Andre Turner

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Andre Devalle Turner (born March 13, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA. A 5'11", 160 lb (73 kg) point guard, he played collegiately at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis). Born in Memphis, Tennessee, his nickname in college was the "Little General".

1985 NCAA Tournament[edit]

The shining moment of Andre Turner's career was in his senior season, when he, along with teammates Keith Lee, Baskerville Holmes, and William Bedford made it to the Final Four, on the strength of three consecutive game winning shots by Turner.

The first was in an overtime win against UAB. Ironically, Gene Bartow was UAB's head coach, the last coach to lead Memphis State to the Final Four, eventually losing in the 1973 championship game against UCLA.

The second game winner came against Boston College, and the third, coming against the University of Oklahoma, propelled the Tigers back to the Final Four, only to lose to eventual champ Villanova, one of three Big East teams in the Final Four that year.-->

Professional[edit]

Turner was selected in the third round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, but traded to the Boston Celtics. He played for seven teams in the NBA: the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Washington Bullets. In 170 games with these seven teams, he holds career averages of 4.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. His most productive year was in 1990-91, when he averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 assists in 70 games for the Philadelphia 76ers. Turner also played in the Continental Basketball Association for the La Crosse Catbirds, where he led the team to the 1989-1990 CBA Championship.[1]

After leaving the NBA, he played professionally in Spain.[2] In 1997, Turner won the Spanish King's Cup MVP Award. He played for Joventut Badalona.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 76ers Sign Turner, The New York Times, published November 21, 1990
  2. ^ Team tragedy: '85 Tigers had talent, but troubles haunt them, Commercial Appeal, April 3, 2008

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