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William R. Knight (born June 9, 1952) is an American former professional basketball player who most recently served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association's Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
from 2003–08.

Contents

1 Early life and college 2 University of Pittsburgh 3 Professional career 4 ABA/NBA career statistics

4.1 Regular season 4.2 Playoffs

5 References 6 External links

Early life and college[edit] Knight was born and raised in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where he attended General Braddock High School- Member of the 1970 Section High School Basketball
Basketball
Champions – General Braddock Falcons University of Pittsburgh[edit] A 6'6" guard/forward, he then attended the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), where he starred, and along with Mickey Martin and Kirk Bruce, Knight led the Panthers to the East Regional Finals in the 1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball
Basketball
Tournament, where they lost to eventual NCAA Champion North Carolina State], in a matchup between Knight and NCSU's David Thompson. The game was played in Raleigh, North Carolina. NCSU went on to defeat UCLA & Marquette for the National title in Greensboro, North Carolina. Knight's performance during the 1973–1974 season, in which Pitt went 25-4 and won a school record, 22 games in a row, earned him 2nd team All-American team status. He is considered one of Pitt's best players ever and was voted to Pitt's all-time starting five. Knight had his number 34 jersey retired by the University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
on February 20, 1989.[1] Professional career[edit] Knight spent eleven seasons, from 1974–85, in the ABA and NBA as a member of the Indiana Pacers, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Kansas City Kings, and San Antonio Spurs. He scored 13,901 points in his ABA/NBA career and appeared in two All-Star games. Knight's best years were with the Indiana Pacers, after being selected by both the Pacers and the LA Lakers in the player draft. Knight was voted 1st team ABA All-Star for the 1975–1976 season, his second year in the league after averaging 28.1 ppg. This was the last year of the ABA before the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
merged into the NBA. The following year Knight maintained All-Star status, this time in the NBA after averaging 26.6 ppg. After a brief stint with the Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves
& Boston Celtics, Knight returned to the Pacers in 1978, where he continued his career with them until 1983. Knight is the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
3rd all-time leading scorer and is in several other Top 5 all-time categories for the Pacers. Prior to joining the Hawks organization in 2002, Knight worked as a front office executive with the Pacers and the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies. On May 7, 2008, Knight stepped down as Hawks GM. When announcing his resignation from the team he stated that he had left the Hawks "in much better shape than it was in when I took over."[2] ABA/NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1974–75 Indiana (ABA) 80 – 32.0 .534 .250 .799 7.9 2.1 1.4 0.4 17.1

1975–76 Indiana (ABA) 70 – 39.6 .494 .400 .828 10.1 3.7 1.3 0.3 28.1

1976–77 Indiana 78 – 40.0 .493 – .816 7.5 3.3 1.5 0.2 26.6

1977–78 Buffalo 53 – 40.7 .494 – .809 7.2 3.0 1.5 0.2 22.9

1978–79 Boston 40 – 28.0 .502 – .808 4.3 1.7 0.8 0.1 13.9

1978–79 Indiana 39 – 25.0 .556 – .873 4.5 2.2 0.8 0.1 14.7

1979–80 Indiana 75 – 25.5 .533 .267 .809 4.8 2.1 1.1 0.1 13.1

1980–81 Indiana 82 – 29.1 .533 .158 .832 5.0 1.9 1.0 0.1 17.5

1981–82 Indiana 81 19 22.3 .495 .281 .826 3.2 1.5 0.8 0.2 12.3

1982–83 Indiana 80 54 28.3 .520 .158 .841 4.1 2.4 0.8 0.1 17.1

1983–84 Kansas City 75 39 25.1 .491 .286 .859 3.4 2.1 0.7 0.1 12.8

1984–85 Kansas City 16 0 11.8 .449 1.000 .813 1.4 1.3 0.1 0.1 4.8

1984–85 San Antonio 52 1 11.8 .439 .417 .895 1.8 1.1 0.3 0.0 6.0

Career 821 113 28.9 .507 .284 .827 5.3 2.3 1.0 0.2 16.9

All-Star 2 0 17.5 .526 .000 1.000 7.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 12.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1975 Indiana(ABA) 18 – 42.4 .568 .000 .845 8.9 2.4 0.9 0.1 24.1

1976 Indiana(ABA) 3 – 47.7 .554 .000 .864 10.7 4.0 0.7 0.0 33.7

1981 Indiana 2 – 35.5 .533 – .625 6.0 2.5 0.5 0.0 18.5

1984 Kansas City 3 – 12.3 .333 – 1.000 1.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 6.0

1985 San Antonio 5 0 9.0 .533 .000 – 1.2 0.6 0.4 0.0 3.2

Career 31 0 34.2 .550 .000 .837 6.9 2.1 0.7 0.0 19.5

References[edit]

^ "Panther Pride: University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Men's Basketball". 2002-08-22. Retrieved 2013-03-04.  ^ "Knight to step down after leading Hawks out of playoff drought". ESPN.com. 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 

External links[edit]

Career stats at basketball-reference.com Profile at nba.com

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1974 NBA Draft

First round

Bill Walton Marvin Barnes Tommy Burleson John Shumate Bobby Jones Scott Wedman Tom Henderson Campy Russell Tom McMillen Mike Sojourner Keith Wilkes Brian Winters Len Elmore Maurice Lucas Al Eberhard Cliff Pondexter Glenn McDonald Gary Brokaw

Second round

Don Smith Jan van Breda Kolff Billy Knight Truck Robinson Gus Bailey Len Kosmalski John Drew Leonard Gray Leon Benbow Aaron James Phil Smith Dennis DuVal Fred Saunders Jesse Dark Eric Money Phil Lumpkin Kevin Stacom Rubin Collins

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1974 NCAA Men's Basketball
Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

First Team

Marvin Barnes John Shumate David Thompson Bill Walton Keith Wilkes

Second Team

Len Elmore Larry Fogle Bobby Jones Billy Knight Campy Russell

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Memphis Grizzlies

Founded in 1995 Played in Vancouver (1995–2001) Based in Memphis, Tennessee

Franchise

Franchise History Expansion Draft All-time roster Head coaches Draft history Records Seasons Current season

Arenas

General Motors Place Pyramid Arena FedExForum

General managers

Jackson Knight West Wallace

G League affiliate

Memphis Hustle

Administration

Owners Memphis Basketball, LLC (Robert J. Pera, Chairman and Controlling Owner, Steven Kaplan, Daniel E. Straus) General Manager, Basketball
Basketball
Operations Chris Wallace Head coach David Fizdale

Culture and lore

Vancouver Grizzlies

relocation to Memphis

Naismith Cup Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment Grit and Grind Growl Towel "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" (The Gap Band song) Rick Trotter

Media

TV Fox Sports Tennessee Fox Sports Southeast Radio Radio Network WRBO-FM Announcers Pete Pranica Brevin Knight Sean Tuohy Eric Hasseltine Hank McD

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