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Walter Lee McCarty (born February 1, 1974) is an American former basketball player, and current head coach with the University of Evansville. McCarty played for the NBA's New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Walter McCarty
Evansville Purple Aces
PositionHead coach
LeagueMissouri Valley Conference
Personal information
Born (1974-02-01) February 1, 1974 (age 45)
Evansville, Indiana
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilliam Henry Harrison
(Evansville, Indiana)
CollegeKentucky (1993–1996)
NBA draft1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1996–2006
PositionPower forward / Small forward
Number40, 0
Coaching career2007–present
Career history
As player:
1996–1997New York Knicks
19972005Boston Celtics
2005Phoenix Suns
2005–2006Los Angeles Clippers
As coach:
2007–2010Louisville (assistant)
2010–2011Indiana Pacers (assistant)
20132018Boston Celtics (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points3,056 (5.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,554 (2.6 rpg)
Assists670 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

Early life and college careerEdit

Born in Evansville, Indiana, the 6-foot, 10-inch (2.08 m) McCarty played college basketball at the University of Kentucky where he was a part of the team that won the NCAA championship in 1996. In 1994, McCarty's made three-pointer completed Kentucky's 31-point comeback over LSU—the biggest second-half rally in NCAA history. He was selected by the Knicks with the 19th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.

NBA careerEdit

McCarty played for the Knicks until October 1997, when he was traded to the Celtics. McCarty played in all 82 games that season, starting 64 of them. He also established career highs in virtually every category during this season. Over the next few years, he was one of Boston's top options off the bench, often making a key defensive play or three point shot. He became a fan favorite in Boston for his gutsy play, hustle, and penchant for making the big shot. He was also a favorite of Hall of Fame player and current announcer Tommy Heinsohn, who often exclaimed, "I love Walter!" after some of McCarty's plays.

In February 2005, McCarty was traded, along with an undisclosed amount of cash, to the Suns for a second-round pick as a result of the Celtics' youth movement. He signed with the Clippers in the offseason of 2005.

Coaching careerEdit

In June 2007, McCarty accepted an assistant coach job at the University of Louisville under head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, under whom he played at Kentucky and with the Celtics.[1]

In June 2010, McCarty was named as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers under Jim O'Brien, replacing Lester Conner.[2] Walter also played for O'Brien during his tenure with the Celtics.

In 2011, McCarty was let go by the Pacers when Frank Vogel took over as head coach.

In August 2013, McCarty joined the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 NBA season.[3]

On March 22, 2018, McCarty was hired as the head men's basketball coach in University of Evansville.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Evansville Purple Aces (Missouri Valley Conference) (2018–present)
2018–19 Evansville 11–21 5–13 10th
Evansville: 11–21 (.344) 5–13 (.278)
Total: 11–21 (.344)

Personal lifeEdit

McCarty currently[when?] lives in Evansville, Indiana. He appeared in the 1998 film He Got Game as the character "Mance". In 2003, McCarty released the CD Moment for Love, an R&B/soul album to generally positive reviews. He sang the National Anthem prior to All-Star Saturday Night on the eve of the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.


  1. ^ Ex-UK player McCarty joins Pitino
  2. ^ Wells, Mike (June 17, 2010). "Pacers add Walter McCarty to coaching staff". Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on June 20, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
  3. ^ McCarty joins Stevens' staff
  4. ^ UE agrees to terms with Walter McCarty to become Head Men’s Basketball Coach

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