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Randy Wittman
Randy Wittman
Position(s) Shooting guard
Jersey #(s) 10, 14
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Born October 28, 1959 (1959-10-28) (age 50)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Career information
Year(s) 1983–1992
NBA Draft 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22

Selected by Washington Bullets

College Indiana
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     4,034
Rebounds     760
Assists     1,201
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
  • None

Randy Scott Wittman (born October 28, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a retired American basketball player, in the guard position, and former coach of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.


Playing career



6'6" Wittman played college basketball at Indiana University, winning an NCAA championship playing for Bobby Knight in 1981, and was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1983. He became a member of the university's Hall of Fame and was named to Indiana’s Silver Anniversary Basketball Team, in March 1996.


Wittman was selected by the Washington Bullets with the 22nd pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. However, he never played for the Bullets, his rights being traded to the Atlanta Hawks.

Wittman spent the early portion of his career with the Hawks, sharing backcourt with Glenn "Doc" Rivers and Anthony "Spud" Webb, and starting most of the games from 1985-88 (while averaging 12 points and 3.5 assists in those years combined).

After a small spell with the Sacramento Kings, he became a fringe player with the Indiana Pacers, retiring in 1991-92 after three unassuming years. For his career, Wittman averaged 7.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, shooting just over 50% from the field.

Coaching career

In 1992, Wittman began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach, first with the Pacers. He spent one season in Indianapolis and another with the Dallas Mavericks (and later with the Orlando Magic).

Subsequently, Wittman spent from 1994-99 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, in the same capacity. During that period, he helped in the development of Wolves' star forward Kevin Garnett. Wittman then served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for two seasons, (1999-2001), compiling a record of 62-102.

On January 23, 2007, Wittman became the head coach of the Timberwolves, succeeding Dwane Casey; he had already started the season as assistant to the former.

On December 8, 2008, club owner Glen Taylor fired Wittman after a 4-19 start, asking Kevin McHale to step in, in a complete change of the organization's structure, as the former Boston Celtics great had been Minnesota's vice-president of basketball operations since 1995.

Wittman is now an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards.

Personal life

His son Ryan Wittman stars for the Cornell Big Red basketball team; he helped lead the Big Red to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years during the 2007-08 season, and again led the Big Red into the NCAA Tournament in 2009.[1]

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
CLE 1999–00 82 32 50 .390 6th in Central Missed Playoffs
CLE 2000–01 82 30 52 .366 6th in Central Missed Playoffs
MIN 2006–07 42 12 30 .286 4th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
MIN 2007–08 82 22 60 .268 5th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
MIN 2008–09 19 4 15 .211
Career 318 101 217 .318


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Fratello
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach
Succeeded by
John Lucas
Preceded by
Dwane Casey
Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach
Succeeded by
Kevin McHale


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