Willie Burton

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Willie Burton
Personal information
Born (1968-05-26) May 26, 1968 (age 49)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Martin de Porres
(Detroit, Michigan)
College Minnesota (1986–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career 1990–2004
Position Small forward
Number 34, 9
Career history
19901994 Miami Heat
1994–1995 Philadelphia 76ers
1995 Aresium Milan (Italy)
1995–1996 Florida Beach Dogs (CBA)
1996–1997 Atlanta Hawks
1997–1998 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
1998 San Antonio Spurs
1999 Charlotte Hornets
1999–2000 Iraklio (Greece)
2000 Oklahoma Storm (USBL)
2000–2001 Idaho Stampede (CBA)
2001–2002 PBC Ural Great Perm (Russia)
2003 Great Lakes Storm (CBA)
2003–2004 Sagesse (Lebanon)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,243 (10.3 ppg)
Rebounds 932 (2.9 rpg)
Assists 393 (1.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Willie Ricardo Burton (born May 26, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (9th overall pick) in the 1990 NBA draft from the University of Minnesota. Burton played for numerous NBA teams as a journeyman from 1990 to 1999. He was born in Detroit where he attended high school at St. Martin De Porres. Willie has three children with Carla Burton.

Professional career[edit]

Burton was selected by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (9th overall pick) in the 1990 NBA draft from the University of Minnesota. He earned Second-Team All-Rookie Team status, averaging 12 ppg in his rookie campaign.[1]

Burton scored 53 points in a game for the Philadelphia 76ers against his former Heat team on December 13, 1994.[2] Burton only attempted 19 field goals in the game, which is a NBA record for fewest field goal attempts in a 50-point game.[3][4]

College career[edit]

The University of Minnesota reached the Sweet Sixteen during Burton's junior year (1989) and the Elite Eight during his senior season (1990).[5] Burton finished his college career as the Golden Gophers' second all-time leading scorer, with 1,800 points.[5] He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1990, a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 1989 and honorable mention All-Big Ten in 1988. After sharing team MVP honors in 1988, he earned was the sole winner of the team MVP in 1989 and 1990.[5]

High school career[edit]

Burton attended high school at St. Martin De Porres. The school won the Michigan Class C state championship in 1985 and 1986.[6] Burton was inducted into the Detroit Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 1990.[7]


  1. ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/burtowi01.html
  2. ^ NBA.com: Willie Burton Player Info
  3. ^ http://www.csnphilly.com/sports/today-in-philly-sports-history-willie-burton-scores-53-1994
  4. ^ http://www.sporcle.com/games/flibbidy/nba-50-pts-efficiently
  5. ^ a b c http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=39209&SPID=3302&DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=274536
  6. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/games/records/bbb.htm
  7. ^ http://www.aodonline.org/CHSL/Hall+of+Fame+10692/Hall+of+Fame+-+Athletes+.htm#1990

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