Dolph Schayes (1928 - 2015)

NBA Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes died Thursday of complications brought on by terminal cancer, according to The Associated Press. He was 87.

Schaye's son Danny said his father received the diagnosis six months ago.

Dolph Schayes, a 12-time All-Star, spent 15 seasons as a player with the old Syracuse Nationals, from 1948-1963, though his final campaign came as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers after the Nationals relocated.

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

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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.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver praised Schayes in a news release, calling him "one of the most influential figures in NBA history.

“He helped the NBA grow from its earliest days, emerging as one of the game's first stars and displaying the kind of passion for competition and commitment to excellence that has come to define our league," the statement said. "Dolph was an NBA champion, a Hall of Fame player and a distinguished NBA coach and executive, as well as a proud father who relished the success of his four children, including the NBA career of his son Danny. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schayes family during this difficult time."

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