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Billy Gabor
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Billy the Bullet (1950)
No. 35, 7
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1922-05-13)May 13, 1922
Binghamton, New York
Nationality American
Died June 4, 2019(2019-06-04) (aged 97)
Jupiter, Florida
High school Binghamton Central
(Binghamton, New York)
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
College Syracuse (1942–1943, 1945–1948)
NBA Draft 1948 / Round: — / Pick: —
Selected by the Rochester Royals
Pro career 1948–1955
Career history
1948–1955 Syracuse Nationals
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,997 (9.8 ppg)
Rebounds 448 (1.8 rpg)
Assists 626 (2.0 apg)

William A. Gabor (May 13, 1922 – June 4, 2019) was an American professional basketball player. A 5'11" guard/forward known as "Billy the Bullet", Gabor played collegiately at Syracuse University in the 1940s. He averaged 12.1 points per game during his freshman year before joining the United States Army Air Corps in 1943. He returned to Syracuse in 1945 and played three more seasons, finishing with a (then) team-record 1,344 career points. Gabor's jersey was retired by Syracuse University on March 1, 2009.

Gabor spent his professional career with the Syracuse Nationals of the National Basketball League and later the National Basketball Association. He played with Syracuse until injuries forced him into retirement in 1955. In his NBA career, Gabor averaged 9.8 points per game and logged one NBA All-Star Game appearance. He won a league championship with Syracuse in 1955.

Time at Syracuse University

When Gabor first began playing basketball at Syracuse, there was a freshman and varsity team. He started all the freshmen games and then would suit up for the varsity game. Gabor started his first game on varsity against Cornell in 1942–43 season and scored 22 points. He started every game after that.

Gabor holds many school records, including:

  • Only person to lead the team in scoring all four years they took the court
  • First to score 400 points in a single season
  • First to score over 1,000 points in a career

He held the all-time scoring record until Dave Bing bested it.

On May 1, 2009, Gabor was invited back to the Carrier Dome to see his jersey number 17 retired.

Family

Gabor was married once. He had three children: Bill, Bob and Hallie, and eight grandchildren: Annie, Emily, SarahRose, Malone, Mimi, Jack, Will, and Madison. He last resided in Jupiter, Florida.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1949–50 Syracuse 56 .337 .689 1.9 10.9
1950–51 Syracuse 61 .342 .740 2.5 2.0 11.3
1951–52 Syracuse 57 19.0 .322 .776 1.6 1.5 8.6
1952–53 Syracuse 69 19.4 .350 .764 1.5 1.9 9.4
1953–54 Syracuse 61 19.9 .370 .716 1.6 2.7 9.0
1954–55† Syracuse 3 15.7 .318 .600 1.7 3.7 5.7
Career 307 19.4 .344 .737 1.8 2.0 9.8
All-Star 1 25.0 .000 .000 5.0 2.0 0.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1950 Syracuse 10 .258 .839 2.5 7.6
1951 Syracuse 7 .375 .643 2.9 2.6 9.0
1952 Syracuse 7 11.4 .333 .750 0.9 1.4 4.9
1953 Syracuse 2 14.0 .417 .615 1.5 1.0 9.0
1954 Syracuse 10 19.6 .289 .700 2.8 1.9 7.6
Career 307 19.4 .344 .737 1.8 2.0 9.8

See also

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