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Walt Frazier working as Knicks announcer during a game
March 29, 1945 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||David T. Howard (Atlanta, Georgia)|
|College||Southern Illinois (1963–1967)|
|NBA draft||1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|1967–1977||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||15,581 (18.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,830 (5.9 rpg)|
|Assists||5,040 (6.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two NBA Championships (1970 and 1973), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; he is currently a color commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network. He lives in Harlem with his long-term partner, Patricia James, and they also have a home in St. Croix. He is the father of a son referred to both as Walt Jr. and, later, Walt III. Frazier is a member of the prestigious Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.
High school and college
The eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlanta's David Tobias Howard High School. He quarterbacked the football team and played catcher on the baseball team. He learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the only facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University. Although he was offered other scholarships for his football skills, Frazier accepted a basketball offer from Southern Illinois University, saying that "there were no black quarterbacks, so I played basketball."
Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965. As a sophomore in 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament only to lose in the finals to Jerry Sloan and the Evansville Purple Aces 85-82 in overtime. In 1966, he was academically ineligible for basketball.
SIU moved up from Division II to Division I. In 1967, Frazier and SIU won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), beating Marquette University 71-56 in the final in the last college basketball game played at the old Madison Square Garden in New York. Frazier was named MVP of the 1967 tournament.
New York Knicks
Frazier was selected by the New York Knicks with the 5th pick in the 1967 NBA draft. While playing for them, he picked up the nickname "Clyde" due to wearing a similar hat to Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968. He was an NBA All-Star seven times (and was named MVP of the 1975 NBA All-Star Game), was named to the All-NBA First Team four times, the All-NBA Second Team twice, and the All-Defensive First Team seven times. With Frazier, the Knicks captured the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973.
In 1971, the New York Knicks traded for star guard Earl "the Pearl" Monroe to form what was known as the "Rolls Royce Backcourt" with Frazier. While there were initial questions as to whether Frazier and Monroe could coexist as teammates, the duo eventually meshed to become one of the most effective guard combinations of all time, leading the Knicks to the 1973 NBA championship. That pairing is one of few backcourts ever to feature two Hall of Famers and NBA 50th Anniversary Team members.
Frazier held Knicks franchise records for most games (759), minutes played (28,995), field goals attempted (11,669), field goals made (5,736), free throws attempted (4,017), free throws made (3,145), assists (4,791) and points (14,617). Center Patrick Ewing would eventually break most of those records, but Frazier's assists record still stands.
After 10 years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He retired in 1980.
Won 2 NBA championships (1970, 1973) with the New York Knicks. Frazier's #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15, 1979.
In 1996, he was elected to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Top assist games
|Occurred in playoff competition|
|19||Los Angeles Lakers||Home||May 8, 1970||44||36||7|
|17||Baltimore Bullets||Away||March 30, 1969||44||26||7|
|16||Philadelphia 76ers||Away||January 22, 1969||22|
|16||Los Angeles Lakers||Home||February 18, 1969||30|
|16||Philadelphia 76ers||Away||March 9, 1969||18|
|16||San Francisco Warriors||Home||October 23, 1969||18|
|16||Phoenix Suns||Away||December 28, 1969||42||12||1|
40 point games
Frazier scored 40 or more points five times in the regular season.
|44||Los Angeles Lakers||Away||November 2, 1973||46||20||28||4||4||7||5|
|43||San Diego Rockets||Home||October 30, 1969||14||22||15||19|
|43||Phoenix Suns||Away||January 11, 1975||48||17||24||9||10||3||5|
|41||Cincinnati Royals||Home||January 1, 1972||45||17||24||7||8||9||3|
|41||Indiana Pacers||Away||March 31, 1977||45||12||20||17||20||7||11|
|Points||44||at Los Angeles Lakers||November 2, 1973|
|Points, half (2nd)||29||vs. Cincinnati Royals||January 1, 1972|
|Field goal percentage||18—22 (.818)||at Buffalo Braves||December 17, 1971|
|Field goals made||20||at Los Angeles Lakers||November 2, 1973|
|Field goal attempts||28||at Los Angeles Lakers||November 2, 1973|
|Free throws made||17||at Indiana Pacers||March 31, 1977|
|Free throw attempts||20||vs. Seattle SuperSonics||December 2, 1969|
|Free throw attempts||20||at Indiana Pacers||March 31, 1977|
|Steals||6||at Indiana Pacers||March 31, 1977|
|Points||38||vs. Capital Bullets||April 7, 1974|
|Points||38||at Boston Celtics||April 19, 1974|
|Field goal percentage|
|Field goals made||16||vs. Capital Bullets||April 7, 1974|
|Field goal attempts||31|
|Free throws made, none missed||12—12||vs. Los Angeles Lakers||May 8, 1970|
|Free throws made||12||vs. Los Angeles Lakers||May 8, 1970|
|Free throw attempts||15||at Boston Celtics||April 23, 1972|
|Rebounds||16||vs. Baltimore Bullets||April 2, 1970|
|Assists||19||vs. Los Angeles Lakers||May 8, 1970|
Frazier is also known for his iconic fashion sense and unique style. The website Clyde So Fly  catalogs and grades every suit the Living Legend wears while broadcasting New York Knicks games on the MSG Network. 
- Bradley, Bill (1976). Life on the Run. New York: RosettaBooks. ISBN 9780795323263.
- Kickin' it with a (former) Knick: Walt Frazier ESPN. September 19, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Walt Frazier.|
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- NBA Encyclopedia
- Basketball Hall of Fame profile
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
- Walt Frazier (in the New Georgia Encyclopedia)
- La Monica, Mark (2007-11-30). "I want my Clyde TV". Long Island Newsday. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21.