Dolph Schayes

Position Center
Born May 19, 1928
Nationality United States United States
Nickname Dolph

Adolph “Dolph” Schayes is a retired American professional basketball player and a coach in the NBA. A member of 1955 NBA champion, Syracuse Nationals, he is a 12 time All-Star player. This 6 feet 8 inches athlete played for the Nationals from 1948 to 1964 in a Hall of Fame career.

Schayes attended Creston Junior High School 79 and DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx in New York. From 1944-48, he played his college basketball at New York University. He was drafted in 1948 by the Tri-Cities Hawks. Known for his deadly high arcing, and outside set shot, he even played an entire season in a cast when he broke his right arm. However, it became seminal point in his development, as he got to learn to shoot with his off hand, which made him difficult to guard.

Such one of the best and also the last to use a two handed set shot with feet planted on the floor, before the game changed to one handed jump shots. Schayes did not miss a single game from 1952 to 1961. He led the NBA in 16.4 rpg during 1950-51 season and led the NBA in free throw percentage thrice. The six times All-NBA First team honoree and the All-NBA Second Team for six times got retired in 1964.

Mr. Schayes starred for the Syracuse Nationals for 15 seasons and was also one of the most consistent scorers and rebounders in NBA history. He joined the NBA in its third year of existence and helped spur the league’s growth in the 50s.

Career highlights

Schayes held the NBA records for career score of 19,249 points, with total games played 1,059 and the first player in NBA history in 1961 to get 30,000 career total pra (Points + Rebounds+ Assists). By 1996, he was also selected as one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time. Schayes won the NBA Coach of the year honors in 1956.

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