Chet Walker To Be Enshrined At Basketball Hall Of Fame

Former NBA forward Chet "The Jet" Walker will be inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night, along with other basketball greats like Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes. Over the course of his 13 seasons in the NBA, Walker scored 18,831 points (No. 55 all-time) and posted averages of 18.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game on 47.0 percent shooting from the field and a 54.0 percent true shooting percentage. According to Basketball-Reference, his closest statistical comparisons are Kevin McHale, Rick Barry, Bailey Howell and Dominique Wilkins.

Walker burst onto the NBA scene as the No. 12 pick in the 1962 NBA Draft after earning AP All-American honors in each of his three years at Bradley. He joined the NBA's '62-63 All-Rookie First Team after putting up 17.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a member of the Syracuse Nationals. The 6'6 baller from Benton Harbor, Michigan went on to become a seven-time NBA All-Star He played a key role as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers' 1967 championship team -- he put up 21.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during 15 playoff games that season.

Walker played one season for the Syracuse Nationals, six seasons for the 76ers and six more season for the Chicago Bulls on the back end of his career.

For a schedule of the ceremony and information on the other 11 inductees for 2012, be sure to stop by SB Nation NBA's Hall of Fame storystream.

For the latest on the Chicago Bulls, be sure to check out Blog A Bull and SB Nation Chicago. Head over to SB Nation's NBA hub for even more news.

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