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Bill Walton
Bill Walton
Personal information
Born William Theodore Walton IIi
November 5, 1952 (1952-11-05) (age 67)
La Mesa, California
Nationality American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 210 lbs (95 kg)
Career information
High school Helix
(La Mesa, California)
College UCLA (1971–1974)
NBA Draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 1974–1987 (13 years)
Position Center
Career history
As player:
19741978 Portland Trail Blazers
19791985 San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers
19851987 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (1977, 1986)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1977)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1978)
  • NBA All-Star (1977, 1978)
  • All-NBA First Team (1978)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1977)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1977, 1978)
  • NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1986)
  • NBA rebounding leader (1977)
  • NBA blocks leader (1977)
  • No. 32 retired by Portland Trail Blazers
  • NBA 50th Anniversary Team
  • 2× NCAA champion (1972, 1973)
  • 2× NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1972, 1973)
  • 3× National college player of the year (1972–1974)
  • 3× Consensus first-team All-American (1972–1974)
  • No. 32 retired by UCLA


William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. He was the Most Valuable player in the NBA and is a two-time NBA champion.

He is the father of former player and coach Luke Walton

Early life

Walton was born in La Mesa, California, the son of Gloria Anne (née Hickey) and William Theodore "Ted" Walton. His listed adult playing height was 6 feet 11 inches; it has been reported that Walton is actually taller (7 feet 2 inches, or more) but does not like being categorized as a seven-footer.


Professional career

Portland Trail Blazers

San Diego Clippers

Boston Celtics

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