Sonny Dove--1971


An All-American hoopster at St. John’s
University, Lloyd “Sonny” Dove would
play five seasons of professional ball;
two with the Detroit Pistons and three
with his hometown New York Nets of the
American Basketball Association.

The former No. 4 overall pick of the 1967
Draft stumbled with the Pistons where he
netted just three points per game in
limited action. However, in the wide open
landscape of the ABA Dove would
average 13 ppg as the Nets found the
playoffs in two of his three seasons in
New York.

What a great basketball name.
Sonny Dove

Editor’s Note: Dove would tragically die in
an accident at age 37 while working as a
cab driver to supplement his income from
a broadcasting career. He was inducted
into the New York City Basketball Hall of
Fame in 2011.