John Starks | 9
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 PPG 4.4
 RPG 1.0
 APG 1.1
Position:  G
Born: 08/10/65
Height: 6-5 /  1,96
Weight: 190  lbs. / 86,2  kg.
College: Oklahoma State '88
Career Highlights
  • Hit his 1,000th career three-pointer, totaling a team-high 22 points, against the Seattle SuperSonics on 2/10/99
  • Ranked 13th in NBA in three pointers (78) in 1999
  • Closed the 1997-98 season as the Knicks' all-time franchise leader in three-pointers made (982) and attempted (2,846) and ranks 5th in steals (711) and 7th in assists (2,404)
  • Totaled 16 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds, in his first start of the 1997-98 season, against the Atlanta Hawks on 3/20/98
  • Hit a Knicks' franchise-record 9 three-pointers in 12 attempts, posting a team-high 32 points and 4 assists, against the Milwaukee Bucks on 1/29/98
  • Registered a 1997-98 season-high 34 points, hitting 6-of-8 three-pointers, and 3 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks on 1/13/98
  • Won the 1996-97 NBA Sixth Man Award, averaging 13.8 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2.7 rpg
  • Established Knicks franchise single-season records in 1994-95 for most three-pointers made (217) and attempted (611)
  • Shares the NBA Playoffs record for most three-pointers in a half, with 6 against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals
  • Holds the NBA Finals record for most three-pointers attempted in a series, with 50 against the Houston Rockets in the 1994 NBA Finals
  • Has appeared in 93 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 14.5 ppg, 4.2 apg and 2.9 rpg
  • Participated in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, scoring 9 points in 20 minutes
  • Matched an NBA record by hitting 7 three-pointers in one half against the Miami Heat on 11/22/93
  • Named to the 1992-93 NBA All-Defensive Second Team

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Saw action in 75 of 82 games, averaging 9.3 points , shooting .398 from the field (35,2% from three point range) and 80.2% from the free throw line...Missed the November 18th and 20th games while attending to family matters, wa suspended for the December 28th game vs. Portland for violations of team rules and missed the January 5th and 6th games for team rules violations...He missed the February 3rd and 7th game due to the death of his mother...Started the first 64 games of the season that he played, but played his last 11 off of the bench...Scored a season-high 21 points vs. the Lakers on January 13 and matched that total at Sacramento on March 11, 2001...Registered double-figure scoring in 27 games, with 13 15+ point contests and led the tea in scoring twice...Scored the 10,000th point of his career at Charlotte on December 2, 2000...Connected on 5-6 from 3-point range vs. his former New York Knicks club en route to a 16-point preformance...Averaged 2.3 assists with a season-high 7 twice (vs. Phoenix on January 21 and vs. Seattle on March 7)...Grabbed 2 rebounds per contest, with a season high 8 vs. Los Angeles on January 13 and pulled down his 2,000th career rebound at Miami on 12/1/00.

Netted 17 points in an 85-81 loss to Vancouver on 2/22 Traded to Chicago from Golden State on 2/16, along with a first-round draft pick as part of a three-way trade also involving Philadelphia. The Bulls also received Bruce Bowen from Philadelphia. Golden State received Larry Hughes and Billy Owens from Philadelphia. The Sixers received Toni Kukoc from Chicago Notched 27 points in a 105-83 loss to San Antonio on 12/27 Recorded 20 points and 12 assists in a 111-99 win over Sacramento on 12/20 Posted 21 points and 10 assists in a 102-97 win over Miami on 12/14 Notched a game-high 27 points (4-7 3 FG) and dished 6 assists in a 104-76 win in Minnesota on 12/11 Tallied a team-high 28 points (5-9 3 FG) and dished 9 assists in a 113-106 loss in Charlotte on 12/8 Scored a game-high 22 points (3-5 3 FG) in a 103-93 victory in Vancouver on 11/12

Registered a game-high 27 points (11-19 FG, 5-8 3FG), 6 rebounds and 5 assists against the Utah Jazz on 4/29 Posted a game-high 25 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds in a 114-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on 4/26 Totaled a team-high 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals against the L.A. Lakers on 4/20 Recorded team-highs of 20 points and 6 assists in a 90-78 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on 3/19 Registered team-highs of 18 points and 10 assists, grabbed 7 rebounds and notched 3 steals in a 94-89 win over the L.A. Clippers on 2/23 Posted 16 points, a career-high 10 rebounds, a game-high 7 assists and 3 steals in an 84-79 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on 2/19 Hit his 1,000th career three-pointer, totaling a team-high 22 points, against the Seattle SuperSonics on 2/10 Recorded 20 points, a game-high 12 assists and 5 rebounds against the Dallas Mavericks on 2/7

Registered 26 points, a team-high 9 assists and 3 rebounds against the Utah Jazz on 3/22 Made his first start of the season, totaling 16 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds, in a 109-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on 3/20 Recorded a game-high 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a 92-74 victory over the Houston Rockets on 2/22 Scored a game-high 26 points (11-19 FG) in a 99-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on 2/10 Hit a Knicks' franchise-record 9-of-12 three-pointers, posting a team-high 32 points and 4 assists, against the Milwaukee Bucks on 1/29 Registered a season-high 34 points, hitting 6-of-8 three-pointers, and 3 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks on 1/13 Totaled a team-high 24 points (8-14 FG, 4-6 3FG, 4-5 FT) and 4 assists, in 25 minutes, against the Washington Wizards on 1/5 Recorded a game-high 28 points (10-15 FG), 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a 95-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on 12/13 Scored a game-high 27 points, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers, in a 90-79 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on 12/6 Posted a season-high 29 points and 4 steals, in 30 minutes, against the Houston Rockets on 11/18 Registered 19 points, 7 assists and 3 steals in a 105-75 victory over the Phoenix Suns on 11/6 Totaled 20 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a 97-85 win over the Charlotte Hornets on 10/31

Back on the bench following the acquisition of Allan Houston, Starks took to the task of providing the Knicks with instant offense and was selected as the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 13.8 points, 2.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.17 steals in just 26.5 minutes per game, ranking third on the team in scoring, assists and steals. Starks led the Knicks with 150 three-pointers and 407 attempts, and his .369 percentage was the best since his rookie year of 1988-89, when he shot .385 on 10-for-26. Starks sank a season-high seven three-pointers and scored 26 points in a 102-97 win at Atlanta on April 5. Starks scored 20+ points 14 times, nothing a season-high 31 points in a 110-107 overtime loss at Indiana on April 14. His three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Knicks a 95-94 win over the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 18, a game in which he scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. He led the Knicks in scoring 12 times and assists nine times. He appeared in 77 games, all but one of them off the bench. Starks appeared in nine playoff games, one as a starter, and averaged 14.0 ppg to rank third on the team. He shot 13-for-41 from three-point range, ranking second on the team in three-pointers made and attempted. He scored 21 points in Game 4 against Miami and again in Game 5, then had 15 points and 11 rebounds in Game 6 before having to sit out Game 7 under a suspension for fighting.

It was a disappointing season for Starks, who suffered through a midseason slump that saw him average just 8.3 points per game in January and 10.9 ppg in February while shooting a combined 40 percent from the field during that period. Starks averaged 12.6 points and 3.9 assists in 30.8 minutes per game for the season, his lowest figure since 1990-91, his first season as a Knick and his second in the NBA. He shot .443 from the field and .361 from three-point range, where he continued to be one of the most prolific shooters in the NBA, sinking 143 treys in 396 attempts. He led the Knicks in scoring nine times and assists 25 times and tied his career high with 103 steals. After starting each of the season's first 42 games, Starks was moved to the bench on Feb. 1 and scored 11 points in his first game in a reserve role. He came off the bench for a total of 10 games, including eight in a row from Feb. 26 to March 13, and averaged 10.6 ppg as a reserve. With Hubert Davis sidelined by a knee injury, Starks was reinserted into the starting lineup against Philadelphia on March 16 and scored 20 points in that contest. He started every game but one for the remainder of the season, getting 19 points against Indiana on March 20, 21 points at Houston on March 26 and a season-high 37 points on 14-for-24 shooting, including 7-for-16 from downtown, at Toronto on April 6. Starks started all eight playoff games and averaged 16.0 points and 4.1 assists in 39.3 minutes per game, shooting 21-for-45 on three-pointers and setting an NBA playoff record for a three-game series with 14 treys against Cleveland.

Starks continued to bomb away from three-point range, and when the dust settled, he had become the first player in NBA history to attempt more than 600 three pointers and sink more than 200 in a season. His total of 217 three-pointers was 25 more than Dan Majerle's previous mark set in 1993-94, and Starks easily eclipsed the New York Knicks' old single-season record of 118 set in 1988-89 by Trent Tucker. Starks also became the franchise's career leader in three-pointers made, a feat he accomplished in only five seasons. As always, Starks was incredibly streaky. In one 11-game drought spanning late November and the first half of December he shot only .302 from the field. He endured a five-game span in February in which he posted a field-goal percentage of only .277, but he also put together hot strings that included three consecutive games in mid-January in which he averaged 25.0 points as he drained three-pointers at a .654 rate. During a six-game outburst in mid-March he averaged 17.8 points and shot .513 from three-point range. For the season, he averaged 15.3 points and shot .395 from the field and .355 from beyond the arc. He also chipped in with 5.1 assists and 1.15 steals per game. The Knicks finished the regular season in second place in the Atlantic Division after posting a 55-27 record. They got by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs in four games. Starks averaged 13.0 points against the Cavs, then had a better series against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In Game 1 he logged team highs with 21 points and 7 assists. Game 3 saw him strike for 6 of 7 three-pointers in the first half on the way to a 23-point performance. He finished the series with averages of 17.1 points and 5.4 assists per game, and he stroked in three-pointers at a .413 clip. The Knicks fell in seven games.

Despite an injury-shortened regular season, Starks made his NBA All-Star Game debut in 1994, joining teammates Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley on the Eastern Conference squad. Before a knee injury sidelined him in March, Starks appeared in 59 regular-season games (starting 54) and averaged 19.0 points and 5.9 assists. He led the team in assists and ranked second in scoring to Patrick Ewing. In a game against the Hawks at Atlanta on March 9, Starks tore cartilage in his left knee. He underwent surgery less than a week later and missed the remainder of the regular season. Before the injury Starks racked up 113 three-point field goals, only 5 short of Trent Tucker's club record for a season. Although a step slower, Starks returned to health for the playoffs and led the Knicks all the way to the NBA Finals. He was the team's second-leading scorer in the postseason, averaging 14.6 points, but despite his excellent all-around campaign he may best be remembered for a woeful shooting performance in Game 7 of the Finals against the Houston Rockets. Starks, who had scored 27 points in Game 6, hit on only 2 of his 18 attempts from the field, missing all 11 of his three-point attempts as the Rockets took the game and the championship.

The Knicks let Gerald Wilkins go to free agency but traded for veteran Rolando Blackman and drafted Hubert Davis. Starks split time with Blackman and Davis at the off guard position but still finished as New York's second-leading scorer with 17.5 points per game. A vital cog on the league's best defensive team, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team at season's end. Starks finished fourth in the voting for the NBA Most Improved Player Award after increasing his output in nearly every category. He canned 108 three-pointers for the season, which ranked as the second-highest total in Knicks history behind Trent Tucker's 118 in 1988-89. Starks started 51 times in his 80 appearances, and as a starter he averaged 18.5 points and 5.7 assists. He rained in a career-high 39 points and added 13 assists against the Charlotte Hornets on February 17, then had a career-high 14 assists on March 26 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and set their sights on the franchise's first NBA title since 1973. For the fourth straight season, however, the Knicks fell to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Playoffs, this time in a six-game Eastern Conference Finals. Starks started all 15 postseason games and averaged 16.5 points and 6.4 assists.

Starks began to blossom under first-year coach Pat Riley and emerged as one of the NBA's outstanding sixth men. He came off the bench in all 82 contests and scored 13.9 points per game, second best on the Knicks behind Patrick Ewing (24.0 ppg). The fiery third-year guard staked his claim as one of the league's most dangerous three-point shooters, hitting 94 of 270 attempts for a .348 percentage. At the time, his 94 treys marked the fourth-highest single-season total in Knicks history. During one sizzling performance, Starks hit a club-record 8 three-pointers in a game against the Chicago Bulls on March 31. Starks began to develop a cult following as the author of spectacular plays, resulting in an invitation to compete in the Slam-Dunk Championship at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando. He finished fourth in the competition, trailing winner Cedric Ceballos as well as Larry Johnson and Nick Anderson. The Knicks advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 1992 and nearly dethroned the Chicago Bulls. Starks averaged 12.1 points in 12 postseason games.

Played for the Memphis Rockers of the World Basketball League before signing signing as a free agent with the New Yor Knicks prior to training camp....Made the Knicks' roster and became a valuable contributor as a backup to Gerald Wilkins at off guard....Began the season on the injured list with a sprained right knee but returned to make 61 appearances, averaging 7.6 points in 19.2 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 19 times and had three games of 20 or more points, including a season-high 25 at the New Jersey Nets on March 30....Played sparingly in the postseason, scoring six points in 28 minutes as the Knicks were swept by the Chicago Bulls in the first round.

Signed with the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets in the Continental Basketball Assocication (CBA) after the Golden State Warriors waived him following the 1988-89 season....Blossomed into a CBA All-Star....Averaged 21.7 ppg, 5.5 apg, and 5.3 rpg in 46 games.

Signed by the Warriors on 9/29/88....Remained on their roster for the entire season....Appeared in only 36 games, averaging 4.1 ppg in 8.8 mpg....Warriors advanced to the playoffs, but left Starks off their playoff roster.

Played only one year of high school basketball, then went to four colleges in four years, finally finishing at Oklahoma State in 1988....Averaged 15.4 ppg as a senior, shooting .497 from the field and .380 (40-of-108) from three-point range...Passed over in the 1988 NBA Draft.


  • Full name is John Levell Starks
  • John and his wife Jacqueline have three children, John, Jr., Chelsea and Tiara
  • Hosted a youth basketball camp in the summer of 1998
  • Enjoys listening to jazz and playing tennis
  • Oversaw the efforts of the John Starks Foundation in hometown of Tulsa and was active in the Boys Brotherhood republic on Manhattan's Lower East Side
  • Honored in a downtown parade in Tulsa on "John Starks Day" on July 4, 1994