Dolph Schayes, NBA Hall of Famer, Dies at 87

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2015

Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nats poses at New York's Madison Square Garden, shortly before playing his 1,0000th game with St. Louis, on January, 22, 1963. (AP Photo)
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Basketball Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes died Thursday at the age of 87 due to complications brought on by terminal cancer.  

According to Bud Poliquin of Syracuse.com, Schayes' son—former Syracuse University and NBA center Danny Schayes—announced the news.

Schayes is a member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame due to his accomplishments with the NBA's Syracuse Nationals and New York University.

He spent 15 seasons as a player with the Nationals organization, although his final campaign came as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers after the Nationals relocated.

Schayes averaged 18.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game over the course of his NBA career. He was named to the All-Star team 12 times and led Syracuse to its only NBA title in 1955.

The skilled forward was also a standout at the collegiate level, as he led NYU to the national championship game in 1945.

Following his playing career, Schayes went on to coach the Sixers from 1963-1966 and the Buffalo Braves from 1970-1972.

He was recognized as one of the greatest players in NBA history in 1996 when he was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

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