PLAYER PROFILE

BOBBY McDERMOTT

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Bobby McDermott attended high school in Flushing, New York before he burst onto the pro basketball scene during the 1934-35 season.  As a brash 20-year-old rookie, McDermott finished second in American Basketball League scoring and led the Brooklyn Visitation to the American Basketball League championship. He won the ABL scoring title in his second season and once again led the Visitation into the finals where they extended the Philadelphia SPHAS to seven games before losing. From 1936 to 1939, McDermott toured with the Original Celtics. He signed with the Baltimore Bullets for the 1939-40 season and captured his second ABL scoring crown. He returned to the Original Celtics in 1940-41. By the beginning of the 1940’s, McDermott was established as the best set-shooter of the era. He was famed for his trademark maneuver where he faked and stepped backwards before shooting. He delivered his two- handed set shot from up to 30 feet away from basket with an extremely high arch on his shots. McDermott was very strong, not particularly fast, but still could drive to the basket for points. In 1941, McDermott signed with Fred Zollner’s’ Fort Wayne Pistons of the National Basketball League.  His five seasons with the Pistons were years of personal and team triumphs. McDermott won top individual scoring honors once, finished second on four other occasions and was the league’s MVP all five seasons. The Pistons won three league championships and three World Pro Tournament titles. By early in the 1946-47 season, the combative McDermott had worn out his welcome in Fort Wayne and he was sold to Chicago Gears. He joined his new team about the same time as 6′ 10″ rookie George Mikan who had been holding out in a salary dispute. Together, they led Chicago to 1 7 wins in their last 23 regular season games and on to the NBL championship. McDermott spent two more seasons in the NBL shuffling between three teams. When the NBL and Basketball Association of America merged at the beginning of the 1949-50 none of the seventeen team chose to sign McDermott. He spent the 1949-50 season in the minors before he signed for the 1950-51 season as player-coach of Grand Rapids in the newly-formed National Professional Basketball League. After just five games, McDermott was banished from the league for a volcanic outburst of temper that included tearing off a dressing room door. McDermott cut a swashbuckling path through life. On court he was an angry, combative, driven figure who rode teammates unmercifully and battled opponents ruthlessly in his unbridled desire to win. Off the court, he was a moody, brawling, hard-drinking man. As a player, McDermott accomplishments were huge. He led leagues in scoring three times and finished second five times. He played on four league championship teams and three World Pro Tournament champions. He was the greatest player in the twelve-year history of the NBL and among the top five professional players of the first fifty years of the game. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.

 

BOBBY McDERMOTT Height: 6:00 Weight: 190 College: None
Robert Frederick McDermott Born: Jan 11, 1914 Died: Oct 3, 1963 Hometown: Flushing, NY
Brother of Milt McDermott REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1933-34 Long Island Imps Indep
1934-35 Long Island Imps Indep
1934-35 Brooklyn ABL 19 69 31 169 8.9
1935-36 Brooklyn ABL 40 157 68 382 9.6
1935-36 Tunkhannock PSL 23 112 72 296 12.9
1936-37 Paterson/Brooklyn ABL 4 20 11 51 12.8
1936-37 Original Celtics Indep
1937-38 Original Celtics Indep
1938-39 Original Celtics Indep
1939-40 Baltimore ABL 31 130 81 341 11.0
1940-41 Baltimore ABL 2 8 3 19 9.5
1940-41 Original Celtics Indep
1941-42 Fort Wayne NBL 21 115 47 79 .595 277 13.2
1942-43 Fort Wayne NBL 23 132 52 82 .634 316 13.7
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 22 123 60 80 .750 306 13.9
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 30 258 87 128 .680 603 20.1
1945-46 Fort Wayne NBL 34 184 90 119 .756 458 13.5
1946-47 Fort WayneChicago NBL 41 182 99 141 .702 463 11.3
1947-48 Chicago PBLA 8 65 10 14 .714 140 17.5
1947-48 SheboyganTri-Cities NBL 53 245 97 132 .735 587 11.1
1948-49 Tri-CitiesHammond NBL 63 226 121 164 .738 573 9.1
1949-50 Wilkes-Barre ABL 36 93 59 81 .728 30 245 6.8
1950-51 Grand Rapids NPBL 5 16 7 10 .700 39 7.8
Major League Totals 396 1930 864 4724 11.9
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1934-35 Brooklyn ABL 5 24 3 51 10.2
1935-36 Brooklyn ABL 7 28 17 73 10.4
1939-40 Baltimore ABL 4 15 1 31 7.8
1941-42 Fort Wayne NBL 6 28 16 72 12.0
1941-42 Fort Wayne WBT 1 5 4 5 .800 14 14.0
1942-43 Fort Wayne NBL 6 29 16 74 12.3
1942-43 Fort Wayne WBT 4 21 6 9 .667 48 12.0
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 5 27 13 67 13.4
1943-44 Fort Wayne WBT 3 19 6 8 .750 44 14.7
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 7 45 15 105 15.0
1944-45 Fort Wayne WBT 3 17 15 19 .789 49 16.3
1945-46 Fort Wayne NBL 4 7 10 24 6.0
1945-46 Fort Wayne WBT 5 29 15 21 .714 73 14.6
1946-47 Chicago NBL 9 26 22 74 8.2
1947-48 Tri-Cities NBL 7 37 10 84 12.0
1947-48 Tri-Cities WBT 3 7 6 6 1.000 20 6.7
1948-49 Hammond NBL 2 7 5 19 9.5
1949-50 Wilkes-Barre ABL 3 3 1 7 2.3
Major League Totals 81 371 180 922 11.4
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