Alston in 2014
|League||NBA G League|
August 20, 1972|
The Bronx, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Hoboken (Hoboken, New Jersey)|
|NBA draft||1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2007–2008||New Zealand Breakers|
|2008–2009||Libertad de Sunchales|
|2010||La Unión de Formosa|
|2012–2015||Houston Rockets (assistant)|
|2015–present||Westchester Knicks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Alston, a power forward/center from Duquesne University, started off his professional career when he was selected 33rd overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers for whom he played two seasons. He then played 2 games for the Atlanta Hawks in late 1996 before taking his game overseas.
Joining the New Zealand Breakers mid-season 2007-08, Alston made an immediate impact. Statwise, he reached the top 20 in the league for FG%, shooting at 56.0%, and offensive rebounds, while averaging 13.8 ppg and being instrumental in helping the Breakers reach the playoffs for the first time in club history.
After retiring, in 2012, Alston joined the staff of the Houston Rockets and served as their Player Development Coach for two seasons 2012-2015. On October 27, 2015 he was hired by the Westchester Knicks to be an assistant coach.
In August 2014, Alston traveled to the Philippines as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. In this function, he worked with Alison Feaster and Erik Spoelstra to conduct basketball clinics and events for more than 375 youth from underserved areas. In so doing, Alston helped contribute to SportsUnited's mission to advance the status of women and girls around the world and to show support to an important regional partner.
- Brennan, John. "ALL-STAR EFFORTS CARRY NETS", The Record (Bergen County), January 14, 1995. Accessed August 12, 2008. "Derrick Alston, a second-round draft choice by the 76ers out of Duquesne, is a Hoboken High School graduate."
- DERRICK ALSTON SE INCORPORA AL CUERPO TÉCNICO DE HOUSTON ROCKETS Archived 2012-10-14 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Westchester Knicks hire Coby Karl, Derrick Alston as assistants". Newsday.com. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
- "Day 5 of 6: WHO IS THIS NBA ICON? Miami... - U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-01.