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Walter Davis auctions off 1976 basketball gold medal

Aug 23, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

1976 Montreal gold medal

You might not remember Walter Davis, but he was a stud player. He was a six time All-Star, 1978 Rookie of the Year, he averated 18.9 points per game over the course of his career, with a shooting percentage of 51.1. He to this day is the Suns all-time leading scorer.

And he won a gold medal in Montreal in 1976 as part of Team USA basketball, a team led by Phil Ford and Adrian Dantley.

And that medal is something you can buy at acution, something first reported at Eye on Basketball.

Each year around the Hall of Fame introductions (those are coming in a couple weeks) hosts an auction of impressive NBA memorabilia. This year there are Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson game-worn jerseys among other items.

But Davis’ 1976 gold medal is the highlight. The current bid is $12,000, if you’ve got that laying around.

Davis battled some drug problems at a point in his 15-year career but the former North Carolina star was reportedly serving as a community ambassador for the Nuggets last year.

  1. larrybrown43 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Who can forget The Greyhound?

  2. rjlink1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    One of my favorite players. His game made everyone else on the court look positively ugly. Also Exhibit A for the drug problems that supposedly cratered the NBA in the late 70s.

  3. papichulo55 - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Hope MJ quietly helps.

  4. opshuns - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    I wonder why Walter Davis is not a Hall of Famer? The man was in the top echelon of the NBA in his time.

  5. duanethomas - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Walter Davis and David Thompson, gave us a lot but left a lot on the table. The GreyHound could go…….

  6. BigBeachBall - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    That might be real gold.

  7. dysraw1 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    correct me if i am wrong but i thought Marques Johnson, Walter Davis Bernard King where co rookies of the year in 77.

  8. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Walter Davis was the ill sh*t.

    It’s a shame he isn’t better remembered by today’s players or fans.

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