A noted aggressive defensive basketball player, Bill Bridges strung together a very fine NBA career, 1962-1975. As a fact, his all-around play helped his teams reach the playoffs in 12 of the 13 seasons he played.
Bill Bridges made the second team All-Defensive NBA Team two straight seasons, 1968-69 and 1969-70. He was also a very solid shooter, 11012 career points, 4181 FGM in 9463 FGA, a nice .442 percentage, and averaged 11.9 points per game. And, he pulled down 11054 rebounds in 926 regular season games for a 11.9 rpg average.
Bill Bridges led the NBA in personel fouls with 366 in 1969-70. And, although he was only 6-ft 6-inches he ranked in the top-10 in rebounding almost every year of his career, and in 1969-70 pulled in 14.4 rebounds per game, the fourth highest in the NBA, trailing Basketball Hall of Famers Elvin Hayes, 16.9 rpg, Wes Unseld, 16.7, and Lew Alcindor (Abdul-Jabbar), 14.5.