Mike Woodson

Mike Woodson

Woodson coaching the Hawks in the 2008 NBA playoffs.
Los Angeles Clippers
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1958-03-24) March 24, 1958
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Broad Ripple
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
College Indiana (1976–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 1980–1990
Position Guard / Forward
Number 44, 42, 2
Coaching career 1996–present
Career history
As player:
19801981 New York Knicks
1982 New Jersey Nets
19821986 Kansas City / Sacramento Kings
19861988 Los Angeles Clippers
19881990 Houston Rockets
1991 Cleveland Cavaliers
As coach:
19961999 Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
19992001 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
20012003 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
20032004 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
20042010 Atlanta Hawks
2011–2012 New York Knicks (assistant)
20122014 New York Knicks
2014–present Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 10,981 (14.0 ppg)
Rebounds 1,838 (2.3 rpg)
Assists 1,822 (2.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Dean "Mike" Woodson (born March 24, 1958) is a former American basketball player and coach who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA.

Playing career

Early life and prep career

Growing up in Indiana, Woodson felt the Hoosier Hysteria that permeated the state helped prepare him for a career in basketball. He said, "Every yard had courts, little basketball hoops in the yard. If you didn't have it, you had neighbors two doors down that had it. You had parks in every area of town where you could go get a pickup game. Had rec centers where you could go play. It was a place to go learn your craft."[1] He was also able to practice with a large number of talented basketball players in the Indianapolis area, including professionals such as George McGinnis, Roger Brown, and Rick Mount. According to Woodson, playing in Indiana meant "you had to be able to pass, and shoot, and dribble, and play without the basketball, you know, the motion offense. That was Indiana basketball. And Bob Knight is the one who really instilled a lot of the fundamentals and how high school coaches taught their teams."[1]

Indiana University

Woodson elected to play college basketball for Bob Knight and the Indiana University Hoosiers. During one recruiting visit by Knight where Woodson's high school coach, his mother, and his pastor were all present, Knight got into a heated exchange because Woodson's high school coach was not convinced Woodson would fit into Indiana's system.[1] However, according to Woodson, "I wanted to go somewhere where I could play, and where I knew I could get a great education, and my family didn't have to travel far to see me. So it was perfect. And I thought I was playing for the best coach in the country at that time."[1]

In Woodson's junior year, the 1978–79 season, he was the leading scorer on the Hoosier team that won the 1979 NIT Tournament. The 1979–80 Hoosiers, led by Woodson and Isiah Thomas, won the Big Ten championship and advanced to the 1980 Sweet Sixteen. Woodson finished his career at Indiana with 2,062 points.


New York Knicks

Woodson was selected 12th overall by the New York Knicks in the 1980 NBA draft and played in the league from 1980 until 1991. He spent two years in New York, before being traded to the New Jersey Nets.

New Jersey Nets

After playing seven games with the Nets, he was again traded to the Kansas City Kings.

Kansas City/Sacramento Kings

He enjoyed great success with the Kings, leading the team with 18.2 points per contest during a 1983 playoff run. He averaged 12.2 points over his career with the Kings (moving with the team to Sacramento).

End of career

After success with that franchise, he finished his career by moving between several teams, making contributions in New Jersey, Los Angeles (with the Clippers), Houston, and Cleveland.

Coaching career

Assistant coach (1996–2004)

Woodson served three seasons as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks (1996–97 through 1998–99), Cleveland Cavaliers (1999–2000 through 2000–01), Philadelphia 76ers (2001–02 through 2002–03) and Detroit Pistons (2003–04). With the Pistons during the 2003–04 season he helped win an NBA Championship under head coach Larry Brown. Woodson was known for getting the most of defensive players, allowing teams coached by him and Brown to limit opponents to just under 42% shooting.

Atlanta Hawks (2004–2010)

For the 2004–05 season Woodson took over as a head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, a position previously held by Terry Stotts. During his tenure with the Hawks from 2004–05 through 2009–10 he compiled a 206-286 (.419) record. He guided the Hawks to the NBA Playoffs in each of his last three seasons (including 2007–08, ending Atlanta's eight-year Playoff drought), and into the Eastern Conference Semifinals in his last two seasons, compiling an overall Playoff mark of 11-18 (.379). The Hawks increased their win total in each of Woodson's six seasons in Atlanta, going from 13-69 in 2004–05 to 53-29 in 2009–10.

Woodson's 206 career wins are fourth-best in Hawks franchise history, trailing only Richie Guerin (327), Mike Fratello (324) and Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens (310). However, after the Hawks lost their second round playoff series with the Orlando Magic 0-4 in 2010, general manager Rick Sund announced that the team would not attempt to re-sign Woodson, whose contract expired on May 17, 2010.[2]

New York Knicks (2011–2014)

On August 29, 2011, the New York Knicks announced that Mike Woodson was hired as an assistant coach under head coach Mike D'Antoni. On March 14, 2012, Woodson was named interim head coach after D'Antoni's resignation.[3] Woodson was named the full-time head coach of the Knicks on May 25, 2012.[4] The Knicks ended the season strong under Mike Woodson, going 18-6 for an overall season record of 36-30, though they would lose 4-1 against the Miami Heat.

In the 2012–13 season the Knicks under Woodson compiled a record of 54-28 and secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference. They reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals, where they lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games.

The Knicks struggled to a 3-13 start in the 2013–2014 season and the team never fully recovered, finishing with a record of 37-45, and missing the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

On April 21, 2014, Woodson was fired from the New York Knicks head coaching position along with his entire coaching staff after two and a half seasons.[5]

Los Angeles Clippers (2014- )

On September 29, 2014, The Los Angeles Clippers officially announced that Woodson had been hired as an assistant coach.[6]

Personal life

Woodson and his wife Terri have two daughters, Alexis and Mariah, and both are volleyball players.[7]

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
Atlanta 2004–05 821369.1595th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Atlanta 2005–06 822656.3175th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Atlanta 2006–07 823052.3665th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Atlanta 2007–08 823745.4513rd in Southeast734.429 Lost in First Round
Atlanta 2008–09 824735.5802nd in Southeast1147.364 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Atlanta 2009–10 825329.6462nd in Southeast1147.364 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
New York 2011–12 24186.7502nd in Atlantic514.200 Lost in First Round
New York 2012–13 825428.6591st in Atlantic1266.500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
New York 2013–14 823745.4513rd in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Career 680315365.463 461828.391


  1. 1 2 3 4 Serby, Steve (21 March 2012). "Serby's Q & A with ... Mike Woodson". New York Post. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. Bloomberg.com: "Atlanta Hawks Fire Coach Mike Woodson After NBA Playoff Sweep by Orlando" Retrieved May 14, 2010
  3. Yahoo! Sports "Mike D’Antoni resigns as Knicks coach" Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  4. ESPN New York "Knicks extend coach Mike Woodson" Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  5. ESPN "Knicks Fire Entire Coaching Staff" Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  6. ESPN Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  7. NBA Coaching Bio
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