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17. Walter Davis
Walter Davis was one of the best shooters n the history of the league.  He predated the heavy influence of the 3-point line or he may have been that generations Reggie Miller.  A great career at North Carolina was followed by an even better pro career primarily for the Phoenix Suns that got him elected to six All-Star teams.  Davis averaged almost 19 points a game and came up just short of the magical 20,000 point mark.


Should Walter Davis be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 82.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 1.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Pineville, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 1998
  • Position: Shooting Guard, Small Forward
  • Played For: Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers
  • College: North Carolina
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 5th Overall in 1977
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All-NBA Second Team (2) (1977-78 & 1978-79)
    NBA All-Star Teams (6) (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984 & 1987)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1977-78)
    All-Rookie First Team (1977-78)
    NBA Championship Rings: None
    Olympic Gold Medal (1) (U.S.A., 1976)
    All-ACC First Team (1) (1977)
    All-ACC Second Team (1) (1976)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Points (2) (1977-78 & 1978-79)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points Per Game (2) (1977-78 & 1978-79)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (3) (1977-78, 1978-79 & 1979-80)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Percentage (4) (1983-84, 1987-88, 1988-89 & 1989-90)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Percentage (3) (1977-78, 1978-79 & 1979-80)
    Top Ten Finishes: Effective Field Goal Percentage (3) (1977-78, 1978-79 & 1979-80)
    Top Ten Finishes: True Shooting Percentage (2) (1978-79 & 1979-80)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (3) (1977-78, 1978-79 & 1986-87)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Attempts (1) (1986-87)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goals (3) (1977-78, 1978-79 & 1986-87)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (1) (1986-87)
    Top Ten Finishes: 3-Point Field Goal Attempts (1) (1983-84)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (3) (1977-78, 1978-79 & 1979-80)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (1) (1977-78)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (1) (1978-79)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Box Plus/Minus (1) (1978-79)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (1) (1978-79)
    Top Ten Finishes: Usage Percentage (6) (1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1985-86, 1986-87 & 1989-90)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 32.  2-Point Field Goals: 7,691
    35.  Usage Percentage: 27.4
    40.  2-Point Field Goal Attempts: 15,294
    43.  Field Goals: 8,118
    52.  Field Goal Attempts: 15,871
    58.  Points: 19,521
    65.  Free Throw Percentage: .851
    82.  Steals: 1,280
    96.  Points per Game: 18.9

Should Walter Davis be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 82.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.6%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 1.5%

Comments   

+1 #2 Dane 2015-01-23 22:54
You can make a great case for Davis, who was a college star, the leading scorer on the 76 Olympic team and was a fantastic ballplayer for Phoenix. I think what hurts him is the fact that he later had a drug problem and that Phoenix was always a middle of the pack team.

Davis was easily the fastest player I've ever seen. He could dribble and run faster than most players could run without the ball. He also was a good passer, a decent rebounder and an underrated defender. I think he should get in eventually.
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0 #1 Matt 2013-03-22 05:26
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