Defensive machine dominated the courts.
A native of Detroit, DeBusschere spent his first six seasons with the Pistons, averaging a career-high 18.2 points to go along with 11.8 rebounds per game in 1966-67.
DeBusschere became the youngest coach in NBA history when he was named player-coach of the Detroit Pistons at age 24 in 1964-65, just his third NBA season. He struggled in that dual role, compiling a 79-143 record as player-coach but was nonetheless effective as a standout player with the Pistons.
An incredible athlete, DeBusschere also pitched for the Chicago White Sox for two seasons (1962-63) before turning his attention fully to the NBA.
DeBusschere was traded to the New York Knicks in 1968, and alongside fellow Hall of Famers Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Earl Monroe and Bill Bradley, helped lead the team to NBA titles in 1970 and ’73. The Knicks also reached another Finals in 1972.
DeBusschere averaged 19 ppg and 12.6 rpg as the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to win the title in 1970. He then posted 15.6 ppg and 11.6 rpg in The 1973 Finals, when the Knicks beat the Lakers in five games.
Always a prolific rebounder, DeBusschere averaged a double-double (16.1 ppg, 11 rpg) over his 12-year career. His No. 22 is retired by the Knicks.