Bob Pettit

Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit 1962.jpeg
Pettit in 1962
Personal information
Born (1932-12-12) December 12, 1932 (age 86)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolBaton Rouge
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
CollegeLSU (1951–1954)
NBA draft1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Hawks
Playing career1954–1965
PositionPower forward / Center
Number9
Career history
19541965Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points20,880(26.4 ppg)38th All Time
Rebounds12,849 (16.2 rpg)18th All Time
Assists2,369 (3.0 apg)330th All Time
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Robert Lee Pettit Jr. (born December 12, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (1954–1965). He was the first recipient of the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award. He also won the NBA All-Star Game MVP award four times, a feat matched only by Kobe Bryant. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Beginnings

Pettit's basketball career had humble beginnings. At Baton Rouge High School, he was cut from the varsity basketball team as both a freshman and sophomore. He played church league basketball as a sophomore and grew five inches in less than a year. His father, Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish (1932–1936), pushed him to practice in the backyard of the Kemmerly house until he improved his skills. It worked: Pettit became a starter and made the All-City prep team as a junior. As a 6-7 senior, he led Baton Rouge High to its first State Championship in over 20 years. Pettit was then selected to play in a North–South all-star game at Murray, Kentucky.[1]

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