Derrick Alston

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Derrick Alston
Derrick Alston 2014.jpg
Alston in 2014
Westchester Knicks
Position Assistant coach
League NBA G League
Personal information
Born (1972-08-20) August 20, 1972 (age 46)
The Bronx, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Hoboken (Hoboken, New Jersey)
College Duquesne (1990–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1994–2012
Position Power forward / Center
Number 21, 45
Coaching career 2012–present
Career history
As player:
19941996 Philadelphia 76ers
1996 Atlanta Hawks
1996–1997 Efes Pilsen
1997–1998 TDK Manresa
1998–2000 FC Barcelona
2000–2002 Pamesa Valencia
2002–2003 Real Madrid
2003–2005 Lleida
2005–2006 BCM Gravelines
2006 Ural Great
2006–2007 Türk Telekom
2007–2008 New Zealand Breakers
2008–2009 Libertad de Sunchales
2009–2010 Boca Juniors
2010 La Unión de Formosa
2011–2012 Boca Juniors
As coach:
2012–2015 Houston Rockets (assistant)
2015–present Westchester Knicks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Derrick Samuel Alston (born August 20, 1972) is an American former basketball player currently working as an assistant coach for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League.

Early life[edit]

Born in The Bronx, New York, Alston played basketball at Hoboken High School in Hoboken, New Jersey.[1]

Professional career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring, in 2012, Alston joined the staff of the Houston Rockets and served as their Player Development Coach for two seasons 2012-2015.[2] On October 27, 2015 he was hired by the Westchester Knicks to be an assistant coach.[3]

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.[4]


  1. ^ 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."
  3. ^ "Westchester Knicks hire Coby Karl, Derrick Alston as assistants". October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Day 5 of 6: WHO IS THIS NBA ICON? Miami... - U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines | Facebook". Retrieved 2016-05-01. 

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