Wally Szczerbiak is a Spanish-born American former professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association from 1999 to 2009. Teams he has played with include the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also represented the United States in international events like the FIBA Americas Championship.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Walter Robert “Wally” Szczerbiak Jr. was born on March 5, 1977, in Madrid, Spain. He stands 201 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 111 kg. He plays right-handed and he is a small forward.

He is the son of former American Basketball Association player Walt Szczerbiak. He spent most of his young life in Spain where his father played. When Walt retired, the Szczerbiak returned to the United States.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.01 m / 111 kg
Born 5 Mar 1977
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Wally
Team History
208 cleveland cavaliers Cleveland 2008 - 2009
Seattle SuperSonics Seattle SuperSonics 2007 - 2008
26 boston celtics Boston 2006 - 2007
226 minnesota timberwolves Minnesota 1999 - 2006

High School and College Career

He attended Cold Spring Harbor in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Later, he attended Miami University (Ohio) from 1995 to 1999.

Professional Career

Szczerbiak turned pro in 1999. He was a first-round pick, selected 6th overall in the first round of that year’s NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played for them from 1999 to 2006. In 2000, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In 2001, he was also named the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP, and then in 2002, he was named an NBA All-Star.

In addition to his professional career, he also represented the United States internationally, including in the 1999 FIBA Americas Championships, which was held in San Juan. He was part of Team USA, they won the gold.

From 2006 to 2007, he played for the Boston Celtics, and from 2007 to 2008, he was with the Seattle SuperSonics. His last season in the NBA was the 2008-2009 season, he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He retired in 2009.

Career Highlights and Awards

  • 2002 - NBA All-Star
  • 2000 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 2001 - NBA Rookie Challenge MVP
  • 1999 - Consensus second-team All-American
  • 1999 - MAC Player of the Year
  • 1998, 1999 - First-team All-MAC
  • No. 32 retired by Miami RedHawks

Career NBA Statistics

  • Points - 9,195 (14.1 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 2,602 (4.0 rpg)
  • Assists - 1,532 (2.4 apg)

Medal Record

  • 1999 – San Juan FIBA Americas Championship, Men’s Basketball, Gold
  • 1998 – Goodwill Games New York, Men’s Basketball, Gold
  • 2001 – Goodwill Games Brisbane, Men’s Basketball, Gold

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