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Walt Bellamy

  • Height: 6-11
  • School: Indiana
  • How acquired: Trade
  • Years with team: 4
  • Jersey number: 8
  • Knicks earnings: *
  • * denotes incomplete earnings

Five years after he won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics, and four years after the Chicago Packers drafted him first overall, Walt Bellamy came to the Knicks. They traded three players and cash in 1965 to acquire Bellamy.

With Dick Barnett and a young Willis Reed, Bellamy immediately thrived, averaging 23.2 points and 16.0 rebounds in his first season with the Knicks. The continued development of Reed the next two seasons lessened Bellamy's role, but he still averaged a double-double each year.

Midway through the following season, his fourth in New York, Bellamy was dealt to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Dave DeBusschere. Bellamy, having already played 35 games for the Knicks, played an additional 53 games in Detroit for a total of 88 games played during the 1968-69 season, an NBA record.

The Rookie of the Year in 1962 and a five-time All-Star, Bellamy never made an All-Star Game with the Knicks. However, his rebounding average with the Knicks (13.3) is still the best in franchise history, and his scoring average (18.9) is in the top 10.

Statistics with Knicks

  • Points: 5,072
  • Games: 268
  • Minutes: 9,925
  • PPG: 18.9
  • RPG: 13.3
  • APG: 2.5
  • Rebounds: 3,562
  • Assists: 664
  • Steals: 0
  • Blocks: 0
  • Field goals: 1,919
  • 3-pointers: 0
  • Free throws: 1234
  • FG%: 0.522
  • 3P%: 0.000

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