William Walton "Bill" Sharman
(born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas
) is a former professional basketball
player and coach. Sharman completed high school in the rural city of Porterville, California
and is mostly known for his time with the Boston Celtics
in the 1950s, partnering with Bob Cousy
in what some consider the greatest backcourt duo of all time. While Cousy was primarily the playmaker, Sharman was the shooter.
Sharman played professional baseball
in the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league
system. He was called up to the Dodgers late in the 1951
season but did not appear in a game; as a result of a September 27 game in which the entire Brooklyn bench was ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire, Sharman holds the distinction of being the only player to have ever been ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one.
Sharman was one of the first guards to shoot better than .400 from the field. He led the NBA in free throw percentage seven times, and his mark of 93.2% in the 1958–59 season
remained the NBA record until Ernie DiGregorio
topped it in 1976–77. Sharman still holds the record for consecutive free throws in the playoffs with 56. Sharman was named to the All-NBA First Team from 1956 through 1959, and was an All-NBA Second Team member in 1953, 1955, and 1960. Sharman played in eight NBA All-Star games, and was named the 1955 NBA All-Star Game
MVP. Sharman ended his career after 11 seasons in 1961
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