Born in Washinton, DC in 1943, Dave attended Spingarn High School, where he played basketball, developing into a double-digits per game scorer, noted for his jump shot and knack for driving to the basket. Bing was a three-year letter winner, all–Inter High, all-Metro, and all-East member. In 1962, he was featured in Parade magazine and made the All-American Team.
College. Bing attended Syracuse University, where he was once roommates with Jim Boeheim. He led the Orangemen in scoring as a sophomore (22.2) in 1964, as a junior (23.2) in 1965, and as a senior (28.4) in 1966. During his senior year, Bing was fifth in the nation in scoring and was Syracuse's first consensus All-American in 39 years. He was also named to The Sporting News All-America First Team and was named Syracuse Athlete of the Year.
After being selected 2nd overall in the 1966 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, Bing scored 1,601 points (20.0 points per game), and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award while also being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The next year, he led the NBA in scoring with 2,142 points (27.1 points per game). While with the Pistons, he played in seven NBA All-Star Games (1968, 1969, 1971–1975), and was named to the All-NBA First Team twice in 1968 and 1969. Bing also played for the Washington Bullets (1975-77) and Boston Celtics (1977-78). He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.