Luke Walton is a retired professional basketball player and current assistant coach in the National Basketball Association. As a player, he has two NBA Championship rings and one as an assistant coach. He spent his playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Luke Theodore Walton was born on March 28, 1980, in San Diego, California in the United States of America. He stands 203 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 107 kg. Walton is right-handed and he played small forward and power forward.

His father is former NBA player Bill Walton and he was named after Maurice Lucas.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.03 m / 107 kg
Born 28 Mar 1980
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Little Wheats
Team History
208 cleveland cavaliers Cleveland 2012 - 2013
27 los angeles lakers Los Angeles 2003 - 2012

High School and College Career

He attended the University of San Diego High School. Later, he committed to play college basketball for the University of Arizona and was there from 1999 to 2003.

While there, he was named to the First-team All-Pac-10 twice.

Professional Career

After graduation, Luke was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the third pick in round two of the 2003 NBA Draft.

Known to be more of a passer than a shooter, Walton has been criticized often for passing up the opportunity to shoot, literally.

In 2004, Walton suffered an injury in the preseason preparations and was left out of the rotations but midway through the season, the coach’s resignation saw him get back his spot in the team.

In 2006-07, Walton improved his game considerably in all departments including field goals, 3-point shooting percentage, steals, blocks, rebounds, and assists. His efficiency rating also reached an all-time high and he became known as the most improved player on the Lakers’ roster. He was, subsequently, offered a 6-year $30 million contract by the Lakers.

This was followed by a disastrous 2007-08 season where Walton could do no right. Although he had a wonderful pre-season, once the regular season began, Walton began to find new lows. He was involved in several embarrassing moments including knocking a defensive rebound into his net. However, his performance improved considerably as the Lakers moved into the Playoff rounds.

In 2009 and 2010, he was instrumental in helping the Lakers win the NBA championship. In 2012, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers before she retired in 2013.

In 2011, he started working as an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers. Then from 2013 to 2014, he was hired to the player development team of the Los Angeles D-Fenders. From 2014 to 2016, he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. During that time, he won an NBA Championship with the team.

Then from 2016 to 2019, he was a coach for the Lakers and then from 2019 to 2021, he coached the Sacramento Kings. In 2022, he was hired as an assistant coach by the Cavaliers.

Career Highlights

As player:

  • 2009, 2010 - NBA champion
  • 2002 - Second-team All-American – SN
  • 2002, 2003 - First-team All-Pac-10

As assistant coach:

  • 2015 - NBA champion

Team History:

As coach:

  • 2011 - Memphis Tigers (assistant)
  • 2013–2014 - Los Angeles D-Fenders (player development)
  • 2014–2016 - Golden State Warriors (assistant)
  • 2016–2019 - Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2019–2021 - Sacramento Kings
  • 2022–present - Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)

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