Luke Walton

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Luke Walton
Luke Walton1.jpg
Walton with the Lakers
Golden State Warriors
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1980-03-28) March 28, 1980 (age 34)
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 playing career 2003–2013
Career history
As player:
20032012 Los Angeles Lakers
20122013 Cleveland Cavaliers
As coach:
2014–present Golden State Warriors (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball coach and a former player who works as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.[1] He played the Small Forward position. He was known for being a great defender while playing. He currently coaches for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. After the 2010 NBA Finals, Walton and his father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton, became the first father and son to both have 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]

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

College[edit]

After graduating from University of San Diego High School in 1998, Walton enrolled at the University of Arizona and majored in family studies and human development. There, he played for the Wildcats under coach Lute Olson. In his junior year, Walton averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. As a fifth-year senior, he averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 0.9 steals.

Walton graduated from Arizona at the end of 2003, and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2003 NBA Draft with the third pick of the second round (32nd overall). Walton stands 6 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 235 pounds.

NBA career[edit]

Walton in 2008.

In 2006–07, Walton had a career year, with 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. He scored a career high 25 points against the Atlanta Hawks on December 8, 2006. Following the season, on July 12, 2007, Walton was signed by the Lakers to a 6-year, $30 million contract.[3] Walton managed to win two NBA championships with his time with the Lakers.

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]

On August 22, 2011, the University of Memphis hired Walton as an assistant coach for the duration of the 2011 NBA lockout.[5]

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

In July 2014, Walton began finalizing an agreement to become an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. “Being a younger, former player, being able to still get out there and mix it up with the guys when need be,” Walton stated. “We are gonna run parts of the triangle offense and I know that thing front and back so he’s counting on me to be able to help out a lot in that area.” He was officially hired as an assistant coach for the Warriors on 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).

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 .425 .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

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
  • Luke Walton at Basketball-Reference.com