Rod Strickland

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Rod Strickland
Strickland as an assistant coach for the Kentucky Wildcats
Personal information
Born (1966-07-11) July 11, 1966 (age 52)
The Bronx, New York
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Truman (The Bronx, New York)
Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
College DePaul (1985–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1988–2005
Position Point guard
Number11, 1, 31
Coaching career2014–present
Career history
As player:
19881990 New York Knicks
19901992 San Antonio Spurs
19921996 Portland Trail Blazers
19962001 Washington Bullets / Wizards
2001 Portland Trail Blazers
2001–2002 Miami Heat
2002–2003 Minnesota Timberwolves
2003–2004 Orlando Magic
2004 Toronto Raptors
2005 Houston Rockets
As coach:
2014–2017 South Florida (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 14,463 (13.2 ppg)
Rebounds 4,084 (3.7 rpg)
Assists 7,987 (7.3 apg)
Stats at

Rodney Strickland (born July 11, 1966) is an American basketball executive and retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He is currently the program manager for the NBA G League's professional path. [1] Strickland played college basketball at DePaul University, where he was awarded All-American honors. He then enjoyed a long career in the NBA, playing from 1988 to 2005. Strickland was an assistant coach for the South Florida Bulls, under Orlando Antigua from 2014 to 2017. [2] He formerly served in an administrative role for the University of Kentucky basketball team under head coach John Calipari and was the director of basketball operations at the University of Memphis under Calipari. He is the godfather of current NBA player Kyrie Irving.

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High school career

A native of the Bronx, Strickland played for the New York Gauchos. While a junior he led Truman High School in Co-Op City to the state championship and was ranked as one of the top 10 high school recruits in the nation. As a senior, he transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

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College career

Strickland became a college star at DePaul University where he appeared in 87 games. As a junior, he was a First Team All-American after averaging 20.0 points and 7.8 assists. A 1987 and 1988 All-America pick, Strickland helped lead the Blue Demons to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1985–88, including Sweet Sixteen showings in 1986 and 1987. The four-time Blue Demon letterwinner ranks among the program's career leaders in scoring average (8th; 16.6 ppg), assists (3rd; 557) and steals (2nd; 204). He also averaged 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4% during his college career.

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NBA career

New York Knicks

He was selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA draft by his hometown New York Knicks where he backed up point guard Mark Jackson, the 1988 NBA Rookie of the Year. He was seen as sort of an odd choice by some observers since the Knicks had Jackson. Nevertheless, Jackson and Strickland shared time that season. Strickland played in all 82 games and averaged 8.9 points and 3.9 assists in 16.8 minutes per game where he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

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San Antonio Spurs

Knowing that having both Jackson and Strickland play for the same position would not work, the Knicks dealt Strickland to the San Antonio Spurs for veteran Maurice Cheeks in the middle of the 1989–1990 season. [3] Strickland flourished in San Antonio. The Spurs went 18-6 with him in the starting lineup. He led the club in assists 26 times and averaged 12.3 points and 11.2 assists in 10 playoff games.

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In the 1990–91 season Strickland lived up to his expectations as an exciting performer when he was healthy. He missed 24 games that year because of a sore ankle and a broken bone in his right hand. In the 58 games he played, Strickland averaged 13.8 points and 8.0 assists, shooting .482 from the field and .763 from the free throw line. He led the Spurs in assists 46 times and in steals 30 times. Strickland finished the year tied with Terry Porter for 12th in the NBA in assists. And in a four-game series loss to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 1991 NBA Playoffs, he posted terrific numbers: 18.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists, and 2.25 steals in 42.0 minutes per game.

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Starting the 1991–92 NBA season in a contract dispute with the Spurs management, Strickland didn't play in the first 24 games of the season. He finally signed on December 23, then started 54 of 57 games and averaged 13.8 points, 8.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.07 steals in 36.0 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 48 times and scored 20 or more points on eight occasions. He notched a then career-high 28 points against the Indiana Pacers on February 6 and made a career-high 19 assists versus the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 3. Strickland started two playoff games against the Phoenix Suns before missing the third with a broken bone in his left hand. The Suns swept the series in three games.

Portland Trail Blazers

Before the start of the 1992–93 season, Strickland signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers. In four seasons with the Blazers, Strickland averaged 17 ppg and 8.6 apg.

Washington Bullets/Wizards

In a move that initially helped both franchises, Strickland and teammate Harvey Grant were traded to the Washington Bullets for Rasheed Wallace and Mitchell Butler in 1996. In his first season in Washington, Strickland averaged 17.2 ppg and 8.9 apg helping the Bullets make the playoffs in 1997 for the first time in 8 seasons.

In 1997–98, Strickland had the best season of his career as he averaged 17.8 ppg and a league leading 10.5 apg. During the year, Strickland also became only the 25th player in NBA history to record 10,000 points and 5,000 assists. Strickland was selected to the Second Team All-NBA. While his individual stats improved over the next few seasons for the Wizards, the team got worse, leading to a buyout of his contract.

Last seasons and retirement

Strickland would go on to spend time with the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, and the Houston Rockets to conclude his NBA career. He played in 1,094 games (740 starts) and scored over 14,000 points and dished out nearly 8,000 assists. He also ranked among the NBA's top 10 in assists per game in 1991–92 (5th), 1993–94 (6th), 1994–95 (5th), 1995–96 (4th), 1996–97 (5th), 1997–98 (1st), and 1998–99 (2nd).

Strickland averaged 13.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 30.7 minutes of floor time per game. [4]

Career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
*Led the league

Regular season

1988–89 New York 811016.8.467.322.7452.
1989–90 New York 51020.0.440.286.6382.
1989–90 San Antonio 312436.2.468.222.6154.
1990–91 San Antonio 585635.8.482.333.7633.
1991–92 San Antonio 575436.0.455.333.6874.
1992–93 Portland 783531.7.485.133.7174.
1993–94 Portland 825835.2.483.200.7494.
1994–95 Portland 646135.4.466.374.7455.
1995–96 Portland 676337.7.460.342.6524.
1996–97 Washington 828136.5.466.169.7384.
1997–98 Washington 767639.7.434.250.7265.310.5*1.70.317.8
1998–99 Washington 444337.1.416.286.7464.
1999–00 Washington 696731.7.429.048.7023.
2000–01 Washington 332830.9.426.250.7823.
2000–01 Portland 21016.7.418.000.5771.
2001–02 Miami 766430.2.443.308.7663.
2002–03 Minnesota 47820.3.432.091.7382.
2003–04 Orlando 46919.9.454.303.7502.
2003–04 Toronto 15118.8.333.000.6822.
2004–05 Houston 16212.3.209.500.9001.


1989 New York 9012.3.4491.000.5291.
1990 San Antonio 101038.4.425.000.5565.311.
1991 San Antonio 4442.0.433.000.8105.
1992 San Antonio 2240.0.591.6253.
1993 Portland 4439.0.423.000.8336.
1994 Portland 4438.5.500.000.8154.
1995 Portland 3342.0.415.400.7784.
1996 Portland 5540.4.440.500.6396.
1997 Washington 3341.3.423.500.7376.
2001 Portland 209.5.333.6672.
2003 Minnesota 6012.2.5241.0001.

Coaching career

Strickland was hired as an assistant coach at USF under former Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua from 2014 to 2017. [2] [ citation needed ] Prior to that, he served in an administrative role at the University of Kentucky under Coach John Calipari. [5] Strickland started his coaching career as director of basketball operations at the University of Memphis, taking over the job held by former NBA player, Milt Wagner. [6] In September 2008, Strickland was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame along with NBA stars Kenny Anderson and Sam Perkins, coach Pete Gillen and pioneers Lou Bender and Eddie Younger. [7]

Personal life

Strickland is the godfather of the 2011 NBA draft first overall pick and 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving. [8]

See also


  1. "Q&A: Allison Feaster, Rod Strickland on Leading the NBA G League Professional Path". November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  2. 1 2 "Rod Strickland Bio". 14 April 2014. University of South Florida . Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. Goldaper, Sam (February 22, 1990). "Knicks Trade Strickland to Spurs for Cheeks". New York Times .
  5. "Antigua, Robic, Strickland Named Basketball Assistants". University of Kentucky. May 19, 2009. Archived from the original on May 22, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2009.
  7. Mallozzi, Vincent M. "City's Basketball Hall Welcomes 98-Year-Old Inductee", The New York Times , September 17, 2008. Accessed September 14, 2009.
  8. MacMullan, Jack (24 February 2012). "A father dedicated to helping his son". Retrieved 28 December 2013.

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