Bill Wennington (born December 26, 1963 in Montreal, Canada) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1985 NBA draft.
A McDonald's All-American coming out of high school in 1981, Wennington attended St. John's University. His numbers grew each of his four seasons from a 3.2 ppg average his freshman season to a 12.9 ppg average as a senior. Along with teammate, and future NBA star, Chris Mullin he helped lead St. John's to the NC Finals n each of his four years.
Upon graduation, Wennington was St. John's all-time leader in field goal percentage and was second in blocks and games. He was named second-team all-Big East and honorable mention All-America as a senior.
He played five seasons for the Mavs, where he was a valuable part of the bench as a 7-foot center. He also contibuted to the "glory days" of the 1980s when the Mavs appeared in the postseason for five consecutive seasons. His best season for Dallas came in the 1988-1989 campaign when he appeared in 65 games averaging 4.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg.
When Wennington wasn't in the game, no one created more excitement in the building. He would regularly whip the Reunion Rowdies into a frenzy with his towel-waving from the bench creating a lasting impression in the hearts of Mavs fans.
On June 26, 1990, Wennington was involved in a trade that sent him along with the Indiana Pacer's 1990 first-round draft choice and Dallas's 1990 first-round draft choice to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Rodney McCray, the Kings' 1990 second-round draft choice and Washington's 1991 second-round draft choice.
Wennington spent one season with the Kings, where his stat line improved steadily. He benefited from more playing time and a more functional role with the Kings.
Following one season in Cincinnati, Wennington played two seasons in the Italian Professional League with Virtas (Knorr) of Bologna.
Wennintgon joined the Chicago Bulls after his stint overseas.. In Chicago, he was part of the "Bulls Dynasty" that included teammates such as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin. Wennington was nicknamed the lumberjack for his tall physique and bearded appearance which resembled that of a northwester lumberjack.
He spent six seasons in a Bulls jersey and won three championships with Chicago in 1996, 1997 and 1998. While in the windy city, Wennington became a fan favorite and for a period of time, McDonald's Restaurants in the area offered the Beef Wennington. A quarter-pound burger with cheese, bacon, onions, pickles, mustard and barbeque sauce.
Wennington headed back to Sacramento for the 2000 NBA season and played just seven games before he retired.
A member of both the Quebec and Canadian basketball halls of fame, the website frozenhoops.com selected Wennington as one of the top 100 Canadian Basketball players of all-time. He twice represented Canada in the Olympics, in 1984 and 1992, and was part of Canada's gold medal winning team in the 1983 World University Games that defeated the United States.
Today, Wennington lives with his wife and son in Lake Forest, Illinois and is a color commentator for Chicago Bulls games. He has also authored a book, "Bill Wennington's Tales from the Bulls Hardwood."
Still fond of his days in Dallas, Bill Wennington takes a look back at his days as a Maverick in our Ten Questions With... feature exclusively on Mavswiki.