Billy Knight goes for a rebound in the 1974 Elite Eight during his college playing days at Pittsburgh
|No. 25, 35|
|Shooting guard / Small forward|
June 9, 1952 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|NBA Draft||1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Pro playing career||1974–1985|
|1974–1977||Indiana Pacers (ABA and NBA)|
|1983–1984||Kansas City Kings|
|1984–1985||San Antonio Spurs|
|1985–1986||CSP Limoges (France)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career ABA and NBA statistics|
|Points||13,901 (16.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,377 (5.3 rpg)|
|Assists||1,862 (2.3 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
William R. "Billy" Knight (born June 9, 1952 in Braddock, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player who most recently served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks from 2003–08.
Early life and college
Knight grew up in Braddock, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where he attended Braddock High School. A 6'6" guard/forward, he then attended the University of Pittsburgh, where, along with Mickey Martin and Kirk Bruce, he led the Panthers to the East Regional Finals at the 1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where they lost to eventual NCAA Champion North Carolina State. Knight had his number 34 jersey retired by the University of Pittsburgh on February 20, 1989.
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. 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."
- "Panther Pride: University of 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.