Bob Davies


PG | 6-foot-1 | Harrisburg, Pa. | Seton Hall University | #11

KEY FACTS:
WWII Veteran
All-NBA First Team (4 straight years)
Originated behind-the-back dribble
1951 NBA Champion
CAREER STATS:
PPG: 14.3
RPG: 2.9
APG: 4.9

The oldest and probably least well-known jersey hanging from the rafters of Sleep Train Arena is No. 11 — belonging to Bob Davies.

Playing for the Rochester Royals from 1948-55, he starred at a time when professional basketball was still relatively new.

Attending Seton Hall University, Davies originally entered school on a baseball scholarship and was even signed by the Boston Red Sox. After being convinced to play basketball, Davies began to excel and became known for his behind-the-back dribble—earning the nickname, “Harrisburg Houdini.”

Following college, Davies joined the military and fought in World War II. He arrived back in the U.S. and began to play basketball professionally. In 1946, he captured a national title with the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League. The following season, he earned MVP honors for the 1946-47 campaign. As if a pro basketball career wasn’t enough, Davies also coached his alma mater for a season in 1947.

During 1948-49, the Royals point guard led the BAA (Basketball Association of America) in total assists. The BAA merged with the NBL in 1949 to create the NBA, marking a stint in Davies’ career where he was selected to the All-NBA First Team four-straight seasons. During that span he also helped guide the Royals to the 1951 NBA Championship – a banner that also hangs proudly in the team’s home venue today.

After a short but successful career, Davies retired in 1955 at the age of 35. He continued his involvement with basketball by coaching Gettysburg College for two post-retirement years. His legacy was celebrated in 1971, as he was one of only ten players chosen for the NBA’s 25th Anniversary Team — a true hoops pioneer who played the game with flair.













CAREER SEASON AVERAGES
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
1948-49 Rochester 60 .364 .776 5.4 3.30 15.1
1949-50 Rochester 64 .357 .752 4.6 2.90 14.0
1950-51 Rochester 63 .372 .795 3.1 4.6 3.30 15.2
1951-52 Rochester 65 36.8 .383 .776 2.9 6.0 4.10 16.2
1952-53 Rochester 66 33.6 .385 .753 3.0 4.2 4.00 15.6
1953-54 Rochester 72 29.7 .371 .718 2.7 4.5 3.10 12.3
1954-55 Rochester 72 26.0 .415 .751 2.8 4.9 3.10 12.1
Career 462 31.3 .378 .759 2.9 4.9 3.40 14.3
All-Star 4 25.0 .475 .714 3.3 4.3 3.30 12.0

CAREER SEASON TOTALS
Year Team G GS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
1948-49 Rochester 60 317-871 - 270-348 321 197 904
1949-50 Rochester 64 317-887 - 261-347 294 187 895
1950-51 Rochester 63 326-877 - 303-381 197 287 208 955
1951-52 Rochester 65 2,394 379-990 - 294-379 189 390 269 1,052
1952-53 Rochester 66 2,216 339-880 - 351-466 195 280 261 1,029
1953-54 Rochester 72 2,137 288-777 - 311-433 194 323 224 887
1954-55 Rochester 72 1,870 326-785 - 220-293 205 355 220 872
Career 462 8,617 2,292-6,067 - 2,010-2,647 980 2,250 1,566 6,594
All-Star 4 75 19-40 - 10-14 13 17 13 48