David Bing

Basketball Player/ Businessman/ Politician

After 12 seasons in the NBA—mostly as a Detroit Piston—David Bing became the Mayor of Motown in 2009. His was a special election to fulfill Kwame Kilpatrick’s vacated seat, after the embattled Kilpatrick was convicted of perjury and resigned in a plea bargain agreement. The retired point guard, who also spent two years with the Washington Bullets and one with the Boston Celtics, was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All Time. Off the court he was a businessman. In 1980 he opened Bing Steel, which later became the Bing Group, a multimillion dollar conglomerate that supplies metal stampings to the automobile industry. Bing’s term as mayor of Detroit ended in December 2013.