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Encyclopedia > Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. Louis Hawks
Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. Louis Hawks

Robert E. Lee "Bob" Pettit (born December 12, 1932 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro 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. Image File history File links Pettitstl. ... Image File history File links Pettitstl. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: Red Stick Motto: Authentic Louisiana at every turn Location Government Country   State     Parish United States   Louisiana     East Baton Rouge Parish Founded Incorporated 1699 16 January 1817 Mayor Melvin Kip Holden Geographical characteristics Area    - City 204. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The Atlanta Hawks are a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ...

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Humble 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. His father, a parish sheriff, pushed him to practice in the backyard of the house until he improved his skills. It worked: Pettit became a starter as a junior, and led Baton Rouge High to its first State Championship in more than 20 years in his senior year. Baton Rouge Magnet High School (BRMHS) is a magnet high school located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ... Sheriff is both a political and a legal office held under English common law, Scots law or U.S. common law, or the person who holds such office. ...


Louisiana State University

After high school, Pettit accepted a scholarship to play at Louisiana State University. He was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and a two-time All American during his three years there. (Freshmen weren't allowed to play varsity basketball in those days.) During those three years, Pettit averaged 27.8 points per game. He was also a member of the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon at LSU. A scholarship is an award of access to an institution or a financial aid award for an individual (a scholar) for the purposes of furthering their education. ... Memorial Tower. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... The term All-American has two uses: It can be used as a reference to an athlete selected as a member of an All_America team, as in Eddie George was named an All-American football player by both wire services in 1995. ... Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ; also pronounced D K E or Deke) is the oldest secret college mens fraternity of New England origin. ...


Pro basketball

In 1954 the Milwaukee Hawks selected Pettit in the first round of the NBA Draft. Many were skeptical about Pettit making the transition from college to the rough-and-tumble NBA. Rookies often struggle adjusting to the pro game, but not Pettit — in 1955 he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after averaging 20.4 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. After this season, the Hawks moved to St. Louis. The following year, Pettit won his first scoring title with a 25.7 average, and led the league in rebounding (1164 for a 16.2 average). He was also named MVP of the NBA All-Star Game after scoring 20 points with 24 rebounds; he won subsequent MVP All-Star Game honors in 1958 and 1962. He also won his first of two NBA MVP awards (the other was in 1959). In 1958 Pettit, Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan led the Hawks to an NBA Championship, defeating the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. (Ironically, the Hawks had acquired Macauley and Hagan from Boston for the draft rights to Russell.) Both teams would also meet in the 1957, 1960 and 1961 Finals, with Boston winning each time. 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Atlanta Hawks are a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The National Basketball Association draft is an annual U.S. event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams can select young players who wish to join the league. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award was first awarded after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ed Macualey (born March 22, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri), is a former professional basketball player. ... Clifford Oldham Hagan (born December 9, 1931 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player. ... William Fenton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a former American basketball player remembered for his central role in the Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in the 13 seasons that he played. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...


Pettit averaged at least 20 points per game and at least 12 rebounds per game in each of his 11 NBA seasons. No other retired player in NBA history has averaged more than 20 points per game in every season they've played (note: Michael Jordan averaged exactly 20 points per game in his final season). In the 1960-61 season, Pettit pulled down more than 20 rebounds per game, making him one of only five players to ever accomplish the feat. In the following season, he scored a career best 31.1 points per game. Pettit ended his career in 1965, becoming the first NBA player to eclipse the 20,000 points mark (20,880 for a 26.4 average). His 12,849 rebounds were second most in league history at the time he retired, and his 16.2 rebounds per game career average remains third only to Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. Pettit was an NBA All-Star in each of his 11 seasons, was named to the All-NBA First Team ten times, and was name to the All-NBA Second Team once. Pettit still holds the top two NBA All-Star Game rebounding performances with 26 in 1958 and 27 in 1962. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Wilt Chamberlain featured on his biography, Wilt: Larger Than Life. ... William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a former American basketball player remembered for his central role in the Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in the 13 seasons, in which he led the Boston Celtics to eight straight championships. ...


Revolutionizing the “power forward”

Pettit is often credited as revolutionizing the power forward position in the NBA. Because of his scoring and rebounding ability, he is considered the predecessor to Elgin Baylor, Jerry Lucas, Elvin Hayes, Bob McAdoo, Kevin McHale, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Kevin Garnett smiles while playing in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... Jerry Lucas as a player of the San Francisco Warriors Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) was a legendary basketball star from the 1950s to the 1970s, and is now a world-renowned memory education expert. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Robert Allen Bob McAdoo (born September 25, 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who spent his fourteen-season career between the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball Association. ... Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. ... Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963 in Leeds, Alabama) is a former American basketball power forward. ... Karl Malone Karl Malone (born July 24, 1963 in Bernice, Louisiana) is a former professional basketball player. ... Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ...

Preceded by:
Andrew Levane
St. Louis Hawks Head Coach
1962
Succeeded by:
Harry Gallatin
National Basketball Association | NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team

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Robert E. Lee "Bob" Pettit (born December 12, 1932 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro basketball player.
Both teams would also met in the 1957, 1960 and 1961 Finals, with Boston winning each time.
Pettit ended his career in 1965, becoming the first NBA player to eclipse the 20,000 points mark.
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