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Sean Michael Elliott (born February 2, 1968) is a retired Americanmarker professional basketball player in the NBA.


Early life

Elliott was born in Tucson, Arizonamarker and was youngest of three boys. He was a very intelligent boy growing up and attended the G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) program at Brichta Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. He played high school basketball at Cholla High School in Tucson, Arizona, and after graduating in 1986, played college basketball at the University of Arizonamarker. Under the tutelage of Lute Olson, Elliott was selected as a consensus all American during his junior and senior years. After an exceptional senior season, Elliot won the Wooden Award.

He played for the US national team in the 1986 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.

NBA career

Elliott was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round in 1989 NBA Draft under Coach Larry Brown, and spent the majority of his career with the Spurs. Elliott spent the 1993–94 with the Detroit Pistons. Elliott scored a career-high 41 points against the Dallas Mavericks on December 18, 1992.

Elliott was an instrumental part of the Spurs' successful NBA title quest in 1999. In Game 2 of the 1999 Western Conference Finals, he hit a 21-foot shot against the Portland Trail Blazers giving the Spurs a one-point lead with 9 seconds left to play in regulation. The shot was called "Memorial Day Miracle" because of its improbability. The pass was nearly stolen by Blazer Stacey Augmon, and Elliott caught the ball within an inch of the sideline (narrowly avoiding going out of bounds), and had to stay on his tiptoes rather than planting his feet. When Elliot released the ball, it just avoided the outstretched arms of six-foot-ten opponent Rasheed Wallace. This play shifted the momentum of the series to the Spurs.

Bout with a kidney disease

Shortly after the championship run, Elliott announced that he had played despite having a kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and that he would require a transplant. He underwent surgery on August 16 of that year, receiving a kidney from his older brother, Noel. On March 13, 2000, Elliott became the first player to return after a kidney transplant, in a game against the Atlanta Hawks. He announced his retirement in 2001.


He finished his career averaging 14.2 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game. Elliott is the all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (563) and attempted (1,485). He is also the only player in Spurs history to rank among the franchise's top ten in six different statistical categories: games played (third, 669), points (fourth, 9,659), rebounds (sixth, 2,941), assists (seventh, 1,700), steals (eighth, 522), and blocks (ninth, 257).

After retiring, Elliott was basketball analyst for The NBA on NBC and, during the 2003–2004 season, for ABC Sports and ESPN. He left that position for the 2004–2005 season and became the color commentator for the Spurs' local broadcasting.

On March 6, 2005, his #32 jersey was retired and hung in the rafters of the AT&T Centermarker.


  1. 1986 USA Basketball
  2. This could be considered the greatest shot in NBA history.

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