College - Arizona State
Longtime NBA center Alton Lister joins Mike Woodson's staff this season, with
an emphasis on coaching the team's big men.
played in 953 games for five teams over 16 seasons after being selected in the
first round of the 1981 Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition to the Bucks,
Lister spent time with the Seattle Sonics, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics
and Portland Trail Blazers, participating in postseason action in 11 of those 16
seasons. The 7-footer had his best season in 1986-87 when he totaled 11.6 ppg,
9.4 rpg and 2.4 bpg.
Over the last seven years, Lister served as the head basketball coach at Mesa
Community College (AZ), during which time 30 of his players moved on to play at
four-year colleges, with four currently playing professionally in Europe.
He has also gained coaching experience serving as one of the instructors at the
nationally-acclaimed Pete Newell's Big Camp in Las Vegas, the Reebok ABCD Camp
in Teaneck, NJ, the NBA Pre-Draft Camp and the Nike Desert Classic.
An All-State player and high school All-American at Woodrow Wilson High in
Dallas (TX), Lister was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1988. He went
on to play at San Jacinto Junior College where he led the team in rebounding and
again received All-American honors. As a senior at Arizona State, Lister and the
Sun Devils were the third-ranked team in the country, and four players on that
squad (including Lister, 21st overall) were chosen in the first round of the '81
Selected as a member of the 1980 USA Olympic basketball team, Lister and his
teammates were unable to participate in the Moscow Games when the United States
and five other countries refused to send its athletes to Moscow as a protest to
the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
Born October 1, 1958 in Dallas, Alton L. Lister is the parent of four children,
J. Ross, Alton Jr., Alexa and Amari.