From being one of the marquee NBA players throughout the 80’s to an award winning NBA coach, Byron Scott has spent 34 years in the league including 3 NBA Championships (1985, 1987 and 1988) and being named NBA Coach of the Year (2008).
A native of Ogden, Utah, Scott was selected 4th overall out of Arizona State in the 1983 NBA Draft by the San Diego Clippers before becoming a standout guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, and Vancouver Grizzlies. In 1,073 games (717 starts), the 6-4 guard averaged 14.1 points on .482 shooting, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28.1 minutes per game, while reaching the postseason in 13 of his 14 seasons. After playing a second-stint with the Lakers (1996-97), Scott played overseas in Greece for one season with Panathinaikos and captured a Greek League Championship (1998).
Scott moved into the coaching ranks as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, before being named head coach of the New Jersey Nets and leading the Nets to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Scott continued his coaching career with New Orleans, Cleveland and Los Angeles (Lakers) and most recently has spent time as an NBA analyst with ABC and ESPN.
Pro Career: Los Angeles Lakers (1983-1993, 1996-97), Indiana Pacers (1993-95), Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Panathinaikos (Greece) (1997-98).
Career Highlights & Awards:
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (1984)
- 3-Time NBA Champion (1985, 1987, 1988)
- Greek Basketball League Champ (1998)
Affiliations: Byron Scott remains active in his non-profit work, with The Byron Scott Children’s Fund and has raised more than $10 million dollars for various children’s charities.
Post Pro Career: After his playing days, Scott became known as one of the best NBA coaches with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers, and an NBA analyst with ABC and ESPN.
- Byron Scott finished his college career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,752 points.
- Scott has served as both a studio analyst for ABC and ESPN.