Walton with the Lakers
|Golden State Warriors|
March 28, 1980 |
San Diego, California
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||University of San Diego HS
(San Diego, California)
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2003–2012||Los Angeles Lakers|
|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. 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 have both won multiple NBA championships. Bill won in 1977 and 1986, and Luke in 2009 and 2010. His best season statistically was 2006–07 with over 11 points, 5 rebounds, and over 4 assists per game.
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. 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.
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.
In 2006–07, Walton had a career year, posting 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. 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.
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.
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 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.
NBA career statistics
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|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|
- "Warriors Announce Steve Kerr's Coaching Staff". Golden State Warriors. 3 July 2014.
- Tomasson, Chris (2010-06-15). "Bill Walton "I'm Back In The Game Of Life"". NBA.FanHouse.com. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- Walton to stay with Lakers after agreeing to 6-year, $900 million deal
- "Cavaliers Acquire 2012 First Round Pick, Kapono, Walton and Right To Swap 2013 First Round Picks From Lakers". NBA.com. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- Pastner Recommends Luke Walton For Tigers Hoops Assistant Coach Position
- Luke Walton hired as player development coach in D-League
- Pincus, Eric (October 3, 2013). "Byron Scott and Luke Walton join TWC SportsNet broadcast team". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 15, 2014.
- SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports – Walton to make acting debut on 'Young and Restless'
- Winton, Richard. (2008-12-19) Luke Walton's stalker pleads no contest, sentenced to probation The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-11-13.