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Adolph "Dolph" Schayes

Enshrined 1973
New York, NY
Born: May 19, 1928

Biography

At 6-foot-8, Dolph Schayes was agile and possessed great finesse around the basket. From 1944 to 1948, Schayes popularized the city game while starring under Hall of Fame coach Howard Cann at New York University. He then became one of the NBA's most durable and hard-working athletes. Constantly seeking new ways to improve his game, Schayes practiced his free-throw shooting with a 14-inch diameter hoop, which he fit inside a regulation 18-inch hoop. This tactic helped him lead the NBA in free-throw shooting three times. In a sixteen-year career that spanned the NBA's infant years to the modern era, Schayes led his team into the playoffs fifteen times. Upon his retirement in 1964, he had played in 1,059 games, more than any other player in NBA history. With 19,249 points, he was the NBA's all-time leading scorer.

Career Highlights

All-America at NYU, 1949
Twelve-time NBA All-Star, 1951-62
All-NBA First-Team, 1952-55, 1957-58
NBA championship with Syracuse Nationals, 1955