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Willie Naulls

William Dean Naulls (The Whale)

Position: Small Forward and Power Forward ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-6 ▪ Weight: 225 lbs.
Born: October 7, 1934 in Dallas, Texas
High School: San Pedro in San Pedro, California
College: University of California, Los Angeles
Draft: St. Louis Hawks, 1956 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 27, 1956

Elo Fan Ratings

Fine Details ▪ Last updated Aug 30, 2014 1:17 AM

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1956-57 22 TOT NBA PF 71 1778 293 820 .357 293 820 .357 132 195 .677 617 84 186 718
1956-57 22 STL NBA 19 438 77 211 .365 77 211 .365 41 60 .683 167 22 57 195
1956-57 22 NYK NBA PF 52 1340 216 609 .355 216 609 .355 91 135 .674 450 62 129 523
1957-58 ★ 23 NYK NBA SF 68 2369 472 1189 .397 472 1189 .397 284 344 .826 799 97 220 1228
1958-59 24 NYK NBA SF 68 2061 405 1072 .378 405 1072 .378 258 311 .830 723 102 233 1068
1959-60 ★ 25 NYK NBA SF 65 2250 551 1286 .428 551 1286 .428 286 342 .836 921 138 214 1388
1960-61 ★ 26 NYK NBA SF 79 2976 737 1723 .428 737 1723 .428 372 456 .816 1055 191 268 1846
1961-62 ★ 27 NYK NBA SF 75 2978 747 1798 .415 747 1798 .415 383 455 .842 867 192 260 1877
1962-63 28 TOT NBA SF 70 1901 370 887 .417 370 887 .417 166 207 .802 515 102 205 906
1962-63 28 NYK NBA SF 23 676 155 375 .413 155 375 .413 78 96 .813 200 44 42 388
1962-63 28 SFW NBA SF 47 1225 215 512 .420 215 512 .420 88 111 .793 315 58 163 518
1963-64 29 BOS NBA SF 78 1409 321 769 .417 321 769 .417 125 157 .796 356 64 208 767
1964-65 30 BOS NBA SF 71 1465 302 786 .384 302 786 .384 143 176 .813 336 72 225 747
1965-66 31 BOS NBA SF 71 1433 328 815 .402 328 815 .402 104 131 .794 319 72 197 760
Career NBA 716 20620 4526 11145 .406 4526 11145 .406 2253 2774 .812 6508 1114 2216 11305
7 seasons NYK NBA 430 14650 3283 8052 .408 3283 8052 .408 1752 2139 .819 5015 826 1366 8318
3 seasons BOS NBA 220 4307 951 2370 .401 951 2370 .401 372 464 .802 1011 208 630 2274
1 season SFW NBA 47 1225 215 512 .420 215 512 .420 88 111 .793 315 58 163 518
1 season STL NBA 19 438 77 211 .365 77 211 .365 41 60 .683 167 22 57 195

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1956-57 22 TOT NBA PF 71 25.0 4.1 11.5 .357 4.1 11.5 .357 1.9 2.7 .677 8.7 1.2 2.6 10.1
1956-57 22 STL NBA 19 23.1 4.1 11.1 .365 4.1 11.1 .365 2.2 3.2 .683 8.8 1.2 3.0 10.3
1956-57 22 NYK NBA PF 52 25.8 4.2 11.7 .355 4.2 11.7 .355 1.8 2.6 .674 8.7 1.2 2.5 10.1
1957-58 ★ 23 NYK NBA SF 68 34.8 6.9 17.5 .397 6.9 17.5 .397 4.2 5.1 .826 11.8 1.4 3.2 18.1
1958-59 24 NYK NBA SF 68 30.3 6.0 15.8 .378 6.0 15.8 .378 3.8 4.6 .830 10.6 1.5 3.4 15.7
1959-60 ★ 25 NYK NBA SF 65 34.6 8.5 19.8 .428 8.5 19.8 .428 4.4 5.3 .836 14.2 2.1 3.3 21.4
1960-61 ★ 26 NYK NBA SF 79 37.7 9.3 21.8 .428 9.3 21.8 .428 4.7 5.8 .816 13.4 2.4 3.4 23.4
1961-62 ★ 27 NYK NBA SF 75 39.7 10.0 24.0 .415 10.0 24.0 .415 5.1 6.1 .842 11.6 2.6 3.5 25.0
1962-63 28 TOT NBA SF 70 27.2 5.3 12.7 .417 5.3 12.7 .417 2.4 3.0 .802 7.4 1.5 2.9 12.9
1962-63 28 NYK NBA SF 23 29.4 6.7 16.3 .413 6.7 16.3 .413 3.4 4.2 .813 8.7 1.9 1.8 16.9
1962-63 28 SFW NBA SF 47 26.1 4.6 10.9 .420 4.6 10.9 .420 1.9 2.4 .793 6.7 1.2 3.5 11.0
1963-64 29 BOS NBA SF 78 18.1 4.1 9.9 .417 4.1 9.9 .417 1.6 2.0 .796 4.6 0.8 2.7 9.8
1964-65 30 BOS NBA SF 71 20.6 4.3 11.1 .384 4.3 11.1 .384 2.0 2.5 .813 4.7 1.0 3.2 10.5
1965-66 31 BOS NBA SF 71 20.2 4.6 11.5 .402 4.6 11.5 .402 1.5 1.8 .794 4.5 1.0 2.8 10.7
Career NBA 716 28.8 6.3 15.6 .406 6.3 15.6 .406 3.1 3.9 .812 9.1 1.6 3.1 15.8
7 seasons NYK NBA 430 34.1 7.6 18.7 .408 7.6 18.7 .408 4.1 5.0 .819 11.7 1.9 3.2 19.3
3 seasons BOS NBA 220 19.6 4.3 10.8 .401 4.3 10.8 .401 1.7 2.1 .802 4.6 0.9 2.9 10.3
1 season SFW NBA 47 26.1 4.6 10.9 .420 4.6 10.9 .420 1.9 2.4 .793 6.7 1.2 3.5 11.0
1 season STL NBA 19 23.1 4.1 11.1 .365 4.1 11.1 .365 2.2 3.2 .683 8.8 1.2 3.0 10.3

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1956-57 22 TOT NBA PF 71 1778 5.9 16.6 .357 5.9 16.6 .357 2.7 3.9 .677 12.5 1.7 3.8 14.5
1956-57 22 STL NBA 19 438 6.3 17.3 .365 6.3 17.3 .365 3.4 4.9 .683 13.7 1.8 4.7 16.0
1956-57 22 NYK NBA PF 52 1340 5.8 16.4 .355 5.8 16.4 .355 2.4 3.6 .674 12.1 1.7 3.5 14.1
1957-58 ★ 23 NYK NBA SF 68 2369 7.2 18.1 .397 7.2 18.1 .397 4.3 5.2 .826 12.1 1.5 3.3 18.7
1958-59 24 NYK NBA SF 68 2061 7.1 18.7 .378 7.1 18.7 .378 4.5 5.4 .830 12.6 1.8 4.1 18.7
1959-60 ★ 25 NYK NBA SF 65 2250 8.8 20.6 .428 8.8 20.6 .428 4.6 5.5 .836 14.7 2.2 3.4 22.2
1960-61 ★ 26 NYK NBA SF 79 2976 8.9 20.8 .428 8.9 20.8 .428 4.5 5.5 .816 12.8 2.3 3.2 22.3
1961-62 ★ 27 NYK NBA SF 75 2978 9.0 21.7 .415 9.0 21.7 .415 4.6 5.5 .842 10.5 2.3 3.1 22.7
1962-63 28 TOT NBA SF 70 1901 7.0 16.8 .417 7.0 16.8 .417 3.1 3.9 .802 9.8 1.9 3.9 17.2
1962-63 28 NYK NBA SF 23 676 8.3 20.0 .413 8.3 20.0 .413 4.2 5.1 .813 10.7 2.3 2.2 20.7
1962-63 28 SFW NBA SF 47 1225 6.3 15.0 .420 6.3 15.0 .420 2.6 3.3 .793 9.3 1.7 4.8 15.2
1963-64 29 BOS NBA SF 78 1409 8.2 19.6 .417 8.2 19.6 .417 3.2 4.0 .796 9.1 1.6 5.3 19.6
1964-65 30 BOS NBA SF 71 1465 7.4 19.3 .384 7.4 19.3 .384 3.5 4.3 .813 8.3 1.8 5.5 18.4
1965-66 31 BOS NBA SF 71 1433 8.2 20.5 .402 8.2 20.5 .402 2.6 3.3 .794 8.0 1.8 4.9 19.1
Career NBA 716 20620 7.9 19.5 .406 7.9 19.5 .406 3.9 4.8 .812 11.4 1.9 3.9 19.7
7 seasons NYK NBA 430 14650 8.1 19.8 .408 8.1 19.8 .408 4.3 5.3 .819 12.3 2.0 3.4 20.4
3 seasons BOS NBA 220 4307 7.9 19.8 .401 7.9 19.8 .401 3.1 3.9 .802 8.5 1.7 5.3 19.0
1 season SFW NBA 47 1225 6.3 15.0 .420 6.3 15.0 .420 2.6 3.3 .793 9.3 1.7 4.8 15.2
1 season STL NBA 19 438 6.3 17.3 .365 6.3 17.3 .365 3.4 4.9 .683 13.7 1.8 4.7 16.0

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1956-57 22 TOT NBA PF 71 1778 13.7 .396 .357 .238 -1.2 1.6 0.4 .012
1956-57 22 STL NBA 19 438 15.4 .411 .365 .284 -0.1 0.5 0.4 .046
1956-57 22 NYK NBA PF 52 1340 13.2 .391 .355 .222 -1.1 1.1 0.0 .000
1957-58 ★ 23 NYK NBA SF 68 2369 17.1 .458 .397 .289 3.1 1.6 4.6 .094
1958-59 24 NYK NBA SF 68 2061 16.5 .442 .378 .290 1.2 1.4 2.6 .061
1959-60 ★ 25 NYK NBA SF 65 2250 20.0 .483 .428 .266 4.1 1.2 5.3 .113
1960-61 ★ 26 NYK NBA SF 79 2976 19.1 .480 .428 .265 4.6 1.2 5.7 .092
1961-62 ★ 27 NYK NBA SF 75 2978 17.7 .470 .415 .253 2.8 2.7 5.5 .089
1962-63 28 TOT NBA SF 70 1901 13.4 .463 .417 .233 0.4 1.4 1.8 .046
1962-63 28 NYK NBA SF 23 676 17.3 .465 .413 .256 0.2 0.4 0.7 .046
1962-63 28 SFW NBA SF 47 1225 11.2 .462 .420 .217 0.2 1.0 1.2 .046
1963-64 29 BOS NBA SF 78 1409 14.4 .458 .417 .204 0.4 3.5 3.9 .132
1964-65 30 BOS NBA SF 71 1465 12.4 .433 .384 .224 6.8 -0.5 3.1 2.6 .085
1965-66 31 BOS NBA SF 71 1433 12.5 .435 .402 .161 7.4 -0.7 2.5 1.8 .059
Career NBA 716 20620 16.3 .457 .406 .249 7.1 14.2 20.1 34.3 .080
7 seasons NYK NBA 430 14650 17.6 .462 .408 .266 14.9 9.5 24.5 .080
3 seasons BOS NBA 220 4307 13.1 .442 .401 .196 7.1 -0.9 9.1 8.2 .092
1 season SFW NBA 47 1225 11.2 .462 .420 .217 0.2 1.0 1.2 .046
1 season STL NBA 19 438 15.4 .411 .365 .284 -0.1 0.5 0.4 .046

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1958-59 24 NYK NBA SF 2 63 14 42 .333 14 42 .333 6 8 .750 21 3 11 34
1963-64 ❍ 29 BOS NBA SF 10 167 37 95 .389 37 95 .389 17 23 .739 46 8 31 91
1964-65 ❍ 30 BOS NBA SF 12 180 39 95 .411 39 95 .411 10 15 .667 51 9 27 88
1965-66 ❍ 31 BOS NBA SF 11 75 9 35 .257 9 35 .257 17 21 .810 16 1 23 35
Career NBA 35 485 99 267 .371 99 267 .371 50 67 .746 134 21 92 248
3 seasons BOS NBA 33 422 85 225 .378 85 225 .378 44 59 .746 113 18 81 214
1 season NYK NBA 2 63 14 42 .333 14 42 .333 6 8 .750 21 3 11 34

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1958-59 24 NYK NBA SF 2 31.5 7.0 21.0 .333 7.0 21.0 .333 3.0 4.0 .750 10.5 1.5 5.5 17.0
1963-64 ❍ 29 BOS NBA SF 10 16.7 3.7 9.5 .389 3.7 9.5 .389 1.7 2.3 .739 4.6 0.8 3.1 9.1
1964-65 ❍ 30 BOS NBA SF 12 15.0 3.3 7.9 .411 3.3 7.9 .411 0.8 1.3 .667 4.3 0.8 2.3 7.3
1965-66 ❍ 31 BOS NBA SF 11 6.8 0.8 3.2 .257 0.8 3.2 .257 1.5 1.9 .810 1.5 0.1 2.1 3.2
Career NBA 35 13.9 2.8 7.6 .371 2.8 7.6 .371 1.4 1.9 .746 3.8 0.6 2.6 7.1
3 seasons BOS NBA 33 12.8 2.6 6.8 .378 2.6 6.8 .378 1.3 1.8 .746 3.4 0.5 2.5 6.5
1 season NYK NBA 2 31.5 7.0 21.0 .333 7.0 21.0 .333 3.0 4.0 .750 10.5 1.5 5.5 17.0

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1958-59 24 NYK NBA SF 2 63 8.0 24.0 .333 8.0 24.0 .333 3.4 4.6 .750 12.0 1.7 6.3 19.4
1963-64 ❍ 29 BOS NBA SF 10 167 8.0 20.5 .389 8.0 20.5 .389 3.7 5.0 .739 9.9 1.7 6.7 19.6
1964-65 ❍ 30 BOS NBA SF 12 180 7.8 19.0 .411 7.8 19.0 .411 2.0 3.0 .667 10.2 1.8 5.4 17.6
1965-66 ❍ 31 BOS NBA SF 11 75 4.3 16.8 .257 4.3 16.8 .257 8.2 10.1 .810 7.7 0.5 11.0 16.8
Career NBA 35 485 7.3 19.8 .371 7.3 19.8 .371 3.7 5.0 .746 9.9 1.6 6.8 18.4
3 seasons BOS NBA 33 422 7.3 19.2 .378 7.3 19.2 .378 3.8 5.0 .746 9.6 1.5 6.9 18.3
1 season NYK NBA 2 63 8.0 24.0 .333 8.0 24.0 .333 3.4 4.6 .750 12.0 1.7 6.3 19.4

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1958-59 24 NYK NBA SF 2 63 10.0 .373 .333 .190 6.7 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.044
1963-64 ❍ 29 BOS NBA SF 10 167 14.2 .433 .389 .242 7.8 -0.1 0.4 0.4 .109
1964-65 ❍ 30 BOS NBA SF 12 180 12.4 .433 .411 .158 6.8 -0.1 0.4 0.3 .087
1965-66 ❍ 31 BOS NBA SF 11 75 5.2 .396 .257 .600 1.7 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.042
Career NBA 35 485 11.6 .418 .371 .251 6.3 -0.4 1.0 0.6 .058
3 seasons BOS NBA 33 422 11.8 .426 .378 .262 6.3 -0.3 1.0 0.6 .073
1 season NYK NBA 2 63 10.0 .373 .333 .190 6.7 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.044

All-Star Games

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1957-58 23 NYK NBA SF 1 1 15:00 3 9 .333 2 2 1.000 3 0 0 8
1959-60 25 NYK NBA SF 1 0 26:00 5 19 .263 3 4 .750 10 0 1 13
1960-61 26 NYK NBA SF 1 0 15:00 4 6 .667 0 1 .000 6 2 2 8
1961-62 27 NYK NBA SF 1 0 21:00 5 16 .313 1 1 1.000 7 0 5 11
Career NBA 4 1 77 17 50 .340 6 8 .750 26 2 8 40

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 10 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Willie Naulls 5.7 5.5 5.3 4.6 3.9 2.6 2.6 1.8 1.8 0.4
Marvin Williams 91.7 6.1 5.7 5.7 4.9 4.0 2.9 2.8 2.3 2.3
Walt Williams 90.6 5.4 5.1 5.1 4.4 3.7 3.0 2.2 1.7 1.6 -0.7
Tom Van Arsdale 90.5 5.5 5.0 4.8 4.4 4.0 3.1 2.7 2.2 1.4 1.0
Rod Higgins 89.9 5.9 5.7 5.3 5.0 3.8 3.7 2.0 1.3 1.0 0.1
Chuck Person 89.3 5.5 5.4 5.4 4.6 3.9 3.6 3.3 3.0 1.2 0.0
John Johnson 88.1 6.2 4.9 4.6 4.3 4.0 2.7 2.5 2.3 2.1 2.1
Rick Fox 87.7 5.3 5.2 5.1 5.1 3.2 3.2 2.8 2.3 2.1 1.8
Antoine Walker 87.5 6.7 6.6 5.0 4.7 3.9 3.6 2.6 2.6 1.7 0.9
Johnny Green 87.5 5.6 5.1 5.1 3.8 2.6 2.4 2.3 1.7 1.5 1.2
Morris Peterson 87.5 5.9 5.1 4.9 4.9 3.8 3.6 3.2 2.9 0.8 0.6
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Willie Naulls 5.7 5.5 5.3 4.6 3.9 2.6 2.6 1.8 1.8 0.4
Chris Andersen 92.0 6.0 5.9 5.4 4.5 3.2 2.7 2.4 1.9 1.3 1.1 0.3 0.0
Marvin Williams 91.7 6.1 5.7 5.7 4.9 4.0 2.9 2.8 2.3 2.3
Rod Higgins 90.3 5.9 5.7 5.3 5.0 3.8 3.7 2.5 2.0 1.4 1.3 1.0 0.1 0.0
Walt Williams 89.8 5.4 5.1 5.1 4.4 3.7 3.0 2.5 2.2 1.7 1.6 -0.7
Dave Gambee 89.1 7.0 5.3 5.0 4.6 3.3 2.7 2.2 1.9 1.6 1.4 0.0
Chuck Person 87.9 5.5 5.4 5.4 4.6 3.9 3.6 3.3 3.0 2.1 1.2 0.9 0.0 -0.1
Morris Peterson 87.5 5.9 5.1 4.9 4.9 3.8 3.6 3.2 2.9 0.8 0.6 0.0
Ben Poquette 87.4 5.4 5.0 4.9 3.5 3.4 2.5 2.3 1.4 1.3 0.6
Tom Van Arsdale 87.0 5.5 5.0 4.8 4.4 4.0 3.1 2.7 2.2 1.6 1.4 1.1 1.0
Antoine Walker 87.0 6.7 6.6 5.0 4.7 3.9 3.6 2.6 2.6 1.7 0.9 0.1 -0.3

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Honors
1955-56 NCAA AP All-America (3rd)

MVP Award Shares
1959-60 NBA 0.008 (12)
1960-61 NBA 0.003 (15)
Career 0.011 (164)

Championships
(Minimum 1 playoff game)
1964 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1965 Boston Celtics (NBA)
1966 Boston Celtics (NBA)

Games
1960-61 NBA 79 (1)

Minutes Played
1960-61 NBA 2976 (9)

Field Goals
1957-58 NBA 472 (9)
1960-61 NBA 737 (6)
1961-62 NBA 747 (7)

Field Goal Attempts
1957-58 NBA 1189 (9)
1960-61 NBA 1723 (3)
1961-62 NBA 1798 (6)

Total Rebounds
1957-58 NBA 799 (10)
1958-59 NBA 723 (10)
1959-60 NBA 921 (6)
1960-61 NBA 1055 (6)

Points
1960-61 NBA 1846 (7)
1961-62 NBA 1877 (7)

Free Throw Pct
1957-58 NBA .826 (8)
1958-59 NBA .830 (5)
1959-60 NBA .836 (6)
1961-62 NBA .842 (2)

Minutes Per Game
1960-61 NBA 37.7 (10)
1961-62 NBA 39.7 (8)

Points Per Game
1957-58 NBA 18.1 (10)
1960-61 NBA 23.4 (8)
1961-62 NBA 25.0 (7)

Rebounds Per Game
1957-58 NBA 11.8 (9)
1958-59 NBA 10.6 (10)
1959-60 NBA 14.2 (5)
1960-61 NBA 13.4 (7)
1961-62 NBA 11.6 (10)
Career NBA 9.1 (76)
Career 9.1 (89)

Player Efficiency Rating
1960-61 NBA 19.1 (10)

Hall of Fame Probability
Career 0.717 (88)

NBA Elo Player Rating
302nd (overall) as of Aug 25, 2014, 2:20PM

     

Transactions

April 30, 1956: Drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in the 2nd round (10th pick) of the 1956 NBA Draft.

December 12, 1956: Traded by the St. Louis Hawks to the New York Knicks for Slater Martin.

December 5, 1962: Traded by the New York Knicks with Kenny Sears to the San Francisco Warriors for Tom Gola.

September 4, 1963: Sold by the San Francisco Warriors to the Boston Celtics.

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