|Born||January 31, 1941|
Portage, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||July 12, 2018 (aged 77)|
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Portage (Portage, Pennsylvania)|
|College||Wake Forest (1959–1962)|
|NBA draft||1962: 1st round, 4th overall pick|
|Selected by the Syracuse Nationals|
|Position||Power forward / center|
|Number||23, 24, 17, 19, 50, 25, 40|
|1962–1963||Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers|
|1963–1966||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Leonard R. Chappell (January 31, 1941 – July 12, 2018) was an American basketball player. He played for 10 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the American Basketball Association (ABA) and was selected to one NBA All-Star Game.
A 6'8" power forward/center, Chappell was a star at Wake Forest University, where he was a teammate of future broadcaster Billy Packer He helped lead the Demon Deacons to a third-place finish in the 1962 NCAA tournament and was named ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1961 and 1962. In 1962, he became Wake Forest's first consensus All-American He was the ACC tournament's all-time leading scorer until Duke University's J. J. Redick surpassed him in 2006. Chappell was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team in 2002, honoring him as one of the 50 greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
After college, the Syracuse Nationals selected him with the fourth pick in the 1962 NBA draft. He played one season with the Nationals. The following year the team moved to Philadelphia and was renamed the 76ers. After one game in Philadelphia, the New York Knicks purchased his contract. After moving to New York, he had his best season with 17 points and nine rebounds per game, earning his only All-Star selection.
He left New York in 1966 and played for the Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Royals, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Atlanta Hawks. While on the Bucks during their inaugural season, on December 19, 1968, he scored a career-best 35 points during a 113–111 loss to the Chicago Bulls. He also played one season (1971–1972) with the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association.
NBA & ABA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Len Chappell, legendary Wake Forest University basketball player, dies at 77". July 13, 2018.
- Goldstein, Richard (July 15, 2018), "Len Chappell, 77, College All-American and N.B.A. All-Star, Dies", The New York Times
- The Daily Banner,Greencastle, Putnam County, 19 December 1968
- Len Chappell Game Highs