Former NBA All-Star, WWII vet passes away


walther-paulFormer NBA All-Star Paul Walther has passed away at the age of 87.

The NBRPA (National Basketball Retired Players Association) extended their condolences regarding Walther’s passing.

Walther was a father of seven with 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services were held in Atlanta at the Cathedral of St. Philip December 27.

Walther played six years in the NBA for the Minneapolis Lakers, Indianapolis Olympians, Philadelphia Warriors and Fort Wayne Pistons.

Walther was selected an All-Star in 1952, when he averaged 12.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.5 apg.

Walther was a standout at the University of Tennessee as a freshmen leading the Volunteers to an SEC Championship. He took a leave from school when he joined the Navy during World War II.

He returned and led the Vols in scoring his junior and senior year. Walther was named a Second Team All-American his senior year when he averaged 17.8 ppg.

Walther played a total of 370 games in the NBA, averaging 7.7 ppg and 2.6 apg.

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