Billy Knight

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Billy Knight
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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
Personal information
Born (1952-06-09) June 9, 1952 (age 62)
Braddock, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Braddock
(Braddock, Pennsylvania)
College Pittsburgh (1971–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro playing career 1974–1985
Career history
19741977 Indiana Pacers (ABA and NBA)
1977–1978 Buffalo Braves
1978–1979 Boston Celtics
1979–1983 Indiana Pacers
19831984 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) 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[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 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 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, NC. NCSU went on to defeat UCLA & Marquette for the National title in Greensboro, NC.

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 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 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 & Boston Celtics, Knight returned to the Pacers in 1978, where he continued his career with them until 1983.

Knight is the 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]

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