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Alton Lister
Power forward/center
Born October 1, 1958 (1958-10-01) (age 51)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
High school Woodrow Wilson (Dallas)
College San Jacinto Junior College,
Arizona State
Draft 21st overall, 1981
Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1981–1998
Former teams Milwaukee Bucks (1981-1986, 1994-1995)
Seattle SuperSonics (1986-1989)
Golden State Warriors (1989-1993)
Boston Celtics (1995-1997)
Portland Trail Blazers (1997-1998)

Alton Lavelle Lister (born October 1, 1958 in Dallas, Texas) is a retired American professional basketball player, in the power forward-center position.

The 7'0" Lister played at San Jacinto Junior College, where he was a teammate of future NBA journeyman shooting guard Oliver Mack.[1]. He later transferred and graduated from Arizona State University, and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round (21st overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft, going on to appear in 16 NBA seasons for 5 different teams: Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, finishing his career with 7 games for the Portland Trail Blazers. He wore jersey #53 his entire career, and was best known as a solid rebounder and shot blocker.

In his NBA career, Lister played in 953 games (incidentally, the second most games ever for a player with jersey #53, behind Artis Gilmore) and scored a total of 6,298 points. His best year as a professional came during the 1986-87 season as a member of the Supersonics, appearing in 75 games and averaging 11.6 ppg.

Prior to Arizona State, Lister graduated in 1976 from Woodrow Wilson High School in the Lakewood section of Dallas, where he led the Wildcats to many victories and was an All-American and All-State team member. He was inducted into the school's hall of fame at its 60th anniversary, in 1988.

In 2000, Lister became head coach of at Mesa Community College. From a 9-21 season before his arrival, Lister had five consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins. In the seven years Lister served as coach, 30 players went on to play for NCAA Division I schools. While coaching at Mesa, Lister spent six summers at Pete Newell's Big Man's Camp. The Atlanta Hawks were impressed with Lister’s work at the Newell's camps, thus paving the way for Billy Knight's recruitment of Lister as assistant coach to Mike Woodson in 2007[2].

In November 2008, upon the recommendation of Paul Howard, he was hired as skills coach to the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippine Basketball Association[3].


  1. ^ Dragons made unexpected appearance 50 years ago, by Harold Bechard, posted March 20, 2007
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