Walt Bellamy

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For the Canadian ice hockey player, see Walt Bellamy (ice hockey). Walt Bellamy_sentence_0

Walter Jones Bellamy (July 24, 1939 – November 2, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. Walt Bellamy_sentence_1

A four-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Walt Bellamy_sentence_2

College career Walt Bellamy_section_0

Bellamy chose to play basketball at Indiana University. Walt Bellamy_sentence_3

"In the summer after my junior year of high school I played with some guys from Indiana", he said. Walt Bellamy_sentence_4

"Indiana at the time was the closest school to the South that would accept African-Americans. Walt Bellamy_sentence_5

It was an easy transition for me to make. Walt Bellamy_sentence_6

Not that I was naive to what was going on in Bloomington in terms of the times, but it didn't translate to the athletic department or the classroom. Walt Bellamy_sentence_7

Every relationship was good." Walt Bellamy_sentence_8

Bellamy graduated from Indiana University with the most school rebounds in a career with 1,087 in only 70 games (15.5 per game). Walt Bellamy_sentence_9

He also averaged 20.6 points per game and shot 51.7 percent from the floor for his college career. Walt Bellamy_sentence_10

As a senior, Bellamy averaged 17.8 rebounds per game (still Indiana's record). Walt Bellamy_sentence_11

He also holds the school records for most rebounds in a season (649) and most double-doubles in a career (59). Walt Bellamy_sentence_12

In 2000, he was selected to Indiana University's All-Century Team. Walt Bellamy_sentence_13

In his final college game, he set an Indiana and Big Ten Conference record that still stands with 33 rebounds in an 82-67 win over Michigan. Walt Bellamy_sentence_14

Bellamy was named an All-American in both his junior and senior year (1960 and 1961). Walt Bellamy_sentence_15

Bellamy was the first Hoosier taken No. Walt Bellamy_sentence_16

1 in the 1961 NBA draft and the first Hoosier named NBA Rookie of the Year. Walt Bellamy_sentence_17

The 1960 Olympics Walt Bellamy_section_1

Bellamy was the starting center on the gold medal-winning 1960 American basketball team at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Walt Bellamy_sentence_18

10 of the 12 college players on the undefeated American squad went on to play professionally in the NBA, including fellow Big Ten player Terry Dischinger and fellow future Hall-of-Famers Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry Lucas. Walt Bellamy_sentence_19

NBA career Walt Bellamy_section_2

Bellamy had a stellar 14-year career in the NBA, and was the NBA first overall draft pick in 1961. Walt Bellamy_sentence_20

Bellamy was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1962 after having arguably one of the three greatest rookie seasons in NBA history (along with Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson). Walt Bellamy_sentence_21

His 31.6 points per game average that season is second all-time for a rookie to Wilt Chamberlain's 37.6, and the 19 rebounds per game he averaged that season is the third-best all-time rookie mark (to Chamberlain's 27 and Bill Russell's 19.6). Walt Bellamy_sentence_22

No NBA rookie has since surpassed Bellamy's 973 field goals during the 1961-62 season. Walt Bellamy_sentence_23

Bellamy also led the NBA in field goal percentage in his rookie season, and had a 23-point, 17-rebound performance in the 1962 NBA All-Star Game. Walt Bellamy_sentence_24

In the 1964-65 season, Bellamy scored 30 points and 37 rebounds in a win against the St. Louis Hawks. Walt Bellamy_sentence_25

His 37 rebounds was his career-high in rebounds. Walt Bellamy_sentence_26

Bellamy played with the Chicago Packers, which became the Baltimore Bullets, for his first four seasons before he was traded to the New York Knicks for Johnny Green, Johnny Egan, Jim Barnes, and cash a few games into the 1965–66 season. Walt Bellamy_sentence_27

Due to trades to teams with offset game schedules during the 1968–69 season when he was traded (with Howard Komives) from the Knicks to the Detroit Pistons for Dave DeBusschere, Bellamy set a still-standing record for NBA games played in a single season with 88 (He played 35 games with the Knicks, 53 with the Pistons). Walt Bellamy_sentence_28

He later played for several seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, and finished his career with the New Orleans Jazz. Walt Bellamy_sentence_29

Bellamy ended his NBA career with 20,941 points and 14,241 rebounds, and is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, being inducted in 1993 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the 1960 United States men's Olympic basketball team. Walt Bellamy_sentence_30

Personal life Walt Bellamy_section_3

After his retirement from the NBA, Bellamy was active with the NAACP, the Urban League and the YMCA in the Atlanta area. Walt Bellamy_sentence_31

He served as a Goodwill Ambassador and member of the Executive Committee of the NAACP's Georgia State Conference. Walt Bellamy_sentence_32

Bellamy was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Walt Bellamy_sentence_33

His half-brother is professional boxer Ron Bellamy. Walt Bellamy_sentence_34

Bellamy died on November 2, 2013 at the age of 74. Walt Bellamy_sentence_35

He was survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen Hollie Ragland Bellamy, son, Derrin Bellamy and his wife, Sherrika, and two grandsons. Walt Bellamy_sentence_36

He was buried at Atlanta's South-View Cemetery. Walt Bellamy_sentence_37

NBA career statistics Walt Bellamy_section_4

Regular season Walt Bellamy_section_5

Walt Bellamy_table_general_0

YearWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_0 TeamWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_1 GPWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_2 GSWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_3 MPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_4 FG%Walt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_5 3P%Walt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_6 FT%Walt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_7 RPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_8 APGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_9 SPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_10 BPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_11 PPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_0_0_12
1961–62Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_0 ChicagoWalt Bellamy_cell_0_1_1 79Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_3 42.3Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_4 .519Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_6 .644Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_7 19.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_8 2.7Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_11 31.6Walt Bellamy_cell_0_1_12
1962–63Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_0 ChicagoWalt Bellamy_cell_0_2_1 80Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_3 41.3Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_4 .527Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_6 .674Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_7 16.4Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_8 2.9Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_11 27.9Walt Bellamy_cell_0_2_12
1963–64Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_0 BaltimoreWalt Bellamy_cell_0_3_1 80Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_3 42.4Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_4 .513Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_6 .651Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_7 17.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_8 1.6Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_11 27.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_3_12
1964–65Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_0 BaltimoreWalt Bellamy_cell_0_4_1 80Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_3 41.3Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_4 .509Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_6 .685Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_7 14.6Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_8 2.4Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_11 24.8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_4_12
1965–66Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_0 BaltimoreWalt Bellamy_cell_0_5_1 8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_3 33.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_4 .452Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_6 .597Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_7 12.8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_8 2.3Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_11 19.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_5_12
1965–66Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_0 New YorkWalt Bellamy_cell_0_6_1 72Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_3 42.8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_4 .512Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_6 .627Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_7 16.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_8 3.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_11 23.2Walt Bellamy_cell_0_6_12
1966–67Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_0 New YorkWalt Bellamy_cell_0_7_1 79Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_3 38.1Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_4 .521Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_6 .636Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_7 13.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_8 2.6Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_11 19.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_7_12
1967–68Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_0 New YorkWalt Bellamy_cell_0_8_1 82Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_3 32.9Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_4 .541Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_6 .662Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_7 11.7Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_8 2.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_11 16.7Walt Bellamy_cell_0_8_12
1968–69Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_0 New YorkWalt Bellamy_cell_0_9_1 35Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_3 32.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_4 .507Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_6 .619Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_7 11.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_8 2.2Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_11 15.2Walt Bellamy_cell_0_9_12
1968–69Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_0 DetroitWalt Bellamy_cell_0_10_1 53Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_3 38.2Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_4 .512Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_6 .663Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_7 13.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_8 1.9Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_11 18.8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_10_12
1969–70Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_0 DetroitWalt Bellamy_cell_0_11_1 56Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_3 20.9Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_4 .547Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_6 .562Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_7 7.1Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_8 1.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_11 10.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_11_12
1969–70Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_0_12_1 23Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_3 37.2Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_4 .491Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_6 .605Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_7 13.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_8 3.8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_11 15.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_12_12
1970–71Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_0_13_1 82Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_3 35.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_4 .493Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_6 .604Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_7 12.9Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_8 2.8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_11 14.7Walt Bellamy_cell_0_13_12
1971–72Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_0_14_1 82Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_3 38.9Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_4 .545Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_6 .585Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_7 12.8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_8 3.2Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_11 18.6Walt Bellamy_cell_0_14_12
1972–73Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_0_15_1 74Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_3 37.9Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_4 .505Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_6 .538Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_7 13.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_8 2.4Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_11 16.1Walt Bellamy_cell_0_15_12
1973–74Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_0_16_1 77Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_3 31.7Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_4 .486Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_6 .608Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_7 9.6Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_8 2.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_9 .7Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_10 .6Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_11 13.1Walt Bellamy_cell_0_16_12
1974–75Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_0 New OrleansWalt Bellamy_cell_0_17_1 1Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_3 14.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_4 1.000Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_6 1.000Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_7 5.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_8 .0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_9 .0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_10 .0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_11 6.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_17_12
CareerWalt Bellamy_cell_0_18_0 1,043Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_3 37.3Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_4 .516Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_6 .632Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_7 13.7Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_8 2.4Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_9 .7Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_10 .6Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_11 20.1Walt Bellamy_cell_0_18_12
All-StarWalt Bellamy_cell_0_19_0 4Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_2 3Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_3 20.8Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_4 .500Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_6 .526Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_7 7.5Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_8 1.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_11 12.0Walt Bellamy_cell_0_19_12

Playoffs Walt Bellamy_section_6

Walt Bellamy_table_general_1

YearWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_0 TeamWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_1 GPWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_2 GSWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_3 MPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_4 FG%Walt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_5 3P%Walt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_6 FT%Walt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_7 RPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_8 APGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_9 SPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_10 BPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_11 PPGWalt Bellamy_header_cell_1_0_12
1965Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_0 BaltimoreWalt Bellamy_cell_1_1_1 10Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_3 42.7Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_4 .468Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_6 .663Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_7 15.1Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_8 3.4Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_11 20.9Walt Bellamy_cell_1_1_12
1967Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_0 New YorkWalt Bellamy_cell_1_2_1 4Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_3 39.3Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_4 .519Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_6 .586Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_7 16.5Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_8 3.0Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_11 18.3Walt Bellamy_cell_1_2_12
1968Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_0 New YorkWalt Bellamy_cell_1_3_1 6Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_3 46.2Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_4 .421Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_6 .625Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_7 16.0Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_8 3.5Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_11 20.0Walt Bellamy_cell_1_3_12
1970Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_1_4_1 9Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_3 40.9Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_4 .468Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_6 .717Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_7 15.6Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_8 3.9Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_11 16.8Walt Bellamy_cell_1_4_12
1971Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_1_5_1 5Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_3 43.2Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_4 .594Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_6 .759Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_7 14.4Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_8 2.0Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_11 20.8Walt Bellamy_cell_1_5_12
1972Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_1_6_1 6Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_3 41.2Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_4 .488Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_6 .628Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_7 13.7Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_8 1.8Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_11 18.5Walt Bellamy_cell_1_6_12
1973Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_0 AtlantaWalt Bellamy_cell_1_7_1 6Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_3 41.2Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_4 .395Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_6 .452Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_7 12.2Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_8 2.2Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_11 13.7Walt Bellamy_cell_1_7_12
CareerWalt Bellamy_cell_1_8_0 46Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_2 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_3 42.2Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_4 .471Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_5 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_6 .642Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_7 14.8Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_8 3.0Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_9 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_10 Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_11 18.5Walt Bellamy_cell_1_8_12

See also Walt Bellamy_section_7

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