Tony Windless

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Tony Windless
Personal information
Born (1969-10-14) October 14, 1969 (age 47)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American / British
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Career information
High school Northside (Memphis, Tennessee)
NBA draft 1992 / Undrafted
Position Small forward
Career history
1994–1997 London Towers
1997–1998 Derby Storm
1998–2000 Milton Keynes Lions
2000–2001 Newcastle Eagles
2001–2002 Montpellier Basket
2002–2003 Gravelines
2003 Le Mans
2003–2004 Besançon
2004–2005 Scottish Rocks
2005–2008 Milton Keynes Lions
2008–2011 Leicester Riders

Tony Windless (born October 14, 1969) is an American retired professional basketball player with a notable career stretching over a decade in the British Basketball League.

A big time player, over the years Tony has collected every honour in the game and is often touted as one of the greatest players to grace the British leagues.[citation needed]

The 6ft5 small forward began his pro career in 1994 when he signed for the London Towers, after attending Georgia Southern University. His debut for Towers came on November 11 in a home game against Leicester Riders, and after many more successful appearances during the 1994–95 season, Windless was elcected to the All-Star game and made the final BBL All-Star Team, the first of many more accolades.[citation needed]

His three-season spell at the Towers would be his most successful throughout his career. The 1995–96 season saw the beginning of the trophy spree, when Windless helped the Towers to a 70–58 National Cup final victory against the Sheffield Sharks, on their own turf. A 90–84 win over Worthing Bears in the Trophy final, in which he was named MVP, and a first-place finish in the League bulked up Windless' trophy cabinet, along with his personal awards of an All-Star game appearance and a spot in the All-Star Team at the end of the season.

The following season, which saw another him elected to another All-Star game appearance, Tony helped Towers to another Trophy win and a victorious Playoff run, beating fierce rivals Greater London Leopards 89–88 in an intense Wembley final. The victory made all the more sweeter, after Leopards had pipped Towers to the league crown just weeks earlier.

After claiming every title in the game at Towers, Windless headed north from the capital in 1997 when he signed for Derby Storm, where he played in 22 games, averaging 15.15 PPG. After just a year in Derby, Tony relocated to Milton Keynes Lions for two years, where he found increased minutes and an improved points average, achieving his career high in the 1999–00 season, posting 19.65. This record would be smashed the following season after signing for Newcastle Eagles, where in 31 games played, Windless tallied an impressive 21.32 PPG, still his best season average to date.

While in Newcastle, he regained his impeccable form from the Towers days, leading the previously fledging franchise to a Trophy final, in which they finished runners-up to the victorious Chester Jets, 92–81. For the seventh consecutive season, Windless was featured in the All-Star game for 2001, where he was named as MVP for the final ever event. He was also reselected for the BBL All-Star Team following a three-year absence.

It seemed as though his career was on the up, and a move to Europe was too good to turn down. After starring in the French leagues for Montpellier, Gravelines and Besançon, Windless returned to the UK in 2004 to play for Scottish Rocks.

After one season in Glasgow, where he averaged just 13.5 PPG in 31.75 minutes-per-game, he was off again, returning to his former club Milton Keynes Lions, where he starred alongside a squad of fellow veteran stars until 2008, when he signed for the Leicester Riders.[1]