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Robert F. "Bobby" Wanzer

Enshrined 1987
New York, NY
June 4, 1921 - January 23, 2016


One of the first NBA players to shoot over 90 percent from the free-throw line, Bobby Wanzer was one of professional basketball's best outside scoring threats. Although the extremely proficient Wanzer shot 90.4 percent in the 1951-52 season, it was his multidimensional game that earned him notoriety. A complete player, he could pass, shoot, dribble, defend, and play hard. An All-NBA Second-Team selection twice who appeared in five All-Star Games, Wanzer spent his entire ten-year pro career with the Rochester Royals coached by Hall of Famer Les Harrison. Wanzer and fellow Hall of Famer Bob Davies were a stunning backcourt team often mentioned alongside the Bob Cousy-Bill Sharman tandem. The Wanzer-Davies duo helped bring Rochester an NBA championship in 1951.

Career Highlights

NBA championship with Rochester Royals, 1951
Led the league in free-throw percentage, 90.4 in 1952
NBA All-Star, 1952-56
NBA Most Valuable Player, 1953