Howard Eisley (born December 4, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan) was obtained by the Mavericks, from Utah, as part of a four-team trade on August 16, 2000.
Eisley attended Boston College where he was a four-year starter and saw his scoring average rise each season from 9.9 ppg his freshman year to 18.0 ppg his senior season. He was selected All-Big East second team his junior and senior seasons and helped lead B.C. to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in 1994. He led the Eagles in assists all four seasons and started every game during his 126-game career.
Drafted in the second round (30th overall) of the 1994 NBA draft by Minnesota, Eisley appeared in 34 games his rookie season for the Wolves before being traded to San Antonio where he saw action in an additional 15 contests. The following season found him in Utah where he settled in for the next five seasons as a backup to John Stockton and helped lead the Jazz to the playoffs in four of those five seasons, including two NBA Western Conference titles.
A very durable player, the 6'2 guard played in every game in both the '96-'97 and '97-'98 campaigns. It was during the 1998 playoffs that Eisley was involved in one of the more controversial plays of the NBA Championships. During game six of the Finals against Chicago, referee Dick Bavetta disallowed an Eisley three-point field goal that replays clearly showed had left his hands with one second left on the clock. The call ultimately had an impact as the Bulls won that game by less than three points.
He played two more seasons in Utah before being dealt to Dallas as part of a four-team trade. With the Mavs, Eisley appeared in 82 games (plus nine playoff games) averaging 9.0 points in a career-best 29.6 minutes-per-game. After one season he was dealt to New York for guard Mugsy Bogues on August 10, 2001.
He appeared with five teams over the next three seasons including the Knicks, Phoenix and a return stint with Utah before finishing his professional career during the 2005-2006 season with Denver and the L.A. Clippers.
Eisley was inducted into the Boston College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.