Walter Davis, the all-time leading scorer for the Phoenix Suns, has died age 69.
Per his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, Davis passed away of natural causes while visiting family in Charlotte.
Davis was a member of the Olympic gold medal-winning United States team in the 1976 Montreal Games. The shooting guard/small forward also was the uncle of current Tar Heels coach Hubert Davis.
Davis averaged 15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 119 games over four seasons with North Carolina.
He made an immediate impression after being selected by the Phoenix Suns with the fifth overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft.
Davis passed away of natural causes while visiting family in Charlotte, North Carolina
He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1977-78 and spent 11 seasons with Phoenix.
A six-time All-Star, Davis averaged 18.9 points, 3.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 1,033 career games with the Suns, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.
The Suns retired his No 6 jersey in 1994.