The Atlanta Hawks acquired Walt Bellamy from the Detroit Pistons in February of 1970. Prior to joining the Hawks Bellamy had firmly established himself as one of the NBA's most prolific rebounders. From 1962 through 1968, Walt never finished outside the top-10 in rebounding.

When Bellamy arrived in Atlanta with 23 games remaining in the 1969-70 season, the Hawks were in need of an inside presence to help fill the void of Zelmo Beaty, who had bolted to the rival ABA the previous summer. Walt averaged over 15 points and 13 rebounds the rest of the regular season, and was a terror on the boards that postseason, pulling down over 16 per game as Atlanta advanced to the Western Division finals.

Over the next four seasons with Atlanta, Bellamy helped the team to three more playoff appearances, averaging 15.6 ppg and 12.2 rpg in his career as a Hawk. He took his game to another level in the postseason, averaging over 17 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta.

Bellamy played one game with the expansion New Orleans Jazz in 1974 before ending his 14-year playing career. At the time of his retirement he ranked sixth on the NBA's all-time list of scorers and ranked third all-time in rebounding.

STATS:
Points
Rebounds
Assists
Hawks Totals
5,289
4,123
948
Per Game
15.6
12.2
2.8
Career Totals
20,941
14,241
2,544
Per Game
20.1
13.7
2.4

HONORS AWARDS: 
- NBA Rookie of the Year (1962)
- 4-time NBA All-Star (1962, '63, '64 & '65)
- 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist (Team USA) 
- Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993
- Inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984