Walter " Clyde " Frazier ( born March 29, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia ) is a retired American professional basketball player. As a student, he played for the Salukis from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Illinois. Between 1967 and 1980 he played in the NBA for the teams of the New York Knicks ( 1967-77 ) and Cleveland Cavaliers ( 1977-80 ). Frazier is 1,93 m tall and played on the position of point guard. Frazier was nominated seven times for the NBA All-Star Game and was named MVP of the 1975 All- Star Games. In addition, he was elected four times to the All NBA first team and after his first season in 1968, he was appointed to the NBA All- Rookie Team.
With 4,791 handed out assists, he is the all-time leader in this category with the New York Knicks, with whom he won the championship in 1970 and 1973. He was one of the best defenders of his position ( point guard ) in NBA history. He was elected seven times to the All- Defensive first team. In 1987, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
He got his nickname from a trainer on the basis of the bank robber Clyde Barrow.