Adolph "Dolph" Schayes Inducted in 1990

Player Inducted in 1990
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Adolph "Dolph" Schayes (1928-2015)  a Bronx native led his DeWitt Clinton High School to the borough championship. Schayes later played for New York University NYU in 1944–48. He was named an All-American and won the Haggerty Award in his final year. As a professional, he was named NBA Champion (1955), 12x NBA All-Star (1951-1962), 6x All-NBA First Team (1952-1955, 1957, 1958), 6x All-NBA Second Team (1950, 1951, 1956, 1959-1961), NBA rebounding leader (1951), NBA Anniversary team (25th, 50th,75th), NBL Rookie of the Year (1949), and  No 4 retired by Philadelphia 76ers.

He later became a coach,  of the Nationals that moved to Philadelphia in 1963 later to become the Philadelphia 76ers, and Schayes became a player-coach. His playing career had ended; he only played in 24 games, the only time in his career in which he played in fewer than 50 games. He didn't play at all during the playoffs. He retired as a player after the season but stayed on as coach for three more seasons. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1966. That season, he led the Sixers to the Eastern Division regular-season title, ending a nine-year reign by the Boston Celtics. However, the Celtics ousted the Sixers in a five-game Eastern final, and Schayes was fired. He was succeeded by his predecessor with the Nats, Alex Hannum, who led the team to the best record in league history at the time and an NBA title. From 1966 to 1970, he was the supervisor of NBA referees. He was named the first coach of the Buffalo Braves in 1970.