Syracuse player in 39 years to be selected to the All-American Team.

Dave Bing

NBA Career

Dave Bing's playing style was unconventional for his time. As a point guard, he excelled at organizing his team's offense while also scoring more points than other players in his position. It was often joked that basketball should be played with two balls to accommodate Bing and his backcourt partner, Jimmy Walker. In the 1966 NBA draft, Bing was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round. In his rookie season, he averaged 20 points per game and was named the Rookie of the Year. The following season, Bing became the NBA's leading scorer, averaging 27.1 points per game. Throughout his 12 seasons in the league, Bing averaged 20.3 points and 6 assists per game.

Bing was a frequent participant in the NBA All-Star Game, making appearances in 1968, 1969, and from 1971 to 1976. In his final All-Star Game, he was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was also selected to the NBA All-First Team in 1968 and 1969. After his time with the Pistons, Bing played for the Washington Bullets for two seasons and the Boston Celtics for one season before retiring at the end of the 1977-1978 season.

Post-Basketball Career and Political Involvement

After retiring from basketball, Dave Bing became a successful businessman. He founded The Bing Group, a company based in the Detroit area that supplied stamped metal products to the automotive industry.

On October 16, 2008, Bing announced his candidacy for the position of mayor of Detroit. He won the preliminary elections on February 24, 2009, and was elected mayor on May 5. Bing took office to complete the term of the previous mayor, who had resigned after being charged with perjury. Bing served as mayor until the end of his term.

Dave Bing's journey from a basketball superstar to a successful businessman and politician showcases his versatility and determination in various fields.