Bill Garnett (born April 22, 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1882 NBA draft.
Garnett attended the University of Wyoming where he lettered all four years. His scoring percentage increased each year and he was a four-year starter for the Cowboys.
Wyoming won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference titles in Garnett's final two seasons and made appearances in the NCAA tournament both of those years. As the Cowboys' captain his senior year, Garnett led the WAC in scoring (18.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (.609) and was voted WAC Player-of-the-Year. He was voted to several All-American teams in 1981-1982 including the NBA Coaches' Team.
His name still appears in the top ten all-time of eight career Wyoming statistical categories including top five spots in rebounds and blocked shots.
The Mavericks selected Garnett with the fourth overall selection in 1982.
He appeared in 75 games for Dallas his rookie season averaging 6.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg. He finished the year second among NBA rookies in blocked shots (70), fourth in field goal percentage (.533) and sixth in rebounds (406). Individual highs that year included 15 points in December of 1982 against Detroit and 18 rebounds against Utah in January of 1983.
Garnett played one more season for the Mavs, appearing in 80 games, but his numbers fell to 5.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg.
On October 22, 1984, Garnett was traded along with Terence Stansbury to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a 1990 first-round draft pick. Garnett would spend the rest of his career (two seasons) as a Pacer where he posted nearly identical numbers before leaving the NBA after the 1986 season with a career average of 5.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 17 minutes per game.
He went on to play three seasons (1986-1989) for three different teams in the Italian Professional Basketball League.
The University of Wyoming honored Garnett in 2001 by inducting him into their athletics Hall of Fame. Three years later he was voted by Wyoming's fans onto the school's All-Century basketball team.
Today he lives in Golden, Colorado where he has worked at his father's water treatment facility in Denver.