Has played on six different teams (Minnesota, San Antonio, Utah, Dallas, New York, Phoenix) in his 10-year career and has the most NBA experience of anyone on the Suns roster... One of the NBA's most durable performers, has played the full schedule six times in his 10-year career... Minnesota selected Howard Eisley in the second round of the 1994 draft. Eisley played seven games in the CBA before finding his niche with the Utah Jazz, where he developed into a solid backup for John Stockton and contributed to two Western Conference championships. Eisley, whose high school teammates in Detroit included Jalen Rose and Voshon Leonard, was a four-year star at Boston College, averaging 12.9 points and 4.3 assists for his career. An All-Big East Second Team selection in his junior and senior seasons, he led his team in assists all four years. As a senior, he lead Boston College to the NCAA East Regional Finals, where he garnered East Regional All-Tournament honors.
Signed by the Jazz on November 3, 2004 as a free agent and saw action in 74 games, missing five games while on the injured list with Achilles tendinitis and registered three DNP-CDs…averaged 5.6 points, 3.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game…played in his 700th career game on December 12, 2004 at Portland… scored in double figures 10 times on the season, including a season-high 20 at Phoenix on February 14, 2005…also served up a season-high 11 assists for his only point/assist double-double of the year, while playing in a season-high 37 minutes in the February 14 game… tied a career-high with 8 free throws vs. Dallas on February 23, 2005, going 8-8 for the game… Scored his 5,000th career point vs. Minnesota on April 15, 2005… led the team in assists 19 times with his only other double-figure assist game coming at Boston on December 17, 2004…pulled down a season-high 8 rebounds vs. Charlotte on February 1, 2005, including a career-high 8 defensive rebounds…had a season-high three steals, three times and tied a career-high with two blocks on April 8, 2005… registered his 500th career steal on March 8, 2005 vs. Indiana… played his 15,000th career minute v. February 8, 2005.
Acquired by Phoenix on Jan. 5 from New York with Antonio McDyess, Charlie Ward, Maciej Lampe, the draft rights to Milos Vujanic, two first-round draft picks and cash for Stephon Marbury, Anfernee Hardaway and Cezary Trybanski... Averaged 7.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 21.4 minutes in 34 games with Phoenix... Averaged 6.7 points and 4.7 assists in 22.1 minutes in 33 games with New York... Underwent successful surgery to repair a right inguinal hernia injury on April 1 and missed the remainder of the regular season... Had Suns season-high 16 points at Sacramento on Feb. 29... Scored season-high 26 points on Dec. 6 at Golden State as a member of the Knicks... Came off the bench for the first seven games for the Knicks and inserted into the starting lineup on Nov. 14 vs. New Jersey for 23 straight games... In 23 starts with New York, averaged 8.1 points and 5.3 assists in 24.8 minutes... Recorded his eighth and ninth career point-assist double-doubles on Dec. 5 at Portland and Dec. 6 at Golden State.
Averaged career-highs in points (8.6 ppg), assists (4.2 apg), rebounds (2.1 rpg), steals (.72 spg) and minutes (25.6 mpg) in 82 contests. Led Jazz in assists 11 times, in minutes seven times and in points twice. Extended his consecutive games played streak to 361 games, the third-longest active streak in the NBA. Played in every game for the fourth consecutive season. Scored career-high 23 points in 34 minutes vs. Cleveland (3/16/00). Scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning 3-point field goal with :01.1 remaining vs. Phoenix (3/10/00). Registered his 1,000th career assist in the first quarter vs. Minnesota on 11/19/00.
Scored in double-figures in 15 games Totaled 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-2 3FG) and 5 assists against the Sacramento Kings on 3/30 Scored 13 consecutive points in the 2nd half, posting 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-3 3FG), a career-high 10 rebounds and 5 assists, in a 99-72 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on 3/13 Registered 15 points (5-9 FG, 2-2 3FG, 3-3 FT) and 4 assists in a 90-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on 3/15 Recorded 12 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in an 80-65 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on 2/26 Totaled 11 points (4-7 FG), a game-high 7 assists and 4 rebounds in a 110-80 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on 2/20 Posted 15 points (7-9 FG) and 6 assists in a 120-112 victory over the Sacramento Kings on 2/15.
Totaled 18 points (8-11 FG) and 4 assists against the L.A. Lakers on 4/19 Recorded 13 points, a team-high 10 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in a 102-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on 4/17 Registered a career-high 22 points (9-11 FG), 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a 126-109 victory over the L.A. Clippers on 4/10 Posted 14 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a 101-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on 1/25 Totaled 13 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in a 101-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on 12/22 Recorded 10 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in a 103-95 victory over the Miami Heat on 12/16 Registered 12 points, 7 assists and 3 steals in a 100-95 victory over the New Jersey Nets on 12/1 Posted 13 points and a team-high 10 assists in a 133-124 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on 11/24 Totaled 17 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds against the Sacramento Kings on 11/20 Recorded 12 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds against the L.A. Lakers on 11/18 Scored 18 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 FT) and added 6 assists in a 110-104 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on 11/14 Registered 13 points and 6 assists against the L.A. Lakers on 10/31.
One year out of the CBA, Eisley played a significant role for the Utah Jazz as they won 64 games and reached the NBA Finals. When John Stockton went to the bench late in the first quarter under coach Jerry Sloan's player rotation system, Eisley came in and invariably kept the pressure on opponents with his slashing drives to the basket. Eisley played in all 82 games as a reserve, averaging 4.5 points and 2.4 assists in 13.2 minutes per game. Those modest numbers belie his importance to the team, however, as he invariably was able to help Utah hold the fort while the veteran Stockton got some time on the bench. Eisley scored in double figures three times, with a season-high 14 points in a 101-68 rout of Orlando on Dec. 14. He handed out a career-high nine assists twice, in a 111-89 victory over Washington on Feb. 3 and a 118-87 romp over Sacramento on April 2. The latter also was one of two games in which he had a career-high three steals. Eisley kept up his fine play under the microscope of the playoffs, averaging 5.6 points and 2.0 assists in 10.9 minutes per game. He had 10 points in 10 minutes of Game 2 of the First Round series against the Clippers, 10 points and three assists in Game 3 against the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals and nine points in 10 minutes against the Bulls in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He also provided a valuable spark for the Jazz with two points and four assists in the first quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Eisley opened the year with the Rockford Lightning of the CBA and averaged 12.4 points in seven games before being resigned by the Jazz, who were seeking a backup point guard to play behind John Stockton. Eisley shot .552 from the field in his stay with Rockford and was leading the CBA in free throw percentage, having hit all 17 of his attempts. He appeared in 65 games for Utah after joining the club on Dec. 7 and averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 assists in 14.8 minutes per game. He shot .430 from the field and a solid .844 from the line, third-best on the team. He also contributed 14 three-pointers. Eisley scored a season-high 14 points at Houston on Jan. 15, and reached his season high of seven assists in the finale against Sacramento on April 20, a game in which he played a career-high 34 minutes. Eisley played in all 18 playoff games for Utah, averaging 2.9 points and 2.4 assists in 11.2 minutes per game and shooting .818 from the line, second-best on the club. His 44 assists ranked fourth on the team despite his limited playing time.
He started four times with the Minnesota TImberwolves and posted averages of 3.3 points and 2.3 assists in 14.6 minutes per game. A point guard with a .484 three-point percentage in his senior year in college, Eisley was just 8-of-32 (.250) from behind the arc for the Wolves, who were looking for a solid point guard after an injury to starter Micheal Williams. The San Antonio Spurs signed Eisley to the first of two 10-day contracts on February 26 and then inked him for the remainder of the season on March 18. Eisley appeared in 15 games for a total of 56 minutes, scoring 7 points and handing out 18 assists. He was released on April 14.