Walton with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008
|Los Angeles Lakers|
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|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|Coaching career||2011, 2014–present|
|2003–2012||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2014–2016||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
|2016–present||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 10 seasons in the NBA as a forward, and won two NBA championships with the Lakers and won one with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach.
Walton played college basketball with the Arizona Wildcats. He was a second-team All-American and a two-time first-team all-conference selection in the Pac-10. He was selected in the second round of the 2003 NBA draft by the Lakers. 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.
As the Warriors' interim head coach in 2015–16, he guided the team to the longest winning streak to open a season in league history.
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. He has three brothers — Adam, Nathan and Chris. Walton attended University of San Diego High School in San Diego, California, graduating in 1998.
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.
Walton was a favorite of Lakers fans during his nine-year stint as a selfless, hard-working reserve player. 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. Following the season, on July 12, 2007, Walton was signed by the Lakers to a 6-year, $30 million contract. 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.
Walton's first coaching experience was with the University of Memphis, which hired Walton as an assistant coach during the 2011 NBA lockout. He remained an assistant at Memphis until the lockout was over.
Golden State Warriors
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. The Warriors won the 2015 NBA Finals after they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games to give Walton his third NBA championship and first as a coach.
During 2015–16 training camp in October 2015, Walton was appointed as the Warriors interim head coach when Steve Kerr took an indefinite leave of absence to rehabilitate his back that had been bothering him after the NBA Finals. Walton made his coaching debut in the season opener on October 27 in a 111–95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Three games later, he presided over the third-largest margin of victory in franchise history when the Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 119–69, which was also the largest margin in the league since 1991. The Warriors set a new NBA record by winning their first four games by a total margin of 100 points. With a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on November 24, he guided the Warriors to a 16th consecutive victory to start the season, a new NBA record.
Walton was named the NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in October and November, after guiding Golden State to a 19–0 start. He received the award despite technically being winless, since the Warriors' record was credited to Kerr. Since Kerr was still the head coach, NBA rules stipulated that the team's record under an interim coach be credited to the head coach, though the league considered altering the rule given Walton's case. However, the NBA permits an interim or acting head coach to be eligible for coaching awards. The Warriors extended their record start to 24–0. They were 39–4, the second-best start in league history, when Kerr resumed coaching full-time on January 22, 2016. Golden State ended the season an NBA-record 73–9, and Kerr was voted the NBA Coach of the Year. The coach had Walton, who coached more games during the season than Kerr (43–39), sit next to him on the podium at the award press conference. Walton finished ninth in the voting, receiving one second-place and two third-place votes.
Los Angeles Lakers
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.
On August 17, 2013, Walton married long-time girlfriend Bre Ladd. The two met at the University of Arizona, she was a standout middleblocker on the university's volleyball team.
NBA career statistics
|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|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Walton won an NBA championship|
- Pincus, Eric (October 1, 2015). "Former Laker Luke Walton named Warriors' interim head coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
- "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.
- Wolfson, Maxx (March 7, 2013). "From playing partners to parenthood". Arizona Daily Wildcat. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
- Plaschke, Bill (April 29, 2016). "Lakers go back to a sweet spot with hiring of Luke Walton". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016.
- Walton to stay with Lakers after agreeing to 6-year, $30 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
- "Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr to Take a Leave of Absence to Focus on Back Rehab". NBA.com. October 1, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- Kroichick, Ron (November 5, 2015). "Warriors survive 1st tough test, beat Clippers 112-108". SFGate.
- Simmons, Rusty (November 24, 2015). "Warriors dominate in historic 16th straight win". SFGate.
- "Cavs' Blatt, Warriors' Walton named Coaches of Month" (Press release). NBA. December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
- Kroichick, Ron (November 4, 2015). "Walton’s early success boosts Kerr’s career record". SFGate.
- "NBA reportedly considers crediting Luke Walton with Warriors' wins". Sporting News. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- "Luke Walton named NBA Coach of the Month despite being 'winless'". ESPN. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- Spears, Marc J. (January 22, 2016). "Steve Kerr set to return to coach Warriors". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on January 22, 2016.
- Steward, Carl (April 26, 2016). "Warriors' Steve Kerr is NBA's Coach of the Year". The Mercury News. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016.
- "Lakers Announce Agreement With Luke Walton to Become New Head Coach". NBA.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
- 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.
- Bell, Diane (16 August 2013). "NBA's Luke Walton to marry Saturday in Aspen, Colo.". UT San Diego. Retrieved 2015-04-29.
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- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com