- Height: 6'6"
- Weight: 200 lbs
- Date of Birth: April 20th, 1971
- Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
- Mascot: Smokey IX
- High School: Ballard High School
- Position: Shooting Guard (SG)
- Draft: 1st round, 11th overall, Detroit Pistons, 1993
Allan Houston was born on April 20, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky. He played high school basketball at Ballard High School and helped lead his team to the Kentucky state title in 1988. Houston then played collegiate basketball at the University of Tennessee and was a star from the beginning. He averaged over 20 points per game all four of his seasons and graduated following the 1992-93 season as Tennessee’s all-time leading scorer.
Houston was drafted with the 11th overall pick of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He spent three years with the Pistons, improving his game every year. He decided to leave Detroit in 1996 and signed as a free agent with the New York Knicks. He played with the Knicks through the 2004-05 season and, with his famously smooth shot, posted solid numbers nearly every year. He was named to the All-Star team twice (2000 and 2001) and won a gold medal with the U.S. Men’s Basketball team at the 2000 Olympics. Houston retired in 2005 following two injury-shortened seasons due to a bad knee. However, in October of 2007 Houston announced his return to the New York Knicks. Over his career, Houston has averaged 17.3 points per game and currently ranks 10th all-time in NBA history with 1,305 career three-point field goals made.
Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
- Gold Medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games
- Two Time All-Star Player (2000 and 2001)