NBA Legend Chet Walker Dead At 84

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Known as “The Jet” during his playing days due to his speed and named an NBA All-Star on seven occasions, Hall of Fame forward Chet Walker passed away at the age of 84, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame confirmed Saturday.

In the 1962 NBA Draft, Walker was selected by the Syracuse Nationals. When the team relocated to Philadelphia and became the 76ers, he went along with the team. He was a member of the 1966-67 Sixers squad which won 68 regular season games, a record at the time. On top of that, they ended the Boston Celtics’ eight-year championship streak.

On a star-studded team with Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer, Walker put up an average of 19.3 points-per-game and 8.1 rebounds-per-game in the campaign. (RELATED: The Lakers’ Head Coaching Saga Has Taken Another Twist, And At This Point, Nobody Knows What The Hell Is Going On)

Walker was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1969, going on to become a key part of the Bulls’s success, playing with teammates Jerry Sloan, Norm Van Lier and Bob Love. Walker eventually joined Chicago’s Ring of Honor.

Throughout his 13 years in the NBA, Walker had a career average of 18.2 points-per-game and 7.1 rebounds-per-game.

In 2012, Walker was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.