March 28, 1969 |
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||150 lb (68 kg)|
|High school||Treadwell (Memphis, Tennessee)|
|NBA draft||1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers|
|Number||34, 21, 2, 5, 1|
|1991||Los Angeles Clippers|
|1992||La Crosse Catbirds|
|1993–1994||Grand Rapids Hoops|
|1999–2000||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,449 (6.3 ppg)|
|Assists||1,699 (3.1 rpg)|
|Steals||574 (1.0 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Elliot Lamonte Perry (born March 28, 1969) is a retired American professional basketball player.
The 6'0" (1.83 m) point guard from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), was selected with the tenth pick of the second round (37th overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1991 NBA Draft. He played ten games in 1991-92 for the Clippers before being waived and subsequently signed for the rest of the season by the Charlotte Hornets. He then moved on to Continental Basketball Association for two years before returning to the NBA, most notably with the Phoenix Suns where in 1994-95 he was voted runner-up as the NBA's Most Improved Player.
Perry is also known as "Socks" because of the high long socks he wore during his college and NBA career. A quick and slashing player in college, his ability to alter his shot in mid-air to draw a foul from his defender made him very dangerous to defend. Lack of quality supporting players forced Perry to carry the U of M team on his skill. During his senior year Anfernee Hardaway had been scheduled to be his teammate, but Hardaway's academic qualifying woes ensured he was red-shirted, and these two never were able to team up.
Perry and fellow former NBA player and Memphis State alumn Hank McDowell became the radio broadcast team's color commentators for the Memphis Grizzlies starting in the 2006-07 NBA season. Today, Perry lives in Germantown, TN, a suburb of Memphis. He and his wife have a child together. He still loves to play basketball with former players and kids in his neighborhood, and is active as a mentor with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis.