Walter "Walt" Bellamy
One of the most coveted players of his era, Walt Bellamy was an exceptionally skilled offensive force and defensive stopper. "Bells," as he was fondly known, competed against some of the best big men in basketball history. His first season in the NBA resulted in the Rookie of the Year award for his 31-point, 19-rebound output. He appeared in more than 1,000 games during his 14-year pro career and still holds the single-season record for regular season games played at 88. He compiled huge statistical numbers for his time and in all but three seasons, he averaged a double-double in points and rebounds. His career .516 shooting percentage, largely based on the fact that Bellamy operated near the basket, was third best in league annals. Bellamy was a member of the United States Olympic team that won the gold medal in Rome in 1960. When he retired in 1974, Bellamy was sixth all-time in scoring (20,941) and third all-time in rebounding (14,241).
BornJuly 24, 1939 New Bern, NC
DiedNovember 02, 2013
Professional CareerAtlanta Hawks Detroit Pistons New York Knicks Chicago Packers Chicago Zephyrs Baltimore Bullets New Orleans Jazz