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Bill Walker
Boston Celtics  – No. 12
Small forward
Born October 9, 1987 (1987-10-09) (age 22)
Huntington, West Virginia
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
High school Rose Hill Christian HS
(Ashland, Kentucky),[1]
North College Hill HS
(North College Hill, Ohio)
College Kansas State
Draft 2nd round, 47th overall, 2008
Washington Wizards
Pro career 2008present

William Henry Walker[2] (born October 9, 1987 in Huntington, West Virginia), commonly referred to as Bill Walker, is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. The 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 220 lb (100 kg; 16 st) small forward was selected out of Kansas State University by the Washington Wizards with the 47th overall pick in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, but was traded shortly thereafter to the Boston Celtics in exchange for cash considerations.

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High school

Walker was a three-year starter at North College Hill High School, where he was a consensus Top 10 high school recruit[3][4] and a teammate of O.J. Mayo. His achievements include:

As a sophomore and junior in 2005 and 2006, Walker helped North College Hill to back-to-back Ohio Division III state titles and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 State Tournament. In 2006, North College Hill finished third in the USA Today Super 25 High School rankings,[8] with Walker averaging 21.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He was selected the USA Today National Player of the Week on March 27, 2006. In the fall of 2006, Walker graduated early after it was ruled that he had used all of his high school athletics eligibility the previous year.[1]

Walker also helped the USA White team to a 5–0 record at the 2005 USA Youth Development Festival in San Diego, California, where he played alongside Ohio State freshman Greg Oden and Kansas freshman Darrell Arthur. He was the only three-time Most Valuable Player at the Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey.

College

After receiving interest from many NCAA teams, including Cincinnati, Connecticut, Illinois, Syracuse, Southern California and Texas, Walker enrolled at Kansas State University as a part-time student in order to be eligible to play on December 16, 2006, the start of the second semester.[6] He had an immediate impact on the team, averaging 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in his first six games. However, he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee early in a game against Texas A&M on January 6, 2007, which required surgery and abruptly ended his freshman season.[9] This was the second time he suffered this type of injury, going through surgery and rehab in his right knee in 2003.[9]

In the 2007–08 season, Walker averaged 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 31 games. He tied his career-high with 31 points in a 92–86 loss at Baylor on February 23, 2008, and combined with teammate Michael Beasley to score 75 of the Wildcats' 86 points in that game. On April 14, 2008, Walker announced along with teammate Michael Beasley that he would enter the 2008 NBA Draft and thus forgo his last three years of eligibility.[10]

NBA

Many considered Walker a lottery pick,[11] but he suffered the third knee injury in his career during a workout at the Golden State Warriors facility on June 15, 2008.[12] He remained in the draft despite the injury,[13] and was selected on June 26, 2008 by the Washington Wizards with the 47th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, but was subsequently traded to the Boston Celtics for cash considerations after visiting the Celtics three days earlier.[14] He was expected to have minor surgery in July that would keep him out for three to four weeks.[15][16]

In November 2008, Walker was sent to the Celtics' NBA Development League affiliate, the Utah Flash,[17] and was recalled on January 8, 2009.

On November 21, 2009, the Celtics assigned Walker to the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League.[18]

On December 23, 2009, the Celtics recalled Walker from the Maine Red Claws.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008-09 Boston 29 0 7.4 .621 .000 .696 1.0 .4 .2 .1 3.0
Career 29 0 7.4 .621 .000 .696 1.0 .4 .2 .0 3.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008-09 Boston 4 0 2.5 .000 .000 1.000 .0 .0 .5 .0 .5
Career 4 0 2.5 .000 .000 1.000 .0 .0 .5 .0 .5

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