Walter Davis, a six-time NBA All-Star whose jersey quantity was retired by the Phoenix Suns, died Thursday on the age of 69.
Davis was a school star with the North Carolina Tar Heels, the place he performed for the legendary head coach Dean Smith. The varsity — the place Walter’s nephew Hubert Davis is now head coach of the basketball program — introduced Walter’s demise Thursday.
Davis died in Charlotte, North Carolina, of pure causes whereas visiting household, in accordance with the college’s launch.
Drafted fifth total within the 1977 NBA Draft by the Suns, Davis received Rookie of the Yr after tallying a median of 24.2 factors per recreation, in accordance with NBA.com. Out of his 16 seasons, Davis performed 11 with Phoenix, who despatched his No. 6 into retirement in 1994.
We’re heartbroken by the passing of Suns legend Walter Davis, the franchise’s all-time main scorer and a member of our Ring of Honor.
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After his run with the Phoenix Suns, Davis performed three seasons for the Denver Nugget and one for the Portland Path Blazers earlier than heading again to Denver within the 1992-93 season to shut out his profession. (RELATED: Legendary Faculty Basketball Coach Bob Knight Useless At 83)
On the College of North Carolina, Davis was a dominant pressure as a pacesetter of one of many prime applications within the nation. In 1977, Davis helped carry the Tar Heels to the nationwide championship recreation, the place they misplaced to Marquette.