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Walter McCarty
Evansville Purple Aces
Position Head coach
League Missouri Valley Conference
Personal information
Born (1974-02-01) February 1, 1974 (age 44)
Evansville, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school William Henry Harrison
(Evansville, Indiana)
College Kentucky (1993–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 1996–2006
Position Power forward / Small forward
Number 40, 0
Coaching career 2007–present
Career history
As player:
1996–1997 New York Knicks
19972005 Boston Celtics
2005 Phoenix Suns
2005–2006 Los Angeles Clippers
As coach:
2007–2010 Louisville (assistant)
2010–2011 Indiana Pacers (assistant)
20132018 Boston Celtics (assistant)
2018–present Evansville
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,056 (5.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,554 (2.6 rpg)
Assists 670 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

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.

Early life and college career[edit]

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 career[edit]

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 career[edit]

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 record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Evansville Purple Aces (Missouri Valley Conference) (2018–present)
2018–19 Evansville 0–0 0–0
Evansville: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 0–0 (–)

Personal life[edit]

McCarty currently[when?] lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts. 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.


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