Luther Burden was allocated the position of Shooting guard. He had a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weight of 185 lbs. He played for the University of Utah. In the 1974 FIBA World Championship, Burden won the bronze medal as a member of the United States Men’s National Basketball team. During this tournament, he recorded 20.2 points per game and this record is still existent. His junior year was 1975 and he had an average of 28.7 points per game. In this season, he managed 359 field goals which became a Western Athletic Conference Record.
After his junior season was complete, Burden was permitted to become professional as a hardship case. In the ABA, he was drafted by Virginia Squires and in the NBA by the New York Knicks. He opted to play for Virginia. During his season with Virginia, he and coach Bill Musselman had a grave argument. So, Burden decided to join the Knicks and played for this team in the 1976-77 season. In the 61 games that he played in, he averaged 10 minuted and 5.7 points per game.
In 1974, Luther Burden recorded 182 points and 20.2 points per game. In World Championship history, he is ranked the No. 1 player as the holder of this record.