The 25 Most Versatile Players in NBA History

20. Bill Walton

"Official" position: Center
Other position(s) played: Power Forward
Career years: (1974-1987)
Career stats: 13.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 2.2 BPG
Accolades: 1978 NBA MVP, 2x NBA Champion, 1x NBA Finals MVP, 1986 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, 2x NBA All-Star, 1x All-NBA First Team, 1x All-NBA Second Team

Affable center Bill Walton was one of the premier talents of his generation. Big Red was a big man who had the footwork and coordination to be a dominant force in the paint thanks to his ability to shoot, pass, and grab rebounds with equal skill. He was a commanding defender as well, leading the NBA in blocks during the 1976-77 season and also taking the rebounding title for good measure.

The potential he showed in those early seasons was never fully realized, though, thanks to a string of injuries suffered early in his career with the Portland Trail Blazers that forced him to miss more games than any player in the history of the NBA who was listed on a team's roster. However, he able to lead Portland to a 1977 title and help the Celtics win the 1986 chip as their sixth man (he also won Sixth Man of the Year that season).

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