Allan Houston

Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2005. A shooting guard, Houston played nine seasons for the New York Knicks; he was a member of the Knicks' 1999 NBA Finals team. Houston made the NBA All-Star Team twice and also won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. men's basketball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Allan Houston
Westchester Knicks
PositionGeneral manager
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1971-04-20) April 20, 1971
Louisville, Kentucky
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolBallard (Louisville, Kentucky)
CollegeTennessee (1989–1993)
NBA draft1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1993–2005
PositionShooting guard
Number20
Career history
19931996Detroit Pistons
19962005New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points14,551 (17.3 ppg)
Rebounds2,434 (2.9 rpg)
Assists1,990 (2.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

As of July 2019, Houston serves as special assistant to the general manager for the New York Knicks and general manager of the Knicks' G League team, the Westchester Knicks.

High school and college

Houston was born in Louisville, Kentucky and played at Ballard High School in Louisville as they won the 1988 Kentucky state championship. He went on to play at the University of Tennessee (where he played under his coach and father Wade) and graduated in 1993 as the school's all-time leading scorer, and is currently second to Chris Lofton at Tennessee for three-point field goals made. Houston is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. On March 6, 2011 the University of Tennessee retired Houston's number (20) during halftime ceremonies at a Tennessee-Kentucky game.

Playing career

Detroit Pistons

Houston was selected in the first round (eleventh overall) by the Detroit Pistons in the 1993 NBA draft, and averaged 8.5 points per game in his rookie year. His average increased to 14.5 and 19.7 points per game in the next two years.

New York Knicks

In 1996, after his rookie contract expired, Houston signed as a free agent with the New York Knicks, for whom he played for the next nine seasons. In his first year as a Knick, Houston took the place of John Starks in the starting lineup, with Starks serving as a mentor for him coming off the bench. Houston kept his scoring average at 17 points per game, and helped lead the team to the 1999 NBA Finals. His most famous play came in the decisive Game 5 of the first round of the 1999 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Miami Heat. In the fourth quarter, with the Knicks inbounding the ball trailing by one point, Houston caught the inbounds pass, and made a running jumper in the lane with 0.8 second left on the clock to win the game and the series for the Knicks, 78-77, which was then only the second time in NBA playoffs history where a #8 seed had defeated a #1. The Knicks would go on to the NBA Finals.

In April 2001, Houston and teammate Charlie Ward were quoted in a New York Times Magazine article making comments that were deemed anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League and the Knicks. After Ward had called Jews stubborn and persecutors of Christians, Houston cited a biblical verse in support of Ward's comments.[1]

During his career, Houston was known for his three-point shooting prowess.[2][3][4] Houston also made the All-Star team twice.[5] Despite the on-court accolades, though, Houston's lasting legacy may be something that happened off the court: In 2001, Houston signed a six-year, $100.4 million contract extension with the Knicks.[6] Houston's yearly salary of over $20 million made him virtually untradeable, and his injury problems would burden the Knicks. Houston missed 32 games in 2003-04 due to a knee injury, and despite claims in the summer of 2004 that he would be ready to play the next season (he even refused to have surgery on his knee that summer), he played in only 20 games that season because his injury had not completely healed. Knee injuries would eventually force Houston to announce his retirement on October 17, 2005.[6] Houston attempted to return to the NBA in 2007, but decided to end his comeback attempt on October 20, 2007 because of bad timing in choosing to join the team so late into preparation for the regular season.[7] Houston was signed by the Knicks to play in 2008,[8] but was cut before the end of the preseason without appearing in a game.[9]

"Allan Houston Rule"

In 2005, the NBA agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The CBA included an amnesty clause provision allowing NBA teams to release one player without his contract counting against the NBA's luxury tax threshold. The clause did not negate a player's contract, a team's obligation to pay a player, or a contract's impact on the salary cap; it merely made it possible to remove a released player's salary from luxury tax calculations on a one-time basis.[10] The clause benefited teams that were in danger of facing the luxury tax, which was a penalty paid by teams with payrolls exceeding a certain threshold. Because the Knicks were expected to use the amnesty clause to waive Houston due to his expensive contract and injury woes (as of the 2005 offseason, two years and $40 million remained on his contract), the amnesty clause was dubbed the "Allan Houston Rule."[11][10] After Houston assured his team that he would retire if his knee problems recurred in training camp that fall,[10] the Knicks chose not to use the amnesty clause to release him; instead, they released forward Jerome Williams.[12]

2000 Olympic Team

Houston was a member of the USA men's national basketball team that won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.[13]

Executive career

In 2008, Houston was hired by the New York Knicks as assistant to the president for basketball operations.[14] In December 2010, Houston was promoted to the position of assistant general manager.[15] As of July 2019, Houston is special assistant to the general manager of the Knicks;[16] he was also general manager of the Westchester Knicks, the organization's G League affiliate.

Personal life

Houston is married to Tamara Houston.[17] They have seven children together. Houston is a Christian.[18]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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
* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1993–94 Detroit 792019.2.405.299.8241.51.3.4.28.5
1994–95 Detroit 763926.3.463.424.8602.22.2.8.214.5
1995–96 Detroit 827537.5.453.427.823 3.73.0.7.219.7
1996–97 New York 818133.1.423.385.8033.02.2.5.214.8
1997–98 New York 828234.7.447.385.8513.32.6.8.318.4
1998–99 New York 505036.3.418.407.8623.02.7.7.216.3
1999–00 New York 828238.6.483.436.8383.32.7.8.219.7
2000–01 New York 787836.6.449.381.9093.62.2.7.119.7
2001–02 New York 777737.8.437.393.8703.32.5.7.120.4
2002–03 New York 828237.9.445.396.919*2.82.7.7.122.5
2003–04 New York 505036.0.435.431.9132.42.0.8.018.5
2004–05 New York 201126.6.415.388.8371.22.1.4.111.9
Career 83972733.7.444.402.8632.92.4.7.217.3
All-Star 2016.5.333.4001.0001.52.5.5.08.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996 Detroit 3345.3.431.333.9002.72.0.0.325.0
1997 New York 9940.0.436.500.8862.62.3.7.319.2
1998 New York 101040.3.434.391.8623.82.8.5.121.1
1999 New York 202039.2.443.250.8832.72.6.4.118.5
2000 New York 161640.9.438.500.8623.31.61.2.217.6
2001 New York 5537.8.594.5451.0001.81.41.0.220.8
Career 636340.1.448.420.8842.92.2.7.219.3

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999Black and WhiteDean Carter
2004Laws of AttractionAdamo Shandela

See also

References

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