David Wingate (basketball)
|No. 25, 55, 11, 26|
|Shooting guard / Small forward|
December 15, 1963 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Paul Laurence Dunbar
|NBA draft||1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Pro playing career||1986–2001|
|1989–1991||San Antonio Spurs|
|1998–2000||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||4,166 (5.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,420 (1.9 rpg)|
|Assists||1,376 (1.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school and college career
Wingate played high school basketball for the Dunbar Poets of Dunbar High School, where he played alongside fellow NBA players Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Lewis, and Reggie Williams. The 1981-82 Poets finished the season at 29-0, and the following year, after Wingate's graduation, finished 31-0 and were ranked first in the nation by USA Today. At the end of his senior season, it was expected Wingate would attend the University of Maryland, but instead he decided to attend Georgetown University.
As a freshman for the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team during the 1982-83 season, Wingate was named to the Big East Conference all-rookie team. The following season, he made the transition from a guard/forward hybrid to playing primarily at the shooting guard position, as the small forward position was filled be incoming freshmen and fellow Dunbar alum Reggie Williams. During his sophomore year, Wingate led the team in steals, scored about 11 points per game, en route to Georgetown winning the 1984 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Wingate's junior season saw Georgetown miss repeating as national champions, losing to Villanova University in the final of the 1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. It also was one of Wingate's best defensive seasons, earning career high totals in assists and steals, and leading the team with 16 points in their championship matchup against Villanova. He averaged 16 points a game in his senior year, trailing only Williams, and played 1,000 minutes without being fouled out. Upon graduation, Wingate was the Hoya's third all-time leading scorer behind Eric Floyd and Patrick Ewing.
Wingate had a 15-year NBA career spanning from 1986 to 2001. He was selected in the second round with the 44th pick of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. His selection in the second round surprised some, with 76ers coach Matt Guokas saying, "In a lot of people's eyes, he was a first-round pick." and that he was "one of the people we would have considered" had they not traded their first round pick. After fighting for a spot on the 76ers roster, Wingate made his debut on November 2, 1986. He played nine minutes in his debut against the Atlanta Hawks, and made his first start against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 10, 1987, scoring 22 points in 46 minutes. He finished the season having played in 77 games, averaging two assists and 8.8 points per game.
He played for the San Antonio Spurs, Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle SuperSonics and New York Knicks. Wingate retired with the Sonics in 2001, after having played a total of 28 games in his final three NBA seasons.
During his time with the Spurs, Wingate was accused of raping first a 17-year-old woman, and a couple of days later a 21-year-old. No charges were filed.
- "Georgetown Basketball History: The Top 100 - 11. David Wingate". Georgetown Basketball History Project. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- "Dunbar High: Brick House". SLAM Online. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- "Sixers' Wingate Gets the Attention". Sports (Philadelphia Inquirer). July 25, 1986. p. E04.
- "David Wingate 1986-87 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- "David Wingate Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- Wingate Accused, published September 21, 1990