11 months ago
Bill Walton leading the Blazers to their only championship in the franchises first postseason. What made this performance so special was the unique way that The Big Red Head controlled the games. Being aggressive on the boards, blocking/altering shots and showing his incredible passing ability. He averaged a respectable 18.5 points but that was really an afterthought compared to everything else he was doing for his team. Certain players are just winners and stats don't come close to quantifying just how important they are to their teams success. This rings especially true for Walton who had always been successful without being a dominant scorer. Unfortunately for the Blazers and NBA fans he was rarely able to stay healthy playing only 468 out of a possible 1,066 games in 13 seasons. When healthy he not only won a title with Portland but was also named MVP the following year after leading Portland to a 50-10 record to start the season and was named 6th Man of The Year as a member of arguably the greatest team ever, the 1986 Boston Celtics.
Portland Trail Blazers (1974-78)
w/ Walton: 145-85 (63%)
w/o Walton: 51-66 (.435%)