August 18, 1969 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||270 lb (122 kg)|
|High school||Las Plumas (Oroville, California)|
|College||Kings River CC (1987–1989)
Arizona State (1989–1991)
|NBA draft||1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|Number||50, 8, 9|
|1993–1994||Oklahoma City Cavalry (CBA)|
|1994–1995||CRO Lyon (France)|
|1995–1996||Tuborg Pilsener (Turkey)|
|1999||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2000–2002||Vancouver / Memphis Grizzlies|
|2003||Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China)|
|2004||Jersey Squires (ABA)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,285 (7.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,030 (4.7 rpg)|
|Blocks||226 (0.5 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Austin was born in Gridley, California. A 6' 10" (2.08 m) center from Kings River Community College and Arizona State University, he was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (48th overall) of the 1991 NBA draft. He averaged two points and 1.1 rebounds during his rookie season with the Jazz, and after two more sub-par seasons, he signed to play with Tuborg İzmir, a Turkish basketball team. Austin averaged 22.3 points and 13.9 rebounds during the 1995–1996 season in Turkey, and he returned to the NBA the following season as a member of the Miami Heat.
With renewed confidence, Austin averaged 9.7 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Heat and received the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1997. Austin had his best season in 1997–1998, when he averaged 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while playing for the Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers (to whom he was traded midseason for Brent Barry). After that season, he signed a lucrative contract with the Orlando Magic, but his play began to regress. Austin was traded to the Washington Wizards for Ben Wallace after one season with the Magic, and the Wizards later traded him to the Vancouver Grizzlies, with whom he ended his NBA career in 2002 (the team moved to Memphis in 2001).
From 2004–2005, Austin was owner and head coach of the Utah Snowbears, a team in the American Basketball Association. He led the Snowbears to a 27-1 record in the team's first season, but feuded with league officials during the playoffs and decided to forfeit the rest of the season in protest.
- "Isaiah Austin 2012 Basketball Recruiting Profile- ESPN".
- Austin, ABA play blame game as Snowbears quit playoffs