The 25 Best NBA Careers Ruined by Injury

2. Bill Walton

Career year: 1974-1987
Career stats
: 13.3 PPG 10.5 RPG 3.4 APG SPG 2.2 BPG
Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics

A favorite NBA commentator for many of us fans, Bill Walton was also one of the league's more memorable big men during his playing days. After being drafted No. 1 overall by the Blazers, Walton came into the NBA as a rebounding machine who eventually led the team to a title in 1977 and also won the MVP.

However, foot and ankle injuries plagued him the rest of his career which never allowed him to regain his Blazer heyday form. He ended up picking up a title and the Sixth Man of the Year in 1986 with the Celtics. Even with the injuries, Walton's college career and his short NBA tenure were good enough to get him into the Hall of Fame.

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