Geoff Huston

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Geoff Huston
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Position: Guard
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 175
Nationality: American
Born: 11/8/57
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Draft: 1979 (3rd Rd.)
Drafted By: New York Knicks
College: Texas Tech ('79)
NBA Career: 1980-1987
Mavs Tenure: 1980

Geoff Huston (born November 8, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York) was an original Dallas Maverick obtained in the NBA expansion draft from the New York Knicks.

Huston attended Texas Tech University, graduating in 1979, where he finished as all-time playmaker in Red Raiders history with 306 career assists. He saw action at both shooting and point gaurd as a three year starter at Tech. He still ranks third all-time at Texas Tech in both assists and steals.

He was drafted in the third round by the Knicks in the 1979 NBA draft.

"My fondest memory has to be when the Knicks drafted me," Huston said. I am born and raised in New York so it was a dream come true being drafted by my hometown team.

With New York, he averaged 3.1 points per game and 2.2 assists per game.

After his rookie season, the Knicks exposed Huston to the NBA expansion draft used to stock the Dallas Mavericks.

While with the Mavericks, Huston averaged 16.1 points per game and nearly five assists. A heady ballplayer who liked to take charge of the court, Huston could penetrate well and was a good ball handler. He was an agile defender who had the ability to keep up with even the speediest gaurds in the league and was a proven passer.

He joined Jerome Whitehead, Abdul Jeelani, Tom LaGarde and Winford Boynes in the starting lineup for Dallas' first regular season game against the San Antonio Spurs on October 11, 1980.

On February 7, 1981, the Mavs traded Huston and a 1983 third-round draft choice to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Chad Kinch and Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 1985.

With Cleveland in 1981-1982, Huston finished sixth in the NBA with 590 assists. He played for the Cavaliers until 1985 finishing his career with stints in Golden State, playing in all 82 games for the Warriors in 1985-1986 and with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Looking back on his career Huston named Magic Johnson as the hardest player for him to defend and Joe Dumars as the player who was the toughest defending him.

Huston loved working with kids and was involved with the Big Brother and Fellowship of the Christian Athletes programs. Today he is the Director of St. Mary's Recreation Center in the South Bronx.

Asked recently what advice he would give to today's youth, Huston said, "My advice would be to take advantage of all the educational opportunities available to you, because an education is the key to a brighter future."