Date of Birth:12 December 1932
Born At: Baton Rouge, LA USA
NBA Experience :11 seasons
- NBA Rookie of the Year (1955)
- All-NBA First Team (1955-64)
- All-NBA Second Team (1965)
- NBA MVP (1956, 1959)
- Eleven-time NBA All-Star (1955-65)
- NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1956 after scoring 20 points with 24 rebounds; 1958 after scoring 28 points with
26 rebounds; 1962 after scoring 25 points with 27 rebounds
- NBA co-MVP in 1959 after scoring 25 points with 16 rebounds
- Holds single-game All-Star records for most rebounds (27); most rebounds in one quarter (10, 1962)
- Shares single-game record for most rebounds in one half (16, 1962)
- Scored 20,880 points (26.4 ppg) in 792 professional games, best in league history when he retired); was the
first to reach 20,000 points
- Ranks fifth all-time in career scoring average, ninth in free throws made and attempted (6,182 of 8,119)
- Scored 50 points against the Boston on April 12, 1958 when the St. Louis Hawks defeated the Celtics 110-109 to win the franchises first and only NBA championship on. In that game, Pettit scored 19 of the Hawks’ 21 points.
- Scored a career-high 57 points against Detroit (Feb. 18, 1961)
- Led the league in scoring in 1956 (25.7 ppg) and 1959 (29.2 ppg)
- Averaged 25.5 ppg in 88 playoff games-ninth best in history
- Holds NBA Finals single-game records for most free throws made (19) and attempted (24) against Boston (April 9, 1958)
- Shares NBA Finals single-game record for most free throws attempted in one quarter (11) against Boston (April 9, 1958)
- Grabbed 12,849 rebounds (16.2 rpg) in 792 professional games, best in league history when he retired
- Led the league in rebounding in 1956 (1,164, 16.2 rpg)
- Grabbed 1,000 or more rebounds in nine straight seasons, 1955-56 to 1964-64.
- Averaged 16.2 rebounds per game over a career, third best in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.
- Atlanta Hawks all-time leading rebounder (12,849)
- NBA championship with St. Louis Hawks (1958)
- NBA 25th Anniversary All-Time Team (1970)
- NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team (1980)
- NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)
Bob Pettit biography
Although he averaged 27.4 points a game in his college career at Louisiana State University and was an All-American center in 1953 and 1954, there was much doubt about whether he could succeed in the NBA. At 6-foot-9 and 205 pounds, he was considered too slender to be a real star.
Pettit answered doubters by averaging 20.4 points per game and was named the league’s 1954-55 rookie of the year as a forward with the Milwaukee Hawks. He used a soft, accurate jump shot to score from outside, and he used cleverness, speed and agility to get past bigger defenders to score from close in and to out-maneuver them for rebounds.
The Hawks moved to St. Louis in 1956 and Pettit led them to their first NBA championship in 1957-58, scoring 50 points in a 110-109 victory over the Boston Celtics in the final game of the championship series.
The league’s most valuable player in 1956 and 1959, Pettit led the NBA in scoring both seasons with averages of 25.7 and 29.2 points per game. He was also the league’s leading rebounder in 1955-56 with 16.2 per game.
Pettit retired in 1965 after averaging more than 20 points a game in each of his 11 NBA seasons, with a high of 31.1 in 1961-62. At the time, he held NBA records for most career points with 20,880, was third in career rebounds with 12,849, and was fifth in scoring average with 26.4 per game. Pettit was selected for the NBA Silver Anniversary Team in 1971.
Pettit was named to the All-NBA first team ten years in a row, beginning with his rookie season, and he never missed an All-Star game in his eleven seasons.