Former Portland Trail Blazers center Bill Walton is an NBA great and Portland legend for leading the team to its only NBA Championship in 1977.
In a trip down memory lane, statistical guru Justin Kubatko highlighted a performance from Walton 46 years ago today, in 1976, that showcased his legendary talent. In a 116-109 win against the Hawks, Walton stuffed the stat sheet with a career-high 36 points, 22 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks.
Oh, and he did it all while shooting 77.3% from the field.
On this day in 1976, the @trailblazers Bill Walton scored a career-high 36 points in a 116-109 win over the Hawks.— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) January 11, 2022
Walton also contributed 22 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks, shooting 17-22 (77.3%) from the field. pic.twitter.com/UmRA3tRDYo
In 51 games played during the 1975-76 season, Walton averaged 16.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.
Given Walton’s performance in the mid-70s, it does make one wonder what might have been if the Trail Blazers had better luck with big men, or what could be if Walton played in today’s league, where self-care and injury maintenance take a high priority. Regardless, Walton is a Blazer for the ages.