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Bobby "Bingo" Smith

A native of Memphis, TN, Bobby Smith played his college ball at the University of Tulsa. As a senior in 1968-69, “Bingo” led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring with 24 points a game. His effort earned him All-MVC first team honors as well as All-America Accolades from the United Press and the Associate Press. Smith used that later performance as a springboard into the NBA, playing a season with the San Diego Rockets before going to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1970 expansion draft. The 6-6 forward played 10 years with the Cavs and currently is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played. While playing in those 720 games Smith scored 9,513 points for a 13.2 average. His best year, scoring-wise was in 1974-75 when he netted 15.9 points per game. However, “Bingo’s” most memorable season was as a starter on the 1976 “Miracle of Richfield” team. Smith not only helped the Cavs post their first winning season, 49-33, but captured the Central Division title. The Cavs proved the triumph was not a fluke by beating the Washington Bullets in the playoffs before being eliminated by eventual champions, the Boston Celtics. His outstanding career was culminated with the retirement of Smith’s no. 7 jersey. In 1982, Smith was inducted into the Tulsa Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1994 | Basketball