Robert E. Lee Bob Pettit is a former professional basketball player who played for the Milwaukee Hawks under the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played as a power forward for the Hawks and his jersey number was 9.
Petit completed his schooling from the Baton Rouge High School where he also represented the school team in different basketball tournaments. He also led the school team to achieve their first state championship in 20 years. After completing his high school Petit received a basketball scholarship from the Louisiana State University.
Along with his college Petit played in the southeastern conference games from the LSU basketball team. His average during his 3 years stay at the university was 27.8 ppg. In 1954 Petit was drafted to the Milwaukee Hawks, a NBA national team. He played his debut season in 1955. He averaged 20.4 ppg and 13.8 rpg at the end of the season which was a very good performance by a fresher.
From 1955 to 1964 he was the star of the St. Louis Hawks. Together with Cliff Hagan and Lenny Wilkens they had a great ten years.
The following season Petit was at his best by scoring at an average of 25.7 and also led the league with the highest number of rebounds per game. In 1958 Petit along with two new signings Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan went on to clinch the NBA championship by overcoming the Boston Celtics in the finals. Petit scored a record breaking 50 points in the final playoffs in a 110-109 victory.
In the 1958-59 season he led the scoring board by averaging 29.2 ppg in the regular season. This was one of his best performances. In 1957, 1960 and 1961 the St. Louis Hawks made it to the finals and each time faced the Celtics in the finals. They went down to the Celtics each time they played against them. However Petit achieved a record of 20.3 rebounds per game in the 1961 season and was counted amongst the only 5 men to pass the 20 rpg record. Also he scored his best average in his career achieving 31.1 ppg.
Petit decided to retire in 1965 and was the first player to achieve points more than 20,000. He was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.
1954 Rookie of the year
2 NBA MVP titles
2 times highest NBA scoring champion