February 1, 1974 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||William Henry Harrison
|NBA draft||1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
|1996–1997||New York Knicks|
|2005–2006||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2010–2011||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|2013–present||Boston Celtics (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,056 (5.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,554 (2.6 rpg)|
|Assists||670 (1.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Walter Lee McCarty (born February 1, 1974) is an American former basketball player, and current assistant coach with the NBA's Boston Celtics. McCarty played for the NBA's New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Early life and college career
Born in Evansville, Indiana, the 6-foot, 10-inch (2.08 m) McCarty played college basketball at the University of Kentucky where he was a part of the team that won the NCAA championship in 1996. In 1994, Walter's made three pointer completed Kentucky's 31 point comeback over LSU—the biggest second-half rally in NCAA history. He was selected by the Knicks with the 19th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.
McCarty played for the Knicks until October 1997, when he was traded to the Celtics. McCarty played in all 82 games that season, starting 64 of them. He also established career highs in virtually every category during this season. Over the next few years, he was one of Boston's top options off the bench, often making a key defensive play or three point shot. He became a fan favorite in Boston for his gutsy play, hustle, and penchant for making the big shot. He was also a favorite of Hall of Fame player and current announcer Tommy Heinsohn, who often exclaimed "I love Walter!" after some of McCarty's plays.
In February 2005, McCarty was traded, along with an undisclosed amount of cash, to the Suns for a second round pick as a result of the Celtics' youth movement. Walter McCarty signed with the Clippers in the offseason of 2005.
Career as NBA coach
In 2011, McCarty was let go by the Pacers when Frank Vogel took over as head coach.
McCarty currently lives in Lincoln, MA. He appeared in the 1998 film He Got Game as the character "Mance". In 2003, McCarty released the CD "Moment for Love", an R&B/soul album to generally positive reviews. He sang the National Anthem prior to All-Star Saturday Night on the eve of the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.