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Bill Walton

2X
NBA Champion
1X
NBA Finals MVP
2X
All-NBA
2X
NBA All-Star
2X
NBA All-Defensive

Things to Know


The player that could do it all.

An elite defender, passer, and rebounder, Bill Walton entered the NBA as one of the most highly anticipated talents in league history after a sterling NCAA career at UCLA. Walton scored, passed, intimidated, hustled, and played the role of leader with the best centers of his day.

Career
Walton's impact was immediate: the 6-foot-11 center averaged 17.1 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals over his first four seasons in the league.

The Blazers had not reached the 30-win mark since entering the league in 1970. They eclipsed that mark in Walton's first season and nearly doubled it by his fourth, a 58-win campaign in 1977-78 that saw Walton win MVP honors despite playing just 58 games that season. That season, he averaged 18.9 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 5.0 apg and 2.5 bpg.

Walton led Portland to an iconic championship in 1977 over the star-laden Philadelphia 76ers. The then-24-year-old helped the Blazers rally from a 2-0 Finals deficit, amassing 78 rebounds, 26 assists, and 18 blocks over their four consecutive wins to win the franchise's only title.

Foot and knee injuries played a tragic role in limiting Walton, whose greatest joys on the court came from playing with his teammates. The superbly talented center played in just 468 games over 14 years.

After playing just 14 games from 1978-82, Walton slowly regained health and form with the Clippers before joining the dynastic Celtics teams of the 1980s. He averaged 10.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.3 apg and 2.1 bpg in less than 20 minutes off the bench during the Celtics' dominant 1985-86 championship season. Walton played a career-high 80 games that year, winning Sixth Man of the Year honors.

Walton was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Bill Walton

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Bill Walton

Best Centers: Bill Walton

Best Centers: Bill Walton

Stats


13.3
PPG
10.5
RPG
3.4
APG

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1986-87BOS341011.22.81.02.638.50.00.00.00.81.553.31.12.03.10.90.11.01.52.3
1985-86BOS338019.37.62.95.156.20.00.0-1.82.571.31.75.16.82.10.51.31.92.6
1984-85LAC326724.610.14.07.752.10.00.00.02.13.068.02.56.49.02.30.72.12.62.7
1983-84SDC315526.812.15.29.455.60.00.00.01.72.859.72.46.38.73.30.81.63.22.8
1982-83SDC303333.314.16.111.552.80.00.00.02.03.555.62.37.59.83.61.03.63.23.4
1979-80SDC271424.113.95.811.550.30.00.0-2.33.959.32.07.09.02.40.62.72.62.6
1977-78POR255833.318.97.915.252.2---3.14.272.02.011.213.25.01.02.53.62.5
1976-77POR246534.818.67.614.352.8---3.55.069.73.211.114.43.81.03.2-2.7
1975-76POR235133.116.16.814.447.1---2.64.558.32.610.813.44.31.01.6-2.8
1974-75POR223532.912.85.19.951.3---2.73.968.62.610.012.64.80.82.7-3.3
Overall46828.313.35.510.552.10.0--2.43.666.02.48.210.53.40.82.22.72.8
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.