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Derrick Samuel Alston (born August 20, 1972) is an American former basketball player currently working as an assistant coach for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League.

Derrick Alston
Derrick Alston 2014.jpg
Alston in 2014
Westchester Knicks
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1972-08-20) August 20, 1972 (age 46)
The Bronx, New York
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolHoboken (Hoboken, New Jersey)
CollegeDuquesne (1990–1994)
NBA draft1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1994–2012
PositionPower forward / Center
Number21, 45
Coaching career2012–present
Career history
As player:
19941996Philadelphia 76ers
1996Atlanta Hawks
1996–1997Efes Pilsen
1997–1998TDK Manresa
1998–2000FC Barcelona
2000–2002Pamesa Valencia
2002–2003Real Madrid
2005–2006BCM Gravelines
2006Ural Great
2006–2007Türk Telekom
2007–2008New Zealand Breakers
2008–2009Libertad de Sunchales
2009–2010Boca Juniors
2010La Unión de Formosa
2011–2012Boca Juniors
As coach:
2012–2015Houston Rockets (assistant)
2015–presentWestchester Knicks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at


Early lifeEdit

Born in The Bronx, New York, Alston played basketball at Hoboken High School in Hoboken, New Jersey.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Alston, a power forward/center from Duquesne University, started off his professional career when he was selected 33rd overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers for whom he played two seasons. He then played 2 games for the Atlanta Hawks in late 1996 before taking his game overseas.

Joining the New Zealand Breakers mid-season 2007-08, Alston made an immediate impact. Statwise, he reached the top 20 in the league for FG%, shooting at 56.0%, and offensive rebounds, while averaging 13.8 ppg and being instrumental in helping the Breakers reach the playoffs for the first time in club history.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring, in 2012, Alston joined the staff of the Houston Rockets and served as their Player Development Coach for two seasons 2012-2015.[2] On October 27, 2015 he was hired by the Westchester Knicks to be an assistant coach.[3]

In August 2014, Alston traveled to the Philippines as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. In this function, he worked with Alison Feaster and Erik Spoelstra to conduct basketball clinics and events for more than 375 youth from underserved areas. In so doing, Alston helped contribute to SportsUnited's mission to advance the status of women and girls around the world and to show support to an important regional partner.[4]


  1. ^ Brennan, John. "ALL-STAR EFFORTS CARRY NETS", The Record (Bergen County), January 14, 1995. Accessed August 12, 2008. "Derrick Alston, a second-round draft choice by the 76ers out of Duquesne, is a Hoboken High School graduate."
  3. ^ "Westchester Knicks hire Coby Karl, Derrick Alston as assistants". October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Day 5 of 6: WHO IS THIS NBA ICON? Miami... - U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines | Facebook". Retrieved 2016-05-01.

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