Elston Turner

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Elston Turner
Sacramento Kings
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1959-06-10) June 10, 1959 (age 58)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Austin-East (Knoxville, Tennessee)
College Ole Miss (1977–1981)
NBA draft 1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career 1981–1995
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 33, 20, 21
Coaching career 1994–present
Career history
As player:
19811984 Dallas Mavericks
19841986 Denver Nuggets
19861988 Chicago Bulls
1988–1989 Denver Nuggets
1989–1990 Rockford Lightning
1990 Granollers
1990 Scavolini Pesaro
1990–1991 Apollon Patras
1992–1995 Wichita Falls Texans / Chicago Rockers
As coach:
1994–1995 Chicago Rockers
1995–1996 Quad City Thunder (assistant)
19962000 Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
20002006 Sacramento Kings (assistant)
20072011 Houston Rockets (assistant)
20112013 Phoenix Suns (assistant)
20132016 Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
2016–present Sacramento Kings (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 an assistant head coach for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Playing career[edit]

A 6'5" (1.96 m) shooting guardsmall 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.

Coaching career[edit]

Turner later moved to the NBA, with the Sacramento Kings (six years) and the Portland Trail Blazers (four). In 2007, he rejoined Rick Adelman's staff at the Houston Rockets.[1]

In May 2008, Turner was interviewed twice[2] for the Phoenix Suns' head coaching position which had become vacant after Mike D'Antoni left.[1] Ultimately, he was not hired.[3]

In July 2009, Turner was interviewed for the vacant Minnesota Timberwolves head coaching position.[4] Turner, along with Mark Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, was one of three finalists vying for the job,[5] but Rambis was the Wolves' ultimate choice.[6][7]

In May 2010, Turner was interviewed for both the Philadelphia 76ers'[8] and the Chicago Bulls' vacant head coaching positions.[7] They were eventually taken by Doug Collins and Tom Thibodeau, respectively.[9] In June 2010, Turner was granted permission by the Rockets to talk to the L.A. Clippers about its vacant head coaching job.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] He was one of the final four candidates, competing against Terry Stotts, Steve Clifford, and then-interim coach Kaleb Canales.[12] Ultimately, he was not hired for the position.[13] 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.[14]

On June 3, 2016, Turner joined the Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach once more.[15]


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.[16]


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