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Walter Szczerbiak Sr. (born August 21, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player. At 6'6" (1.98 m), Szczerbiak played at the small forward position.

Walter Szczerbiak
Personal information
Born (1949-08-21) August 21, 1949 (age 69)
Hamburg, West Germany
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolSaint Casimir
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
CollegeGeorge Washington (1968–1971)
NBA draft1971 / Round: 4 / Pick: 65th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1971–1984
PositionSmall forward
Career history
1971–1972Pittsburgh Condors
1972–1973Wilkes-Barre Barons
1973–1980Real Madrid
1980–1982A.P.U. Udine
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

On February 3, 2008, Szczerbiak was chosen as one of the 50 most influential personalities to European club basketball, over the previous half-century, by the EuroLeague Basketball Experts Committee.[1]


College careerEdit

Born in Hamburg, West Germany, Szczerbiak attended George Washington University, where he played college basketball with the George Washington Colonials.

Club careerEdit

After college, Szczerbiak was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, in the 4th round (14th pick, 65th overall) of the 1971 NBA Draft.[2] He was also drafted by the Dallas Chaparrals, of the American Basketball Association (ABA), in the 1971 ABA Draft.[3]

Szczerbiak played in the ABA during the 1971–72 season, as a member of the Pittsburgh Condors. He then joined the Kentucky Colonels, who selected him in the Condors' dispersal draft, but he was later cut from Kentucky's roster.[4]

Szczerbiak won three EuroLeague titles with the Spanish League club Real Madrid (1974, 1978, and 1980). He also won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup three times with Real Madrid (1976, 1977, and 1978). He was named the MVP of the 1977 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.

Personal lifeEdit

Szczerbiak was born in West Germany, to Ukrainian parents, that had met in a refugee camp, after World War II. They later emigrated to Pittsburgh.[5]

His son Wally, is a former NBA player.


  1. ^ "EuroLeague official website, Experts decide European Club Basketball's 50 greatest contributors".
  2. ^ Walt Szczerbiak page
  3. ^ DatabaseBasketball 1971 Dallas Chaparrals page Archived 2009-09-09 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ April 20, 1999 Walt Szczerbiak interview with Brett Ballantini of Basketball News
  5. ^ "Wally's Worlds". 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2017-07-19.

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