June 10, 1959 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Austin-East (Knoxville, Tennessee)|
|College||Ole Miss (1977–1981)|
|NBA draft||1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||33, 20, 21|
|1989–1990||Rockford Lightning (CBA)|
|1990||Scavolini Pesaro (Italy)|
|1990–1991||Apollon Patras (Greece)|
|1992–1995||Wichita Falls Texas / Chicago Rockers (CBA)|
|1995–1996||Quad City Thunder (assistant)|
|1996–2000||Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)|
|2000–2006||Sacramento Kings (assistant)|
|2007–2011||Houston Rockets (assistant)|
|2011–2013||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|2013–present||Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,397 (4.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,375 (2.7 rpg)|
|Assists||914 (1.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Elston Howard Turner (born June 10, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who's currently and assistant head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
A 6'5" (1.96 m) guard–forward from the University of Mississippi, leading Ole Miss to its first ever NCAA Tournament in his senior year, Turner was selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, and went on to play in eight NBA seasons from 1981 to 1989, for the Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and the Chicago Bulls. He also coached and played in the CBA — as an assistant coach for the Quad City Thunder and as a player–coach for the Chicago Rockers. He also played professionally in Europe.
In July 2009, Turner was interviewed for the vacant Minnesota Timberwolves head coaching position. Turner, along with Mark Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, was one of three finalists vying for the job, but Rambis was the Wolves' ultimate choice.
In May 2010, Turner was interviewed for both the Philadelphia 76ers' and the Chicago Bulls' vacant head coaching positions. They were eventually taken by Doug Collins and Tom Thibodeau, respectively. In June 2010, Turner was granted permission by the Rockets to talk to the L.A. Clippers about its vacant head coaching job.
In July 2011, Turner was interviewed for a defensive coordinator position for the Phoenix Suns along with the Milwaukee Bucks' coordinator Jim Boylan, the San Antonio Spurs' coordinator Don Newman, and current Golden State Warriors' coordinator Pete Myers. Turner signed a two-year contract, becoming the fifth assistant head coach for the Suns along with Bill Cartwright, Dan Majerle, Igor Kokoškov, and Noel Gillespie.
In July 2012, Turner was interviewed for the Portland Trail Blazers' vacant head coach position. He was one of the final four candidates, competing against Terry Stotts, Steve Clifford, and then-interim coach Kaleb Canales. Ultimately, he was not hired for the position. In January 2013, Turner resigned from his assistant coach position with Phoenix. He was named an assistant coach by the Memphis Grizzlies in September 2013.
Turner's son, Elston Jr., played guard for the University of Washington Huskies men's basketball team from 2008 through 2010. He has transferred to the Texas A&M University Aggies for his junior and senior seasons. Elston Jr.'s senior season included a career-high 40 point game and an upset victory against the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team on January 12, 2013 and a 37 point performance against Elston Sr.'s alma matter Ole Miss on February 13, 2013.
- Rockets assistant Turner interviews for open Suns' job
- Suns complete coaching interviews
- Porter to become Suns' next head coach
- Turner interviews with Timberwolves
- Wolves' next coach to be named soon
- Rambis will be Wolves head coach
- NBA.com: Sources: Bulls interview Rockets' Turner about vacancy
- Philadelphia 76ers interview Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner - ESPN
- Report: Houston Rockets aide Elston Turner on Los Angeles Clippers' radar - ESPN Los Angeles
- Phoenix Suns hire Elston Turner as new defensive assistant coach
- Grizzlies announce coaching staff
- Ex-Huskies reserve guard Elston Turner moves to Texas A&M