Luke Walton

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Luke Walton
Luke Walton1.jpg
Walton with the Lakers in 2008
Golden State Warriors
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1980-03-28) March 28, 1980 (age 35)
San Diego, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school University of San Diego HS
(San Diego, California)
College Arizona (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2003–2013
Coaching career 2014–present
Career history
As player:
20032012 Los Angeles Lakers
20122013 Cleveland Cavaliers
As coach:
2014–present Golden State Warriors (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980) is a former professional basketball player who currently works as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.[1] During his stint in the NBA as a player, he played small forward. He was known for being a great defender while playing. After the 2010 NBA Finals, Walton and his father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton, became the first father and son to have both won multiple NBA championships. Bill won in 1977 and 1986, and Luke in 2009 and 2010.[2] His best season statistically was 2006–07 with over 11 points, 5 rebounds, and over 4 assists per game.

Early life[edit]

The son of former UCLA and NBA standout Bill Walton, Luke Walton was named after his father's close friend and former Portland Trail Blazers teammate Maurice Lucas.[citation needed] He has three brothers — Adam, Nathan and Chris. Nathan ran unsuccessfully for governor during the 2003 California recall. Walton attended University of San Diego High School in San Diego, California, graduating in 1998.

College[edit]

Walton played basketball at the University of Arizona under coach Lute Olson. His best year statistically was as a junior, when he averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. During his senior year he averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 0.9 steals per game.

Walton graduated from Arizona in the spring of 2003 after completing work in family studies and human development.

At 6 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 235 pounds, Walton was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2003 NBA Draft with the third pick of the second round (32nd overall).

NBA career[edit]

Walton in 2008.

In 2006–07, Walton had his best year in the NBA. He scored a career-high 25 points against the Atlanta Hawks on December 8, 2006. For the season he posted career-high per-game averages in minutes, field goal percentage, steals, blocks, rebounds, assists and points. His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) also reached a career high. Following the season, on July 12, 2007, Walton was signed by the Lakers to a 6-year, $30 million contract.[3] The Lakers won two NBA championships during Walton's time with the team. On March 15, 2012, Walton was traded along with Jason Kapono and a 2012 first-round draft choice to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga.[4]

Coaching[edit]

Walton's first coaching experience was with the University of Memphis, which hired Walton as an assistant coach during the 2011 NBA lockout.[5] Hired August 22, 2011, his employment there lasted for the duration of the lockout.

Following his retirement Walton was hired as a player development coach by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, joining the team in November 2013 for the 2013–14 season.[6]

The following year Walton became an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. Said Walton, “We are gonna run parts of the triangle offense, and I know that thing front and back." Walton joined the Warrior staff July 3, 2014.[1]

Broadcasting[edit]

Walton was hired by Time Warner Cable SportsNet in 2013 to join their Lakers on-air broadcast team.[7]

Personal[edit]

On his right arm, there is a tattoo of four Grateful Dead-type dancing skeletons, each one with a basketball; the skeletons represent Luke and his three brothers.

In 2006, Walton made a cameo appearance on the television soap opera The Young and the Restless.[8]

In December 2008, a woman named Stacy Elizabeth Beshear pleaded no contest to charges of stalking Walton. At one point, she pulled up to Walton's car and "pretended to fire gunshots at him with her hand." She was sentenced to three years' probation, told to attend weekly counseling sessions for a year and ordered to stay away for three years from Walton's home and from the Lakers' games and practices.[9]

In 2009, Luke and his father became the third father-son duo to both win NBA championships as players, following the Guokases (Matt Sr. and Matt Jr.) and the Barrys (Rick and Brent).

On August 17, 2013 Walton married long time girlfriend Bre Ladd. The two had met at the Univeristy of Arizona, where the 6'1" Ladd was a standout middleblocker on the university's volleyball team.[10]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 L.A. Lakers 72 2 10.1 .900 .333 .705 1.8 1.6 .4 .1 2.4
2004–05 L.A. Lakers 61 5 12.6 .411 .262 .708 2.3 1.5 .4 .2 3.2
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 69 6 19.3 .412 .327 .750 3.6 2.3 .6 .2 5.0
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 60 60 33.0 .474 .387 .745 5.0 4.3 1.0 .4 11.4
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 74 31 23.4 .450 .333 .706 3.9 2.9 .8 .2 7.2
2008–09 L.A. Lakers 65 34 17.9 .436 .298 .719 2.8 2.7 .5 .2 5.0
2009–10 L.A. Lakers 29 0 9.4 .357 .412 .500 1.3 1.4 .3 .0 2.4
2010–11 L.A. Lakers 54 0 9.0 .328 .235 .700 1.2 1.1 .2 .1 1.7
2011–12 L.A. Lakers 9 0 7.2 .429 .000 .000 1.6 .6 .2 .0 1.3
2011–12 Cleveland 21 0 14.2 .353 .438 .000 1.7 1.4 .1 .0 2.0
2012–13 Cleveland 50 0 17.1 .392 .299 .500 2.9 3.3 .8 .3 3.4
Career 564 138 17.2 .429 .326 .715 2.8 2.3 .6 .2 4.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 L.A. Lakers 17 0 7.9 .345 .385 .700 1.3 1.5 .4 .1 1.9
2006 L.A. Lakers 7 7 33.6 .458 .364 1.000 6.4 1.7 1.0 .1 12.1
2007 L.A. Lakers 5 5 25.6 .389 .417 .750 4.2 2.6 1.4 .2 7.2
2008 L.A. Lakers 21 0 16.8 .454 .423 .722 2.6 2.0 .5 .2 6.0
2009 L.A. Lakers 21 0 15.8 .427 .313 .611 2.5 2.1 .7 .1 3.8
2010 L.A. Lakers 16 0 6.0 .304 .222 .500 .5 .9 .1 .1 1.1
2011 L.A. Lakers 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 0 0 0 0
Career 88 12 14.6 .420 .360 .701 2.3 1.7 .5 .1 4.3

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