Willie Ricardo Burton (born May 26, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Miami Heat in the first round (9th overall pick) in the 1990 NBA draft from the University of Minnesota. Burton played for numerous NBA teams as a journeyman from 1990 to 1999. He was born in Detroit where he attended high school at St. Martin De Porres. Willie has three children with Carla Burton.
|Born||May 26, 1968|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Saint Martin de Porres|
|NBA draft||1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|1995–1996||Florida Beach Dogs|
|1997–1998||Quad City Thunder|
|1998||San Antonio Spurs|
|2001–2002||PBC Ural Great Perm|
|2003||Great Lakes Storm|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,243 (10.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||932 (2.9 rpg)|
|Assists||393 (1.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Burton was selected by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (9th overall pick) in the 1990 NBA draft from the University of Minnesota. He earned Second-Team All-Rookie Team status, averaging 12 ppg in his rookie campaign.
Burton scored 53 points in a game for the Philadelphia 76ers against his former Heat team on December 13, 1994. Burton only attempted 19 field goals in the game, which is a NBA record for fewest field goal attempts in a 50-point game.
The University of Minnesota reached the Sweet Sixteen during Burton's junior year (1989) and the Elite Eight during his senior season (1990). Burton finished his college career as the Golden Gophers' second all-time leading scorer, with 1,800 points. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1990, a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 1989 and honorable mention All-Big Ten in 1988. After sharing team MVP honors in 1988, he earned was the sole winner of the team MVP in 1989 and 1990. Burton was entered in the University of Minnesota Hall of Fame in 2013.
High school careerEdit
Burton attended high school at St. Martin De Porres. The school won the Michigan Class C state championship in 1985 and 1986. Burton was inducted into the Detroit Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 1990.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
- NBA.com: Willie Burton Player Info
- Willie Burton at Basketball-Reference.com