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William T. "Bill" Walton

Enshrined 1993
San Diego, CA
Born: November 5, 1952

Biography

A team leader on defense, Bill Walton was a superb rebounder and outlet passer on the fast break. Offensively, Walton could score from the post position; his best move being a jump hook that he shot with either hand. Above all, Walton set the tone for his teammates. He was all business on the court and his success is well chronicled. Walton had an outstanding career at UCLA where he led the Bruins to two national championships and an 88-game winning streak. His deft passing, shooting, jumping, and running skills led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA Championship. He was named league MVP and All-NBA First-Team in 1978. Although chronic foot and knee injuries prohibited Walton from enjoying an extended professional career, he was the consummate team player. Many believe that if injuries hadn't curtailed his career, he would have been recognized as the best all-around center ever.

Career Highlights

The Sporting News College Player of the Year, 1972-74
NBA Sixth Man Award, 1986
NBA championship with Boston, 1986
NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, 1996