The UCLA Basketball All-Time Team

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2. Bill Walton 1971-74

The “Big Red Deadhead” would definitely be #1 if it was not for the current #1 center on this list. If anything, Walton is 1b. Though Walton is quite possibly the second best UCLA Basketball player ever, he also unfortunately gets the #2 spot in this position group.

Walton was one of the most dominant all-around players in the game. He was quick, agile and had a great basketball IQ. For his career, he averaged 20.3 ppg and 15.7 rpg, with a field goal percentage of .651.

Walton was also a part of something that may never be repeated in men’s college basketball, the 88-game win streak. The Bruins were literally unbeatable and did so by annihilating their competition, often by double-digit victories. During that win streak, UCLA won their 8th and 9th national championships. It was just unfortunate that when they finally lost, they also missed out on a chance for UCLA’s 10th title, but that would come later.

Despite not getting that 3rd championship, Walton was named the Naismith College Player of the Year. Walton was indeed one of the greatest to ever play the game and because of it, had his number retired in 1990.

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