Best 12th overall picks in NBA history: #2 - Chet Walker
Throwing it even farther back than Cedric Maxwell, Chet Walker was selected 12th overall by the Syracuse Nationals (now Philadelphia 76ers) in 1962. Now a Hall of Famer, Maxwell was a seven-time All-Star and is responsible for the 76ers first NBA title in 1967.
Walker is perhaps one of the most underrated Hall of Famers of all time and was considered by many to be one of the best one-on-one players of his era. Over the course of his career, he averaged 18.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.
While Walker's career spanned 13 seasons in the league, more or less evenly split between the 76ers and the Chicago Bulls, there is a good chance that his career could have gone on for even longer. After the Bulls refusing to raise his salary, trade him, or release him, Walker decided on his own that he would retire from the NBA coming off a season where he recorded 19.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game at age 34.
During his 13-year career, though, Walker became one of few players to never miss more than six games in any given season and to make the playoffs in every year of his career.