Walter Davis (basketball player)

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Basketball player
Walter Davis
Walter Davis - Phoenix Suns.jpg

Davis in 1987

Player information
Full name Walter Paul Davis
birthday September 9, 1954
place of birth Pineville , North Carolina , USA
size 198 cm
position Small Forward / Shooting Guard
college North Carolina
NBA draft 1977 , 5th pick, Phoenix Suns
Clubs as active
1978–1988 Phoenix Suns 1988–1991 Denver Nuggets 1991 Portland Trail Blazers 1992 Denver NuggetsUnited StatesUnited States
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National team
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Walter Paul Davis (born September 9, 1954 in Pineville , North Carolina ) is a retired American basketball player .


Davis won gold in the 1976 Olympics while he was in college . He was then selected fifth in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns , for whom he played over the next ten years. In the first season Davis played in 81 of the 82 league games and averaged 24.2 points. In his first season he took part in the NBA All-Star Game , was elected Rookie of the Year and, in addition to the associated appointment to the NBA All-Rookie Team, was also nominated for the All-NBA Second Team . Davis also took part in the All-Star Game for the next three years and in the 1984 and 1987 seasons. With 15,666 points he is still the most successful shooter of the Suns.

In 1987 Davis was involved in a drug scandal with the Suns. He testified against other players on the team and received impunity for doing so. He went to a rehabilitation clinic twice to treat his cocaine addiction . Combined with declining performance and recurring back problems, this meant that the Suns made him only a half-hearted offer to extend his contract. Therefore, he moved to the Denver Nuggets in 1988 as a free agent . There he played for the next 2 1/2 years, but only made 13 games from the start. In the middle of the 1990/91 season he was traded in exchange for Greg Anderson from the New Jersey Nets to the Portland Trail Blazers , but only got 6.1 points per game. After the season he returned to Denver to end his career there. He played his last game at the age of 37 on April 19, 1992.

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Individual evidence

  1. - All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster // D ( Memento of the original from August 28, 2009 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. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ New York Times, April 17, 1988