Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes dead at 87

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HANG TIME NEW YORK CITYDolph Schayes, a 12-time NBA All-Star and member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary team, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 87, following a long battle with cancer.

A Bronx native, the 6-8 Schayes played collegiately at New York University, before spending his entire professional career in Syracuse with the Nationals. He was a member of Syracuse’s NBA championship team in 1955, when he averaged 18.5 points per game and 12.3 rebounds per game. Schayes was an All-Star every season between 1951 and 1962, and made six All-NBA first teams over that span.

In 1963, the Nationals moved to Philadelphia and became known as the 76ers, and Schayes spent that inaugural season in Philly as the franchise’s player/coach. After retiring as a player, he continued coaching, winning NBA Coach of the Year three seasons later in Wilt Chamberlain’s first full season with the Sixers. Schayes would later work for the NBA as the director of officiating.

Schayes was inducted into the Nasimith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973. His son, Danny Schayes, spent 18 seasons in the NBA.

For a detailed account of Schayes’ career, his Legends Profile is available here.

Update: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement:


  1. Stephanie Stampalia Goldman says:

    One of the kindest men I was lucky enough T to know as a child and young adult, Dolph Schayes also had a beautiful family. You’ll be missed.

  2. NYU Violets says:

    Dolph was probably the greatest athlete in the proud history of New York University. Great player and great person. He will be missed. RIP Dolph.

  3. curtjester1 says:

    RIP, Dolph Schayes. You had the name, and the game, and were worthy for a name to be an all-NBA player for generations. Glad to have watched you play as a youngster.

  4. curtjester1 says:

    Glad to have watched him play. RIP, Dolph Schayes. You had the name and the game and were always a name to be an NBA all-time great!