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Encyclopedia > Walter Davis (basketball)
Walter Davis
Position forward/guard
League NBA
Height ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg)
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born September 9, 1954
Pineville, North Carolina
College North Carolina
Draft 5th overall, 1977
Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1977 – 1992
Former teams Phoenix Suns ('78-'88)
Denver Nuggets ('89-'91, '92)
Portland Trail Blazers ('91)
Awards NBA Rookie of the Year (1978)
Olympic medal record
Men's basketball
Gold 1976 Montreal Team

Walter Paul Davis (born September 9, 1954 in Pineville, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. A 6'6" forward/guard, Davis spent 15 years in the National Basketball Association, spending the bulk of those years with the Phoenix Suns. As a standout college player at the University of North Carolina, he was selected to play on the USA men's basketball team coached by UNC's Dean Smith that won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. LeBron James is one of the premier players listed at small forward. ... Shooting guard (SG), also known as “two guard” or “off guard”,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... A foot (plural: feet) is a non-SI unit of distance or length, measuring around a third of a metre. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of length. ... The metre, or meter (US), is a measure of length. ... The pound is the name of a number of units of mass, all in the range of 300 to 600 grams. ... The international prototype, made of platinum-iridium, which is kept at the BIPM under conditions specified by the 1st CGPM in 1889. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pineville is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina located between Charlotte and York County, South Carolina. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... 1977 NBA Draft See also: NBA Draft Round One Notable post-first round picks Categories: | ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The Portland Trail Blazers, or Blazers, are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... Basketball has been played consistently on the Summer Olympics since 1936, with a demonstration event in 1904. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... At the 1976 Summer Olympics two basketball events were contested Overall Basketball rankings at the 1976 Olympics Medal Winners Mens Team Womens Team Categories: Basketball at the Olympics | 1976 Summer Olympics ... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pineville is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina located between Charlotte and York County, South Carolina. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and the national governing body of basketball in United States (USA). ... Dean Edwards Smith (born February 28, 1931) is a retired head coach of men’s college basketball. ... At the 1976 Summer Olympics two basketball events were contested Overall Basketball rankings at the 1976 Olympics Medal Winners Mens Team Womens Team Categories: Basketball at the Olympics | 1976 Summer Olympics ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


The Suns selected Davis with the fifth pick of the 1977 NBA Draft. He made an immediate impact, playing in 81 games and averaging 24.2 points per game in his first season. He won the 1978 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and earned second team All-NBA honors. Over his first ten seasons, Davis averaged over 20 PPG six times, and earned trips to six NBA All-Star Games. 1977 NBA Draft See also: NBA Draft Round One Notable post-first round picks Categories: | ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ...


Over his career, Davis averaged 18.9 points, 3.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. Davis was affectionately known as "The Greyhound" for his speedy style and sleek physical appearance. Suns broadcaster Al McCoy created many alternate nicknames for him, including "Sweet D," "The Candyman," and "The Man with the Velvet Touch." Davis is the Suns' all time leading scorer with 15,666 points and is commonly understood as the best pure shooter in the history of the franchise. Al McCoy, The Voice Of The Suns, has been the radio broadcast announcer of Phoenix Suns NBA basketball games since 1972, nearly the entire length of the teams existence. ...


Davis's later NBA playing career was marred by recurring back problems and by an ugly drug scandal. In 1987, he was called on to testify on illegal drug use by other Suns players in exchange for immunity from prosecution. (He had twice entered rehab clinics to deal with cocaine addiction.) His decline mirrored the decline of the Suns franchise, and at the expiration of his contract in 1988, the team did not attempt to re-sign him. At age 33, he signed a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. He ended up playing for two years beyond this contract, and was included in a 3-team trade in early 1991 that sent him to the Portland Trail Blazers for half a season. In the summer of 1991, he returned to Denver to close out his playing career. Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The Portland Trail Blazers, or Blazers, are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


Davis later broadcasted for the Nuggets, and has served as a scout for the Washington Wizards. As time passed, Davis and the Suns repaired their relationship. In 1994, his number 6 was retired by the Suns, and in 2004 he was enshrined in the team's Ring of Honor. The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


His nephew Hubert Davis also played basketball for UNC and in the NBA. Hubert Ira Davis, Jr. ...


References

  • Career Stats
  • Suns.com: Walter Davis page
  • AP: Davis Joins Nuggets - July 7, 1988

 
 

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