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Adolph "Dolph" Schayes

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 percentage three times. In a 16-year career that spanned the NBA's infant years to the modern era, Schayes led his team into the playoffs 15 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 when he retired.

Enshrined

1973

Born

May 19, 1928 New York, NY

Died

December 10, 2015

College

New York University

Professional Career

Philadelphia 76ers Buffalo Braves Syracuse Nationals

Career Stats

6' 7" HEIGHT
C/PF POSITION
12x NBA ALLSTAR
6x ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
6x ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
1x NBA REBOUNDING LEADER