Sean Elliott

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Sean Elliott
No. 32
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1968-02-02) February 2, 1968 (age 46)
Tucson, Arizona
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Cholla (Tucson, Arizona)
College Arizona (1985–1989)
NBA draft 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro playing career 1989–2001
Career history
19891993 San Antonio Spurs
1993–1994 Detroit Pistons
19942001 San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 10,544 (14.2 ppg)
Rebounds 3,204 (4.3 rpg)
Assists 1,897 (2.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Sean Michael Elliott (born February 2, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Elliott was born in Tucson, Arizona and was the youngest of three boys. He attended the G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) program at Tolson Elementary School in Tucson. He played high school basketball at Cholla High School (now Cholla High Magnet School) on Tucson's west side. After graduating in 1985, he remained in Tucson to play college basketball at the University of Arizona. Under the tutelage of Lute Olson, Elliott was selected as a consensus all-American during his junior and senior years, and led the Wildcats to the Final Four in his junior year (1988). Elliott was the first player to break Lew Alcindor's (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) all time PAC 10 career scoring record. After an exceptional senior season, Elliott won the Wooden Award. He is still the University of Arizona's all-time leading scorer.

He played for the US national team in the 1986 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.[1]

NCAA career statistics[edit]

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
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1985-86 Arizona 32 33.7 .486 .749 5.3 2.2 0.7 0.3 15.6
1986-87 Arizona 30 34.9 .510 .371 .770 6.0 3.7 0.7 0.2 19.3
1987-88 Arizona 38 32.9 .570 .471 .793 5.8 3.6 0.7 0.4 19.6
1988-89 Arizona 33 34.1 .480 .504 .841 7.2 4.1 1.0 0.3 22.3
Career[2] 133 33.8 .512 .456 .793 6.1 3.4 0.8 0.3 19.2

NBA career[edit]

Elliott was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft under Coach Larry Brown, and spent the majority of his career with the Spurs. Elliott spent the 1993–94 season with the Detroit Pistons. Elliott scored a career-high 41 points against the Dallas Mavericks on December 18, 1992. He was selected to the NBA all star team in 1993 and 1996.

Elliott was expected to be traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Robert Horry during the 1994-95 season, however the trade fell through when Elliott failed his physical.[3][4] Robert Horry went on to win the team's second NBA Championship with the Rockets later that season.

Elliott was an instrumental part of the Spurs' successful NBA title quest in 1999. In Game 2 of the 1999 Western Conference Finals, he hit a 21-foot 3-point shot against the Portland Trail Blazers, giving the Spurs a 1-point lead with 9 seconds left to play in regulation. The shot was called "Memorial Day Miracle" because of its improbability and the date on which it was made. The pass was nearly stolen by Blazer Stacey Augmon, and Elliott caught the ball within an inch of the sideline (narrowly avoiding going out of bounds), and had to stay on his tiptoes rather than planting his feet. When Elliot released the ball, it just avoided the outstretched arms of 6'11" opponent Rasheed Wallace.[5] This play shifted the momentum of the series to the Spurs.

NBA career statistics[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989-90 San Antonio 81 69 25.1 .481 .111 .866 3.7 1.9 0.6 0.2 10.0
1990-91 San Antonio 82 82 37.1 .490 .313 .808 5.6 2.9 0.8 0.4 15.9
1991-92 San Antonio 82 82 38.0 .494 .305 .861 5.4 2.6 1.0 0.4 16.3
1992-93 San Antonio 70 70 37.2 .491 .356 .798 4.6 3.8 1.0 0.4 17.2
1993-94 Detroit 73 73 33.0 .455 .299 .803 3.6 2.7 0.7 0.4 12.1
1994-95 San Antonio 81 81 35.3 .468 .408 .807 3.5 2.5 1.0 0.5 18.1
1995-96 San Antonio 77 77 37.7 .466 .411 .771 5.1 2.7 0.9 0.4 20.0
1996-97 San Antonio 39 39 35.7 .422 .333 .755 4.9 3.2 0.6 0.6 14.9
1997-98 San Antonio 36 36 28.1 .403 .378 .718 3.4 1.7 0.7 0.4 9.3
1998-99 San Antonio 50 50 30.2 .410 .328 .757 4.3 2.3 0.5 0.3 11.2
1999-00 San Antonio 19 19 20.6 .358 .351 .781 2.5 1.5 0.6 0.1 6.0
2000-01 San Antonio 52 34 23.6 .434 .426 .714 3.3 1.6 0.4 0.5 7.9
Career[6] 742 712 33.0 .465 .375 .800 4.3 2.6 0.8 0.4 14.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989-90 San Antonio 10 29.1 .552 .000 .724 4.1 1.8 0.9 0.6 12.7
1990-91 San Antonio 4 33.0 .425 .000 .781 5.5 4.0 1.0 0.3 14.8
1991-92 San Antonio 3 45.7 .475 .625 .889 4.3 2.7 1.0 1.3 19.7
1992-93 San Antonio 10 38.1 .472 .214 .925 4.8 3.6 0.8 0.3 15.8
1994-95 San Antonio 15 38.3 .435 .364 .776 4.8 2.7 0.7 0.5 17.3
1995-96 San Antonio 10 38.9 .402 .294 .797 3.9 2.5 1.1 0.4 15.5
1998-99 San Antonio 17 33.8 .444 .400 .763 3.4 2.6 0.5 0.2 11.9
1999-00 San Antonio 4 29.8 .375 .385 .625 5.5 1.3 0.0 0.5 10.0
2000-01 San Antonio 12 19.9 .373 .364 1.000 2.2 1.2 0.4 0.5 4.8
Career[7] ... 85 33.4 .445 .356 .801 4.0 2.4 0.7 0.4 13.2

Bout with a kidney disease[edit]

Shortly after the championship run, Elliott announced that he had played despite having a kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and that he would require a transplant. He underwent surgery on August 16 of that year, receiving a kidney from his older brother, Noel. On March 13, 2000, Elliott became the first player to return after a kidney transplant, in a game against the Atlanta Hawks. He announced his retirement in 2001.

Retirement[edit]

He finished his career averaging 14.2 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game. Elliott is the third all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (563) and attempted (1,485). He is also the only player in Spurs history to rank among the franchise's top ten in six different statistical categories: games played (third, 669), points (fourth, 9,659), rebounds (sixth, 2,941), assists (seventh, 1,700), steals (eighth, 522), and blocks (ninth, 257).

After retiring, Elliott became a basketball analyst for The NBA on NBC and, during the 2003–2004 season, for ABC Sports and ESPN. He left that position for the 2004–2005 season and became the color commentator for the Spurs' local broadcasting. On January 5, 2013, he joined Fox Sports 1, calling his first college basketball game with the network.[8]

On March 6, 2005, his #32 jersey was retired and hung in the rafters of the AT&T Center. His #32 jersey is also retired by the University of Arizona.

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