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Byron Scott
Position(s) Shooting guard
Jersey #(s) 4
Born March 28, 1961 (1961-03-28) (age 48)
Ogden, Utah, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1983–1998
NBA Draft 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4

Selected by San Diego Clippers

College Arizona State
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     15,097
Steals     1,224
Assists     2,729
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
  • 1983-84 NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 3x NBA Champion (1985, 1987, 1988 as player)
  • 1x Greek Champion (1998)
  • 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year

Byron Antom Scott (born March 28, 1961 in Ogden, Utah[1]) is a retired American National Basketball Association player and former head coach of the NBA's New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets. He attended Arizona State University. He was an important component of the Los Angeles Lakers championship teams of the mid-to-late 1980s. Scott grew up in Inglewood, California and played at Morningside High School, in the shadow of what was then the Lakers' home arena, The Forum.


Professional basketball career



Selected by the San Diego Clippers with the 4th pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1983 in exchange for Norm Nixon. During his playing career, Scott suited up for the Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Vancouver Grizzlies. Scott was a key player for the Lakers during the Showtime era, being a starter alongside Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He played for the Lakers for 10 consecutive seasons (1983–1993). During that time he won 3 NBA championships (1985, 1987, 1988). As a rookie, he was a member of the 1984 all-rookie team, averaging 10.6 PPG in 22 MPG. He led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.433) in 1984-85. 1987-88 was his best season, leading the world champion Lakers in scoring, averaging a career-best 21.7 ppg, and in steals (1.91 spg). Although he was an excellent player and an integral part of one of the greatest teams in NBA history, Byron Scott was never selected to play in the NBA All-Star game. He was the Lakers' starting shooting guard from 1984 until 1993. In 1996-97, the last year of Scott's playing career in the NBA, he went back to the Lakers and proved to be a valuable mentor for a team led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal.


In the summer of 1997 Scott signed with the Greek League team Panathinaikos for the 1997–1998 season. Byron Scott lead his team to the Greek Championship by scoring many crucial baskets.


Byron Scott began his NBA coaching career in 1998, when he began the first of two seasons as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings. He specialized in teaching perimeter shooting during his tenure with the Kings and helped to lead the team to an excellent three-point shooting percentage during a pair of playoff seasons.

In 2000, Scott took over a struggling New Jersey Nets team. His team performed poorly in his first year, but he was able to build a nucleus for a winning franchise. The next season, Scott led New Jersey to a franchise record 52 wins, their first Atlantic division crown, and an appearance in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite losing the championship series to LA, Scott came back to coach the team through another successful season during the 2002-03 campaign, once again taking the team to the NBA Finals, but losing once again--this time to the San Antonio Spurs. New Jersey was up by double figures in game six, but the Spurs tightened up their defense and won the game and the championship, which denied the state of New Jersey the distinction of both NBA and NHL titles in the same year; the New Jersey Devils defeated the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. During the 2003–04 season, New Jersey performed poorly early in the season, and Scott was fired.

Scott became the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets since 2005. In the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, he guided the team to a pair of competitive, but sub .500 seasons. However, he was coaching in imperfect circumstances, coaching a team that played most of its home games in Oklahoma City because of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.

In the 2007–08 season, Scott had his first winning season as the Hornets head coach. They had a winning percentage of .683 with a record of 56–26. They became Southwest Division champions and finished 2nd overall in the Western Conference. The Hornets clinched the Southwest Division title in their win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Hornets had a 30–11 home record and a 26–15 road record and clinched the second seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Hornets won their first round series against the Dallas Mavericks, posting a 4–1 record for the series. They would go on to face the defending Champion San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals. An unusual trend of home court blow outs would mark the series until the deciding game 7 when the veteran Spurs would pull out a gutsy 91–82 win on the Hornets rowdy home court. The win marked the 100th playoff victory for Spurs coach, Greg Popovich.

Byron Scott was named the head coach of the 2008 Western Conference All-Star team, and a few months after, he was awarded the 2007–2008 NBA coach of the year award. Due to his success the Hornets awarded Scott with a two year extension.

Scott was relieved from his head coaching duties for the Hornets on November 12, 2009.[2]

Personal life

Scott's non-profit organization, The Byron Scott Children’s Fund, has raised more than $3 million over the past decade, with the proceeds going to various children’s charities. Scott has recently served as a studio analyst for ABC's NBA telecasts.

Scott and his wife, Anita, have three children, Thomas, Londen and Daron.

Coaching record

Regular season   G Games coached   W Games won   L Games lost
Post season  PG  Games coached  PW  Games won  PL  Games lost
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL Result
NJN 2000–01 82 26 56 .317 6th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NJN 2001–02 82 52 30 .634 1st in Atlantic 20 11 9 Lost in NBA Finals
NJN 2002–03 82 49 33 .598 1st in Atlantic 20 14 6 Lost in NBA Finals
NJN 2003–04 42 22 20 .524 (fired)
NOH 2004–05 82 18 64 .220 5th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
NOH 2005–06 82 38 44 .463 4th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
NOH 2006–07 82 39 43 .476 4th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
NOH 2007–08 82 56 26 .683 1st in Southwest 12 7 5 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
NOH 2008–09 82 49 33 .598 4th in Southwest 5 1 4 Lost in First Round
NOH 2009–10 9 3 6 .333 (fired)
Career 707 352 355 .498 57 33 24


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