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Walter Herrmann Heinrich (born June 26, 1979) is an Argentine professional basketball player. He is listed at 6'9" and 225 lbs. He was a key member of the senior men's Argentine national basketball team that won the gold medal during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

Walter Herrmann
Walter herrmann shooting.jpg
Herrmann with the Detroit Pistons
No. 1 – Atenas de Córdoba
PositionSmall forward
LeagueLiga Nacional de Básquet
Personal information
Born (1979-06-26) June 26, 1979 (age 40)
Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
NationalityArgentine
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2001 / Undrafted
Playing career1996–present
Career history
1996–2000Olimpia de Venado Tuerto
2000–2002Atenas de Córdoba
2002–2003Jabones Pardo Fuenlabrada
2003–2006Unicaja Málaga
20062007Charlotte Bobcats
2007–2009Detroit Pistons
2009–2010Caja Laboral
2011–2012Unión Deportiva de Venado Tuerto
2013–2014Atenas de Córdoba
20142015Flamengo
2015–2016San Lorenzo
2016–2018Obras Sanitarias
2018–presentAtenas de Córdoba
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Professional careerEdit

ArgentinaEdit

Herrmann began his pro career in the top-tier level Argentine League with Olimpia Venado Tuerto in 1996. He played there until the year 2000. He won two Argentine League slam dunk contests during that time in 1999 and 2000, and the Argentine League Revelation of the Year award (best rookie) in 1999. In 2000, he moved to the Argentine club Atenas Córdoba, and he played there until 2002. With Atenas, he was named the MVP of the Argentine League regular season in 2001, and the MVP of the Argentine League Finals in 2002.

After a 16 month long hiatus from last playing basketball in Spain, during the 2009–2010 season; Herrmann returned to Argentina in 2011, to play in a local regional minor league with Unión Deportiva de Venado Tuerto.[1] He spent the 2013–14 season with Atenas de Córdoba. He was the Argentine League's MVP in 2014.

After playing in the Brazilian League, during the 2014–15 season, he spent the 2015–16 season with the Argentine club San Lorenzo, with whom he won the Argentine League championship, and the Argentine League's Finals MVP award. He moved to the Argentine League club Obras Sanitarias, for the 2016–17 season.

SpainEdit

Herrmann moved to the Spanish ACB League club Baloncesto Fuenlabrada for the 2002–03 season. He was named the regular season ACB League MVP that year. He then moved the Spanish club Unicaja Málaga and he played there until the year 2006. Then he moved on to the NBA (National Basketball Association). He returned to the Spanish League in July 2009, when he signed a 4-year contract worth 5.05 million euros net income with Saski Baskonia. The last two years of the contract being team options.[2][3]

NBAEdit

In 2006, Herrmann signed a one-year contract worth $1.8 million with a team option for a 2nd year to play for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats during the 2006–07 NBA season [4] Herrmann won the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Award in March 2007.[5] In his 13 March games, Herrmann averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and he shot 58.5 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from 3-point range.

Herrmann finished the 2006–07 NBA season averaging 9.2 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. Walter scored his NBA career-high 30 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 14 and also grabbed a career high 7 defensive rebounds in the same game. Walter made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team along with his teammate Adam Morrison at the end of the season. After the season was over, the Bobcats activated their team option on Herrmann for the 2007–08 NBA season, paying him $1.944 million.

On December 14, 2007, Herrmann, along with center Primož Brezec, was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for center Nazr Mohammed.[6] On August 2, 2008, it was announced that Herrmann had signed a one-year deal to keep him in Detroit for another season.[7]

BrazilEdit

Herrmann spent the 2014–15 season, playing in the top-tier level Brazilian League, with Flamengo. With Flamengo, he won the 2014 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, and the Brazilian League's 2014–15 season championship.

National team careerEdit

Herrmann was a key reserve for years on the senior men's Argentine national basketball team. With Argentina's national team, he won the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA Americas Championship. He also won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

Herrmann also played at the 2006 FIBA World Championship with Argentina's national team. In 2012, he was invited to re-join Argentina's national team.[8] He also played at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

The son of Héctor Herrmann and María Cristina Heinrich, Walter Herrmann is of German descent. He lost his mother, his younger sister and his fiancée in a car accident in July 2003. Exactly one year later, his father died of a heart attack.[10] Herrmann is married to Spanish doctor Elena, whose father worked in CB Málaga when he played there. They have two children, Barbara (named after Hermann's deceased sister) and Leyton. Hermann also has a son, Federico, from a previous relationship.[11][12]

NBA career statisticsEdit

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 seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Charlotte 48 12 19.5 .527 .461 .774 2.9 .5 .4 .1 9.2
2007–08 Charlotte 17 0 10.2 .385 .346 .900 2.1 .2 .2 .0 4.0
2007–08 Detroit 28 0 7.1 .392 .289 .800 1.3 .5 .1 .0 3.0
2008–09 Detroit 59 0 10.7 .396 .342 .760 1.8 .4 .1 .1 3.8
Career 152 12 12.8 .458 .381 .786 2.1 .4 .2 .1 5.4

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Detroit 4 0 6.8 .250 1.000 .500 .3 .0 .0 .0 1.3
2009 Detroit 4 0 5.5 .375 .500 .000 .3 .5 .3 .0 2.0
Career 8 0 6.1 .333 .600 .500 .3 .3 .1 .0 1.6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Walter Herrmann vuelve al básquetbol, La Voz. Retrieved December 4, 2011. (Spanish)
  2. ^ Talkbasket.net Herrmann returns to Europe, signs with TAU.
  3. ^ Baskonia.com Walter Herrmann, tercer fichaje del TAU Cerámica (Spanish).
  4. ^ NBA: Bobcats Sign Walter Herrmann.
  5. ^ Hermann earns East's top rookie honors in March.
  6. ^ NBA: Bobcats Trade To Get Mohammed From Pistons.
  7. ^ Herrmann gets 1-year deal.
  8. ^ FIBA.com ARG - Herrmann back for national team.
  9. ^ Walter HERRMANN (ARG) participated in 7 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.
  10. ^ Sheridan, Chris (August 3, 2004). "Olympian's life steeped in tragedy". Associated Press.
  11. ^ Walter Herrmann, padre por segunda vez
  12. ^ Walter Herrmann, el último MVP.

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