After achieving superstardom playing for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early '70s and winning three straight College Player of the Year Awards, Bill Walton was destined to become an NBA legend. When healthy, Walton had few peers, winning the MVP while playing for the defending champion Trail Blazers in 1977-78. At the top of his form, Walton scored, passed, intimidated, hustled and played the role of leader with the best centers of his day. He was a perfectionist whose range of skills and dedication never ceased to impress those who saw him play. more...
Full Name: William Theodore Walton Born: 11/5/52 in La Mesa, Calif. High School: Helix (La Mesa, Calif.) College: UCLA Drafted by: Portland Trail Blazers, 1974 (first overall) Transactions: Signed as free agent by San Diego Clippers, 5/13/79; Traded to Boston Celtics, 9/6/85
Height: 6-11; Weight: 235 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1993); NBA champion (1977, '86); NBA Finals MVP (1977); NBA MVP (1978); All-NBA First Team (1978); All-NBA Second Team (1977); NBA All-Defensive Team (1977, '78); NBA All-Star (1977, '78); Sixth Man Award (1986); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).