Walt Frazier

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Walt Frazier
Walt frazier.jpg
Walt Frazier working as Knicks announcer during a game
No. 10, 11
Point guard
Personal information
Born(1945-03-29) March 29, 1945 (age 69)
Atlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolDavid T. Howard (Atlanta, Georgia)
CollegeSouthern Illinois (1963–1967)
NBA draft1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro playing career1967–1980
Career history
19671977New York Knicks
19771980Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points15,581 (18.9 ppg)
Rebounds4,830 (5.9 rpg)
Assists5,040 (6.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
 
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Walt Frazier
Walt frazier.jpg
Walt Frazier working as Knicks announcer during a game
No. 10, 11
Point guard
Personal information
Born(1945-03-29) March 29, 1945 (age 69)
Atlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolDavid T. Howard (Atlanta, Georgia)
CollegeSouthern Illinois (1963–1967)
NBA draft1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro playing career1967–1980
Career history
19671977New York Knicks
19771980Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points15,581 (18.9 ppg)
Rebounds4,830 (5.9 rpg)
Assists5,040 (6.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
Frazier signing a basketball as fans look on

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.

High school and college[edit]

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.

Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965. 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.

In 1967, Frazier and SIU won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), beating Marquette University 71-56 in the final at Madison Square Garden in New York. Frazier was named MVP of the 1967 tournament.

Professional career[edit]

Frazier was selected by the New York Knicks with the 5th pick in the 1967 NBA Draft and played for them during which time he picked up the nickname "Clyde" because he wore a similar hat to Warren Beatty who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde.[1] 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. After 10 years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In 1971, the New York Knicks traded for fellow NBA 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.

Honors[edit]

Won 2 NBA championships (1970,1973) with the New York Knicks. Walt Frazier's #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15, 1979.

In 1987, Walt Frazier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Pete Maravich and Rick Barry.

In 1996, he was elected to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Career statistics[edit]

Career highs[edit]

Top assist games[edit]

Occurred in playoff competition
AssistsOpponentHome/AwayDateMinutes
played
PointsRebounds
19Los Angeles LakersHomeMay 8, 197044367
17Baltimore BulletsAwayMarch 30, 196926
16Philadelphia 76ersAwayJanuary 22, 196922
16Los Angeles LakersHomeFebruary 18, 196930
16Philadelphia 76ersAwayMarch 9, 196918
16San Francisco WarriorsHomeOctober 23, 196918
16Phoenix SunsAwayDecember 28, 196942121

40 point games[edit]

Frazier scored 40 or more points five times in the regular season.

PointsOpponentHome/AwayDateMinutes
played
FGMFGAFTMFTAReboundsAssists
44Los Angeles LakersAwayNovember 2, 19734620284475
43San Diego RocketsHomeOctober 30, 196914221519
43Phoenix SunsAwayJanuary 11, 197548172491035
41Cincinnati RoyalsHomeJanuary 1, 19724517247893
41Indiana PacersAwayMarch 31, 19774512201720711

Regular season[edit]

StatHighOpponentDate
Points44at Los Angeles LakersNovember 2, 1973
Points, half (2nd)29vs. Cincinnati RoyalsJanuary 1, 1972
Field goal percentage18—22 (.818)at Buffalo BravesDecember 17, 1971
Field goals made20at Los Angeles LakersNovember 2, 1973
Field goal attempts28at Los Angeles LakersNovember 2, 1973
Free throws made, none missed
Free throws made, one missed
Free throws made17at Indiana PacersMarch 31, 1977
Free throw attempts20at Indiana PacersMarch 31, 1977
Rebounds16
Steals6at Indiana PacersMarch 31, 1977
Blocked shots

Playoffs[edit]

StatHighOpponentDate
Points38vs. Boston CelticsApril 19, 1974
Field goal percentage
Field goals made16
Field goal attempts31
Free throws made, none missed12—12vs. Los Angeles LakersMay 8, 1970
Free throws made, one missed
Free throws made12vs. Los Angeles LakersMay 8, 1970
Free throw attempts15
Rebounds16
Assists19vs. Los Angeles LakersMay 8, 1970
Steals
Blocked shots

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bradley, Bill (1976). Life on the Run. New York: RosettaBooks. ISBN 9780795323263. 

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