Luke Theodore Walton is a professional basketball player from the USA who plays as a small forward. The son of former NBA legend Bill Walton, Luke went to the Shady Hill School and played basketball for the team, while his dad was busy playing for the Boston Celtics. Luke attended the University of San Diego High School before making his way into the University of Arizona.
Playing for the Wildcats, Luke averaged 15.7 points in his junior year; averaging 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. He also had 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. In his senior year, his scoring average dropped to 10.8 points while he had 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game. After graduation, Luke was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the third pick of round two of the 2003 NBA Draft. Since then, till date, he has been with the Lakers.
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 would improve 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 own net. However, his performance improved considerably as the Lakers moved into the Playoff rounds.