Robert F. "Bobby" Wanzer
One of the first NBA players to shoot over 90 percent from the free throw line, Bobby Wanzer was one of professional basketball’s greatest outside scoring threats. Although the extremely proficient Wanzer shot 90.4 percent during the 1951-52 season, his multidimensional game really earned him his 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 contests, Wanzer spent his entire ten-year pro career with the Rochester Royals and ranked in the top ten in scoring three times. Wanzer and fellow Hall of Famer Bob Davies were a stunning backcourt duo often mentioned alongside the Boston Celtics tandem of Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman. The Wanzer-Davies duo helped bring Rochester an NBA championship in 1951 in a tough series with the New York Knicks that went to seven games.
BornJune 04, 1921 New York, NY
DiedJanuary 23, 2016
Professional CareerCincinnati Royals Rochester Royals