Walt Bellamy

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Basketball player
Walt Bellamy
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Player information
Full name Walter Jones Bellamy
birthday July 24, 1939
place of birth New Bern , North Carolina , United States
date of death November 2, 2013 at the age of 74 years and 101 days
size 211 cm
position Power Forward / Center
college 1958–1961 Indiana Hoosiers
NBA draft 1961 , 1st pick, Chicago Packers
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National team 1
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1 As at: 09/08/2009

Walter Jones "Walt" Bellamy (born July 24, 1939 in New Bern , North Carolina , † November 2, 2013 ) was an American basketball player with the National Basketball Association . The 2.11 meter tall Bellamy played the position of the center and was 1993 in the Fame Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of added.


Bellamy played for three years for the Indiana Hoosiers and was nominated for the US selection during this time, with which he succeeded in winning the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome .

In the 1961 NBA draft, Bellamy was selected by the Chicago Packers at position 1. With 31.6 points and 19.0 rebounds per game, he became a superstar right away, won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for best newcomer in the 1961/62 season and played in the All-Star Game for the first of four times . But since both the Packers and the successor team Chicago Zephyrs next to Bellamy (25 points and 15 rebounds per game) had no good players, Chicago missed the playoffs twice. When the Zephyrs sold him to the Baltimore Bullets because of financial problems , Bellamy came into the knockout round for the first time despite a rather moderate season and failed in the semifinals with 2-4 at the Los Angeles Lakers . After the Bullets missed the playoffs the following year, Bellamy was traded to the New York Knicks and reached the knockout round twice, but where the Knicks were eliminated early on both times. In the fall of his career, Bellamy played with the Atlanta Hawks , where he reached the playoffs four times with Pete Maravich , but without ever getting far. At the age of 36, Bellamy ended his basketball career with the New Orleans Jazz .

Bellamy is considered a highly talented player who had the bad luck that he was always the sole star of financially weak clubs and just not good enough to be able to decide playoff series on his own. Even so, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. He died in November 2013 at the age of 74.

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  1. ^ NN: All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster // B. ( Memento January 6, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Archived from USA Basketball website; Colorado Springs, CO, undated before 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2019 (in English).
  2. Hall of Famer Walt Bellamy dies at 74 ( Memento of the original from November 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed on November 3rd @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / nba.si.com