Willis Reed – Biography of Willis Reed

Willis Reed was born on June 25, 1942 in Bernice, Louisiana, United States.

He trained at the unknown Grambling University, where he averaged 18.7 points and 15.2 rebounds per game, which allowed him to be All American in 1963 and 1964.

He was chosen in the first position of the second round in the NBA Draft in 1964 by the New York Knicks, a team in which he would develop his entire professional career.
In his rookie year he was voted rookie of the year, with excellent statistics of more than 19 points and 14 rebounds per game.

His best season, remembered by all, was that of 1969-1970, in which he was named MVP of the regular season, All-Star and Playoff, and also champion.
He won a second title in 1973 and would retire the following year at just 31 years old, having played 650 games, averaging 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.

Personal records:

Rookie of the Year in 1965
7 Times All-Star
First player to be named league MVP, finals and All Star in the same season
2 Finals MVP times (was the first to achieve it)
Hall of Fame member since 1982
Named one of the 50 greatest players in history