Harrington attempting a free throw in 2006.
|Power forward / Center|
January 31, 1974 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Murrah (Jackson, Mississippi)|
|NBA draft||1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Pro playing career||1996–2010|
|2001–2004||New York Knicks|
|2009||Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)|
|2009–2010||Petrochimi Bandar Imam BC (Iran)|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||5,212 (7.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,130 (4.4 rpg)|
|Assists||443 (0.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Othella Harrington (born January 31, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Georgetown University men's basketball team. After he finished his high school career at Murrah High School, he played in college at Georgetown University where he teamed with NBA superstar Allen Iverson. Harrington was drafted 30th overall (1st pick of the second round) in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. In 2011, Harrington was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater Georgetown.
Playing at basketball powerhouse Murrah, Harrington was ranked number one or two (depending on the publication), along with Jason Kidd, as the best player in the nation. In his senior year, he averaged 28.9 points, 24.9 rebounds, and 5.8 blocked shots a game. After winning Mr. Basketball in the state of Mississippi for the second consecutive year and being named first team All-American by both Parade and USA Today, Harrington was selected MVP of the 1992 McDonald's All American game as he set a game record with 21 rebounds to go along with 19 points.
Harrington accepted a scholarship to Georgetown University following fellow "big men" Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, and Alonzo Mourning to play for coach John Thompson. He was named Big East Freshman of the Year and was a 2nd Team All-American selection heading into his sophomore year. Harrington would leave Georgetown ranked fifth in all-time scoring, with a career Field Goal percentage of 56%, fifth in blocks, fourth in rebounding overall and finished as the school's all time leader in offensive rebounds.
After three seasons in Houston, Harrington was traded on August 27, 1999 by the Rockets along with Antoine Carr, Brent Price, Michael Dickerson and a future first-round draft choice to the Vancouver Grizzlies as part of a three-way deal in which the Rockets received the draft rights to Steve Francis, Tony Massenburg from the Grizzlies, and Don MacLean and future first-round draft choice from the Orlando Magic, and the Magic received Michael Smith, Rodrick Rhodes, Lee Mayberry and Makhtar N'Diaye from the Grizzlies. During his first year in Vancouver, Othella averaged career highs in points (13.1), rebounds (6.9), assists (1.2), blocks (.71), and minutes (32.6) per game while starting all 82 games of the 1999–2000 regular season.
He was later traded again on January 30, 2001 to the New York Knicks for Erick Strickland and two draft picks. In 2004 he was involved in a trade that sent him, Dikembe Mutombo, Frank Williams, and Cezary Trybanski to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jamal Crawford and Jerome Williams.
He spent the next season in Iran.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Othella Harrington back at Georgetown
- "Grizzled vet joins D-Fenders". Orange County Register. March 30, 2009.
- "The Knicks’ Lost Generation" by Will Leitch Jul 9, 2010 New York Magazine