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|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|1983–1984||Kansas City Kings|
|1984–1985||San Antonio Spurs|
|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
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
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, North Carolina. NCSU went on to defeat UCLA & Marquette for the National title in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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.
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."
- "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.