Walter Herrmann

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Herrmann and the second or maternal family name is Heinrich.
For the nuclear physicist, see Walter Herrmann (physicist).
Walter Herrmann
Walter herrmann shooting.jpg
Herrmann with the Detroit Pistons
No. 1 – San Lorenzo
Position Small forward
League Liga Nacional de Basquetbol
Personal information
Born (1979-06-26) June 26, 1979 (age 37)
Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
Playing career 1996–present
Career history
1996–2000 Olimpia de Venado Tuerto (Argentina)
2000–2002 Atenas de Cordoba (Argentina)
2002–2003 Jabones Pardo Fuenlabrada (Spain)
2003–2006 Unicaja Málaga (Spain)
20062007 Charlotte Bobcats
2007–2009 Detroit Pistons
2009–2010 Caja Laboral (Spain)
2011–2012 Unión Deportiva de Venado Tuerto (Argentina)
2013–2014 Atenas de Córdoba (Argentina)
2014 Flamengo (Brazil)
2015–present San Lorenzo (Argentina)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Walter Herrmann Heinrich (born June 26, 1979) is an Argentine professional basketball player. He is listed at 6'9" and 225 lbs. He was a key member of the senior men's Argentine national basketball team that won the gold medal during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

Professional career[edit]


Herrmann began his pro career in the Argentine League with Olimpia Venado Tuerto in 1996. He played there until the year 2000. He won two Argentine League slam dunk contests during that time in 1999 and 2000. In 2000, he moved to the Argentine club Atenas Córdoba, and he played there until 2002. With Atenas, he was named the MVP of the Argentine League regular season in 2001 and the MVP of the Argentine League Finals in 2002.


Herrmann moved to the Spanish ACB League club Baloncesto Fuenlabrada for the 2002–03 season. He was named the regular season ACB League MVP that year. He then moved the Spanish club Unicaja Málaga and he played there until the year 2006. Then he moved on to the NBA (National Basketball Association). He returned to the Spanish League in July 2009, when he signed a 4-year contract worth 5.05 million euros net income with Saski Baskonia. The last two years of the contract being team options.[1][2]


In 2006, Herrmann signed a one-year contract worth $1.8 million with a team option for a 2nd year to play for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats during the 2006–07 NBA season [3] Herrmann won the NBA Eastern Conference rookie of the month honors in March 2007.[4] In his 13 March games, Herrmann averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and he shot 58.5 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from 3-point range.

Herrmann finished the 2006–07 NBA season averaging 9.2 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. Walter scored his NBA career-high 30 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 14 and also grabbed a career high 7 defensive rebounds in the same game. Walter made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team along with his teammate Adam Morrison at the end of the season. After the season was over, the Bobcats activated their team option on Herrmann for the 2007–08 NBA season, paying him $1.944 million.

On December 14, 2007, Herrmann, along with center Primož Brezec, was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for center Nazr Mohammed.[5] On August 2, 2008, it was announced that Herrmann had signed a one-year deal to keep him in Detroit for another season.[6]

After a one-year hiatus, Herrmann returned to Argentina to play in a local league for Unión Deportiva de Venado Tuerto.[7]

Argentine national team[edit]

Herrmann was a key reserve for years on the senior men's Argentine national basketball team. With Argentina's national team, he won the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA Americas Championship. He also won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

Herrmann also played at the 2006 FIBA World Championship with Argentina's national team. In 2012, he was invited to re-join Argentina's national team.[8]


The son of Héctor Herrmann and María Cristina Heinrich, Walter Herrmann is of German descent. He lost his mother, his younger sister and his fiancée in a car accident in July 2003. Exactly one year later, his father died of a heart attack.[9] Herrmann is married to his wife Elena.[10]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

2006–07 Charlotte 48 12 19.5 .527 .461 .774 2.9 .5 .4 .1 9.2
2007–08 Charlotte 17 0 10.2 .385 .346 .900 2.1 .2 .2 .0 4.0
2007–08 Detroit 28 0 7.1 .392 .289 .800 1.3 .5 .1 .0 3.0
2008–09 Detroit 59 0 10.7 .396 .342 .760 1.8 .4 .1 .1 3.8
Career 152 12 12.8 .458 .381 .786 2.1 .4 .2 .1 5.4


2008 Detroit 4 0 6.8 .250 1.000 .500 .3 .0 .0 .0 1.3
2009 Detroit 4 0 5.5 .375 .500 .000 .3 .5 .3 .0 2.0
Career 8 0 6.1 .333 .600 .500 .3 .3 .1 .0 1.6


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