Bob Dandridge was a paragon of how swingmen should play basketball. He brought swiftness and hustle on both sides of the court. He guarded some of the 1970s best ballplayers night in and night out to wonderful results. Julius Erving, George Gervin, Jerry West, John Havlicek and others felt the lithe wrath of Dandridge’s defense. Of course, one never shuts down players of that caliber, but Dandridge more often than not held them in relative check.
On offense Dandridge was nicknamed “The Greyhound” for his superb ability to leak out on fastbreaks and finish with effortless layups. If the break happened to be stymied, or never existed, Dandridge possessed a sweet midrange jump shot to wreck opposing defenses. He also utilized controlled bursts of his lightning speed by making great baseline cuts and curls to strike at the basket.
Dandridge played on two of the best teams of the 1970s: the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Bullets.
His Bucks heyday was during the first half of the decade where made a surprising appearance on the All-Rookie 1st Team after being taken 45th overall in the 1969 draft. A mere afterthought, basically. He would help guide the Bucks to the title in 1971 and another Finals appearance in 1974. Joining the Bullets for the 1977-78 season, Dandridge repeated his Milwaukee success with a title in 1978 and another Finals appearance in 1979. His veteran savvy was the final missing piece for a Bullets team that routinely flamed out in the postseason before his arrival.
He’s one of the few players in NBA history to average 20 or more points per game in 3 or more NBA Finals series. That illustrates that when the going got tough, Dandridge raised his level of play. He remains supremely under-appreciated even by the Bucks who have yet to retire his jersey number even though Dandridge litters their all-time records and has played more minutes than any person in Bucks history.
In his own playing days Dandridge wasn’t lauded all that much. He made a mere three All-Star teams, a single All-NBA team, and only one appearance on the All-Defensive team. Dandridge is an exemplary case of how the accolades and recognition don’t always measure up to the contributions a player actually made and the greatness they actually achieved.
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Seasons Played: 1970 – 1982
2x Champion (1971, 1978)
All-NBA 2nd Team (1979)
All-Defensive 1st Team (1979)
4x All-Star (1973, 1975-’76, 1979)
NBA – 839 Games
18.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 48.4% FG, 78.0% FT