Hall of Fame forward Chet Walker, affectionately known as “The Jet” for his remarkable speed, has passed away at the age of 84. The National Basketball Players Association announced his death, commemorating his influential career and significant contributions to the sport.

Early Career and Rise to Stardom

Chet Walker began his professional basketball journey when he was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in the 1962 NBA Draft. The team relocated to Philadelphia, becoming the 76ers, where Walker would become a cornerstone of the franchise. His standout season came in 1966-67 when the 76ers won a then-record 68 games and ended the Boston Celtics’ eight-year championship streak. Walker averaged 19.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game that season, playing alongside legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, and Billy Cunningham.

Transition to the Chicago Bulls

In 1969, Walker was traded to the Chicago Bulls, where he became a vital player for the team. Alongside Bob Love, Jerry Sloan, and Norm Van Lier, Walker helped shape the early successes of the Bulls. His impact was so profound that he was later inducted into the Bulls’ Ring of Honor. During his 13-year career, Walker averaged 18.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and he was second only to John Havlicek in win shares among the 1962 draft class.

Collegiate Achievements and Hall of Fame Induction

A native of Mississippi, Walker attended high school in Benton Harbor, Michigan, before moving on to Bradley University. At Bradley, he was a two-time All-American and led the Braves to the 1960 NIT championship. His stellar college career paved the way for his professional success. Walker was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012, solidifying his legacy in the sport.

Chet Walker’s career was marked by excellence and resilience. After retiring from professional basketball, he found success as a writer and movie producer. His retirement followed a contentious lawsuit against the Bulls and the NBA, which he settled. Walker’s contributions extended beyond the court, leaving a lasting legacy in multiple fields.