David Bing was born Novermber 24, 1943 in Washington, DC. Bing is a retired Hall of Fame basketall player, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and businessman. After starring at Syracuse University, Bing played 12 seasons in the NBA as a point guard for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets, and Boston Celtics. During his career, he averaged over 20 points and six assists per game and made seven NBA All-Star Game appearances, winning the game's Most Valuable Player award in 1976.
The Pistons celebrated his career accomplishments with the retirement of his #21 jersey. In addition, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all-time. Bing founded Bing Steel, a processing company that earned him the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year award in 1984. Soon the business grew into the multimillion-dollar Detroit-based conglomerate, the Bing Group, one of the largest steel companies in Michigan.
Bing entered Detroit politics as a Democrat in 2008, announcing his intentions to run for mayor in the city's non-partisan primary to finish the term of Kwame Kilpatrick, who had resigned amid a corruption scandal. After winning the primary, Bing then defeated Interim Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. and was sworn in as mayor in May 2009. Later that year, Bing was re-elected to a full term.
Throughout his life, Dave Bing has been committed to giving back to his community through various charitable endeavors and initiatives. He has been involved in mentoring and educational programs to empower the youth and promote positive change.
Dave Bing's legacy extends far beyond his basketball career, as he continues to be admired for his contributions to sports, business, and public service. He remains an inspirational figure for his dedication to excellence both on and off the court.