Walt Piatkowski

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Walt Piatkowski
Personal information
Born (1945-06-11) June 11, 1945 (age 72)
Toledo, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Woodward (Toledo, Ohio)
College Bowling Green (1965–1968)
NBA draft 1968 / Round: 8 / Pick: 99th overall
Selected by the San Francisco Warriors
Position Forward
Number 34, 43
Career history
1968–1970 Denver Rockets
1971–1972 The Floridians
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Walter Piatkowski, Jr. (born June 11, 1945) is a retired American professional basketball player.

A 6'8" forward, Piatkowski began his career at Toledo Woodward High School then starred at Bowling Green State University, where he was a Converse Honorable Mention All-American in 1968.[1] He then played in the American Basketball Association from 1968 to 1970 as a member of the Denver Rockets. He received ABA All-Rookie Team honors with the Rockets in 1969 after averaging 12.2 points per game.[2] When the Rockets acquired Spencer Haywood the next season, Piatkowski saw his playing time drop, and in 1970, he briefly retired to work as a teacher. He returned to the ABA in the fall of 1971 as a member of The Floridians, but he was waived just a month into that season. He later became a salesman with a paper company.[3] He is Polish American.[4]

Piatkowski's son Eric Piatkowski played basketball at the University of Nebraska, and was drafted into the NBA in 1994.[3]


  1. ^ BGSU Men's Basketball 2009-10. 87. Retrieved on August 31, 2010.
  2. ^ Walter Piatkowski. basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on August 31, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Chris Baker. "Clippers watching rising son". Los Angeles Times. October 31, 1994. Retrieved on August 31, 2010.
  4. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1994-10-31/sports/sp-56849_1_rookie-piatkowski