SIXERS GREAT CHET WALKER, STAR ON 1967 SUPER TEAM, PASSES

By Tommy Matthews

Sixers great and Hall of Fame forward Chet Walker, a seven-time NBA All-Star, has died at the age of 84.

Walker was taken by the Syracuse Nationals in the 1962 NBA draft and followed the team when it moved to Philadelphia to become the 76ers.

He was a starter on the 1966-67 Sixers team that won a then-record 68 games in the regular season and ended the eight-year championship streak of the Boston Celtics.

Walker averaged 19.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game that season for a team that also featured Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer and Billy Cunningham.

In 1969, the Sixers traded Walker to the Chicago Bulls. Walker became an integral part of those early Chicago teams along with Bob Love, Jerry Sloan and Norm Van Lier. Walker is a member of the Bulls’ Ring of Honor.

In his 13-year career, Walker averaged 18.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Of that 1962 draft class, only John Havlicek had more win shares than Walker.

A Mississippi native, Walker went to high school in Benton Harbor, Michigan, before attending Bradley University, where he was a two-time All-American and helped the Braves win the 1960 NIT championship.

He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

 

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