Travis Knight (basketball)

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Travis Knight
Personal information
Born (1974-09-13) September 13, 1974 (age 43)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Alta (Sandy, Utah)
College Connecticut (1992–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 1996–2003
Position Center
Number 40, 44
Career history
1996–1997 Los Angeles Lakers
19971999 Boston Celtics
19992000 Los Angeles Lakers
20002003 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,276 (3.4 ppg)
Rebounds 1,160 (3.1 rpg)
Blocks 221 (0.6 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Travis Knight (born September 13, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player who played seven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A 7'0" center from the University of Connecticut, he played under Hall of Fame head coach Jim Calhoun.

Knight was drafted with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. In July 1996, less than a month after drafting Knight, the Bulls renounced the rights to sign Knight rather than give him the required three-year contract for first-round picks.[1] He then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. After playing in 71 games with the Lakers, which included 14 starts, an appearance in the rookie All-star game and averages of 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game, Knight was once again a free agent and signed a 7-year contract worth $22 million with the Boston Celtics under new coach and general manager Rick Pitino.[2] Upon signing the deal, Knight said, "I really have mixed emotions; I should be elated right now, but I'm not. I feel so much loyalty [to the Lakers]".[2] After one season in which he averaged 6.5 points over 71 games with the Celtics, Knight was traded back to the Lakers for Tony Battie. He won a championship as a role player with the Lakers in 2000, averaging 1.6 points per game in 6.3 minutes in 71 games. In September 2000, Knight was sent to the New York Knicks as part of a four-team trade which sent Patrick Ewing to the Seattle SuperSonics.[3] Knight played his final 3 NBA seasons in New York; he averaged between 5.7 and 9 minutes per game over those seasons and never more than 2 points per game as a bench player. He left the NBA in 2003 when the initial contract he signed in 1996 expired. Overall, Knight played in 7 NBA seasons from 1996 to 2003, appeared in 371 games over that time and scored a total of 1,276 points. He holds the NBA Playoff record for quickest disqualification, having fouled out in six minutes in game 4 of the 1999 Western Conference semi-finals.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ SPORTS PEOPLE: BASKETBALL;Bulls Renounce Knight The New York Times, July 13, 1996
  2. ^ a b Knight Agrees To Celtics Deal The New York Times, July 6, 1997
  3. ^ Knicks Send Ewing to Sonics As 4-Team Deal Ends an Era The New York Times, September 21, 2000
  4. ^ KAWAKAMI, TIM (24 May 1999). "Rambis Earns Mixed Reaction" – via LA Times. 

External links

  • NBA.com Profile
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