David Wingate (basketball)

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David Wingate
No. 25, 55, 11, 26
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1963-12-15) December 15, 1963 (age 50)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Paul Laurence Dunbar
(Baltimore, Maryland)
College Georgetown (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro playing career 1986–2001
Career history
19861989 Philadelphia 76ers
19891991 San Antonio Spurs
1991–1992 Washington Bullets
19921995 Charlotte Hornets
19951998 Seattle SuperSonics
19982000 New York Knicks
2000–2001 Seattle SuperSonics
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

David Grover Stacey Wingate, Jr. (born December 15, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. The shooting guard/small forward spent 15 years in the NBA with six teams.

High school and college career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

Professional career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] He finished the season having played in 77 games, averaging two assists and 8.8 points per game.[5]

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.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Georgetown Basketball History: The Top 100 - 11. David Wingate". Georgetown Basketball History Project. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Dunbar High: Brick House". SLAM Online. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Sixers' Wingate Gets the Attention". Sports (Philadelphia Inquirer). July 25, 1986. p. E04. 
  4. ^ "David Wingate 1986-87 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  5. ^ "David Wingate Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  6. ^ Wingate Accused, published September 21, 1990

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