- Walt Frazier
Walt Frazier Walt Frazier working as Knicks announcer during a game No. 10, 11 Point guard Personal information Date of birth March 29, 1945 Place of birth Atlanta, Georgia Nationality American High school David T. Howard (Atlanta, Georgia) Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg) Career information College Southern Illinois (1963–1964, 1967) NBA Draft 1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall Selected by the New York Knicks Pro career 1967–1980 League NBA Career history 1967–1977 New York Knicks 1977–1980 Cleveland Cavaliers Career highlights and awards
- 2× NBA Champion (1970, 1973)
- 7× NBA All-Star (1970–1976)
- NBA All-Star Game MVP (1975)
- 4 ×All-NBA First Team (1970, 1972, 1974–1975)
- 2× All-NBA Second Team (1971, 1973)
- 7× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1969–1975)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (1968)
- #10 Retired by the New York Knicks
- NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
Career NBA statistics Points 15,581 (18.9 ppg) Rebounds 4,830 (5.9 rpg) Assists 5,040 (6.1 apg) Stats at NBA.com Stats at Basketball-Reference.com Basketball Hall of Fame as player
Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was blessed with a unique combination of court vision, quickness, and size (he stands 6'4") for a guard. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two NBA Championships (1970 & 1973), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; he is currently the color commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network.
High school and colleges
The eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlanta's David Tobias Howard High School. He quarterbacked the football team and played catcher on the baseball team. He learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the only facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After having a great career at Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University. Although he was offered other scholarships for his football skills, Frazier accepted a basketball offer from Southern Illinois University.
Frazier wasted no time in becoming one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965. In 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament only to lose in the finals to Evansville 85-82 in overtime. In 1966, he was academically ineligible for basketball.
There was also controversy about SIU's "small school" status which kept them out of the more prestigious NCAA tournament.
Frazier was selected by the New York Knicks with the 5th pick in the 1967 NBA Draft and played for them during which time he picked up the nickname "Clyde" because he wore a similar hat to Warren Beatty who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968. He was an NBA All-Star seven times (and was named MVP of the 1975 NBA All-Star Game), was named to the All-NBA First Team four times, the All-NBA Second Team twice, and the All-Defensive First Team seven times. With Frazier, the Knicks captured the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. After 10 years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the LA Lakers, widely known for an injured Willis Reed's inspiring appearance onto the court, it was Clyde who was the unsung hero putting up an astounding 36 points and 19 assists leading the Knicks to their first NBA championship.
Frazier held Knicks franchise records for most games (759), minutes played (28,995), field goals attempted (11,669), field goals made (5,736), free throws attempted (4,017), free throws made (3,145), assists (4,791) and points (14,617). Center Patrick Ewing would eventually break most of those records, but Frazier's assists record still stands.
Frazier was also one of the first players to make stealing the ball an art form. He would make sudden steals and surprise the offense. When asked about his defensive success, he answered that he did not believe in contact defense. Instead, he defended in such a manner that it appeared he was not playing defense. When he did so, the offensive player was often tricked into letting his guard down whereby Frazier would steal the ball with his quick hands.
Frazier currently works as a commentator alongside Mike Breen for MSG Network telecasts of Knicks games. He also worked with Breen previously on the radio broadcasts before his switch to television in 1997, and also worked on Knicks games with Marv Albert. As a broadcaster, Frazier has coined many rhyming phrases, such as "dishing and swishing", "duping and hooping", "posting and toasting", "wheeling and dealing", "winning and grinning", "using and abusing", "shaking and baking", "bounding and astounding," etc.
Walt Frazier's #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15, 1979.
In 1996, he was elected to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Top assist games
Occurred in playoff competition Assists Opponent Home/Away Date Minutes
Points Rebounds 19 Los Angeles Lakers Home May 8, 1970 44 36 7 17 Baltimore Bullets Away March 30, 1969 26 16 Philadelphia 76ers Away January 22, 1969 22 16 Los Angeles Lakers Home February 18, 1969 30 16 Philadelphia 76ers Away March 9, 1969 18 16 San Francisco Warriors Home October 23, 1969 18 16 Phoenix Suns Away December 28, 1969 42 12 1
40 point games
Frazier scored 40 or more points five times in the regular season.
Points Opponent Home/Away Date Minutes
FGM FGA FTM FTA Rebounds Assists 44 Los Angeles Lakers Away November 2, 1973 46 20 28 4 4 7 5 43 San Diego Rockets Home October 30, 1969 14 22 15 19 43 Phoenix Suns Away January 11, 1975 48 17 24 9 10 3 5 41 Cincinnati Royals Home January 1, 1972 45 17 24 7 8 9 3 41 Indiana Pacers Away March 31, 1977 45 12 20 17 20 7 11
Stat High Opponent Date Points 44 at Los Angeles Lakers November 2, 1973 Points, half (2nd) 29 vs. Cincinnati Royals January 1, 1972 Field goal percentage 18—22 (.818) at Buffalo Braves December 17, 1971 Field goals made 20 at Los Angeles Lakers November 2, 1973 Field goal attempts 28 at Los Angeles Lakers November 2, 1973 Free throws made, none missed — Free throws made, one missed — Free throws made 17 at Indiana Pacers March 31, 1977 Free throw attempts 20 at Indiana Pacers March 31, 1977 Rebounds 16 Steals 6 at Indiana Pacers March 31, 1977 Blocked shots
Stat High Opponent Date Points 38 Field goal percentage Field goals made 16 Field goal attempts 31 Free throws made, none missed 12—12 vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 8, 1970 Free throws made, one missed — Free throws made 12 vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 8, 1970 Free throw attempts 15 Rebounds 16 Assists 19 vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 8, 1970 Steals Blocked shots
- While he was a steely, no-nonsense competitor in games, Frazier was known for his flamboyant sense of style off of the court. Bringing glamor to Madison Square Garden, Frazier would arrive at games in a Rolls Royce, dressed in designer suits, broad-brimmed Borsalino hats, and full-length mink coats.
- Frazier is well-known as a spokesman for Just for Men hair products, along with former New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez. Denzel Washington's character "Keith Frazier" in the film Inside Man was named after the duo.
- Frazier became one of the first NBA players to have his own signature shoe model when he endorsed the eponymous suede Clydes athletic shoes made by Puma. The shoe has proven to be very popular over the years, and is in its third decade of production.
- NBA Encyclopedia
- Basketball Hall of Fame profile
- Frazier's Career Statistics
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
- Walt Frazier (in the New Georgia Encyclopedia)
- Clyde TV
NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
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