Hal Greer, Basketball Hall of Famer and Philadelphia 76ers legend

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2018

Greer spent his entire 15-year career with the 76ers and was a 10-time All-Star.

In a statement posted on the NBA's official website on Monday, the 76ers did not mention any specific cause of death, but noted that Greer died "after a brief illness" in his Arizona home on Saturday night, according to USA Today. He was named to the NBA's 50th anniversary team in 1996.

During the Sixers' 1966-67 title run, Greer averaged a team-high 27.7 points over 15 playoff games and helped Philadelphia dethrone the reigning eight-year champion Boston Celtics.

Former Syracuse Nats star and Basketball Hall of Famer Hal Greer is dead at age 81.

He also remains the 76ers' all-time leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.

Get daily prep sports headlines from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. During his time at Marshall, Greer solidified his place as one of the greatest representatives of the university and Marshall athletics, while also breaking boundaries.

He played at Marshall and was the 13th overall pick by the Nationals in the 1958 draft. Greer also became the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the team training complex in 2017.

The Sixers said Greer was survived by his wife Mayme, a son and two daughters.

"In addition to his historic contributions on the court, Greer will forever be remembered as a true gentleman who used the tremendous platform of basketball to uplift and inspire others".

Hal Greer with Philadelphia 76ers owner Irv Kosloff in 1971, after passing the 20,000-point threshold for his career.

After finishing first in the East in 1966, Greer, Chamerblain and the 76ers shocked the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals the following season before beating the San Francisco Warriors in six games to win the franchise's second National Basketball Association title and its first in Philadelphia.

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