Walt Davis
Walt Davis 1952.jpg
Davis at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Born(1931-01-05)January 5, 1931
Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
DiedNovember 17, 2020(2020-11-17) (aged 89)
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolNederland (Nederland, Texas)
CollegeTexas A&M (1949–1952)
NBA draft1952 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career1953–1958
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
19531958Philadelphia Warriors
1958St. Louis Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points1,558 (4.8 ppg)
Rebounds1,397 (4.3 rpg)
Assists231 (0.7 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Representing  United States
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki High jump

Walter Francis "Buddy" Davis (January 5, 1931 – November 17, 2020) was an American athlete. After winning a gold medal in the high jump at the 1952 Olympics he became a professional basketball player.[1]

Despite contracting polio at age nine and being unable to walk for three years, Davis had a standout athletic career at Texas A&M University and later won Olympic gold in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, with a leap of 2.04 metres (6 ft 8+14 in).[1]

The Philadelphia Warriors selected the 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Davis in the second round of the 1952 NBA draft. He spent five seasons with the Warriors and St. Louis Hawks, averaging 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.[2]

Davis was Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1964[3] and to the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.

Davis died on November 17, 2020, in Port Arthur, Texas at age 89.[4]


  1. ^ a b Buddy Davis. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Walt Davis. basketball-reference.com
  3. ^ Buddy Davis Bio from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Murrell, I. C. (November 17, 2020). "Buddy Davis, Olympic & NBA champ from Nederland, dies at 89". The Port Arthur News. Retrieved November 18, 2020.