Baller of the Day: Walt Frazier

» June 30, 2008 6:15 AM | By Brandon Hoffman

Walt Frazier

Career Statistics

18.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 6.1 APG, 49 FG%, 79 FT%

“With a nickname taken by a Knicks trainer from the folk-hero robber Clyde Barrow, whose life was chronicled in the film Bonnie and Clyde, Frazier presided over the Knicks for 10 years from 1967 to 1977. He left holding team records for points scored, games played and assists.

Frazier later spent portions of three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending his career in 1979 with a lifetime average of 18.9 points per game in 825 regular-season games and 20.7 points per game in 93 playoff contests. But it was with the Knicks that Frazier helped redefine the character of professional basketball, significantly boosting its popularity in New York and beyond.

“It’s Clyde’s ball,” teammate and Knicks captain Willis Reed told Sport magazine at the height of the Frazier era in New York. “He just lets us play with it once in a while.”

As a Knicks player, Frazier scored 19.3 points per game, played in seven NBA All-Star Games, and was named to four All-NBA First Teams and seven NBA All-Defensive First Teams. He is especially remembered for his inspirational performance in the seventh and deciding game of a thrilling 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.”  [Read]

(Sources: NBA.com, YouTube, Basketball-reference.com)


2 Responses to “Baller of the Day: Walt Frazier”

  1. Carolyn Says:

    I love these posts about past greats. Another winner.

  2. Hoffman Says:

    Carolyn,

    Thanks!

    I started profiling Celtics-Lakers legends during the NBA Finals but I’ve decided to continue the profiles. I’m glad you enjoy them. I think it’s important that fans recognize all of the players that have paved the way for the stars of today.

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