Walter Davis, a former NBA player, died at the age of 69.
Six-time NBA All-Star and Rookie of the Year Davis is honored for his accomplishments to the Phoenix Suns with a retired jersey and induction into the Ring of Honor.
The 69-year-old Walter Davis, a former NBA player best remembered for his tenure with the Phoenix Suns, has gone away. Davis passed away from natural causes while in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to his alma school.
RIP Walter Davis 💔 Suns legend pic.twitter.com/M7cnVF2MuL
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Who was Walter Davis?
The bulk of his 15-year NBA career was spent with the Phoenix Suns. Davis is a talented forward/guard. He was the 1978 NBA Rookie of the Year, a six-time NBA All-Star, and a member of the All-NBA Second Team thrice. In recognition of his contributions, the Suns retired his No. 6 jersey in 1994. In 2004, he was admitted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Davis was born in Pineville, North Carolina, the youngest of 13 siblings. With his South Mecklenburg High School team, he won three state titles as a top player in high school basketball. He went on to succeed at UNC Chapel Hill, where he played a key role in the men’s basketball team for the United States.
Absolutely heartbreaking news about the passing of #TheGreyhound, Walter Davis a Favorite @suns of All time! God Speed to 1 of the most silky smooth players in basketball. @nba #Ring of Honor lost a legend. 😢🙏 pic.twitter.com/DBkp7Dkiu8
— Kevin Ray (@kray1voice) November 2, 2023
In 1978, Davis made his NBA debut with the Phoenix Suns, where he made an instant impression and was named to the second team of the All-NBA squad and Rookie of the Year. He earned recognition for his fast, fluid style of play and defensive prowess, earning him the nickname “Sweet D.”
In his first 10 NBA seasons, Davis averaged over 20 points per game and made six appearances in All-Star contests. When he scored his first 34 points without missing a shot in 1983, he established an NBA record.
During his last years with the Suns, Davis faced a number of challenges, including recurrent back issues and a drug scandal inside the organization. Despite these difficulties, he scored 15,666 points to become the Suns’ all-time leading scorer, leaving a lasting impression on the team.
Following his basketball career, Davis served as a scout for the Washington Wizards and as a commentator for the Denver Nuggets. Over time, his bond with the Suns deepened to the point where his jersey was retired and he was inducted into the Ring of Honor.