Chet Walker, basketball hall of famer, dies at 84

Chet Walker, a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, died at age 84, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.

The seven-time All-Star — who also was a member of the Chicago Bulls Ring of Honor — won an NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1967 and played 13 seasons in the NBA.

Chet Walker of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chet Walker of the Philadelphia 76ers. Getty Images

The 6-foot-7 forward also was a two-time All-American with the Bradley Braves. When he graduated in 1962, he was the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Today, his 1,975 career points ranks fourth on the Braves all-time scoring list. He still leads the school in career double-doubles, notching 54.

He played with the Syracuse Nationals as a 22-year-old rookie in the 1962-63 season before the team relocated and became the Philadelphia 76ers the following season.

Walker died at 86.
Chet Walker of the Bulls (No. 25) battles Dom Smith (Supersonics) for a rebound. Associated Press

Walker, who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2012, played with the 76ers for six seasons (1963-1969) before joining the Bulls for six seasons (1969-1975).

He scored 18,831 points and grabbed 7,314 rebounds in his 1,032-game career, an average of 18.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Leave a Comment