|Draft:||1987 (2nd Rd.)|
|Mavs Tenure:||1988-1989, 1990-1991|
Steve Alford (born November 23, 1964 in Franklin, Indiana) was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1987 NBA draft.
Alford won Indiana's coveted "Mr. Basketball" award in 1983 after averaging 37.2 points per game as a senior at New Castle High School in New Castle, Indiana. He was also named national prep player of the year that season by the National High School Athletic Coaches.
Having attended one of Coach Bob Knight's basketball camps at nine years of age, Alford elected to attend Indiana University after his successful high school career. He went on to become widely accepted as one of the greatest college basketball players in history
Alford was the first player in Hoosiers' history to be named team MVP all four seasons he was there. Following his freshman season, in which he averaged 15.5 ppg, he teamed with future Mavericks teammate Sam Perkins on the 1984 gold medal-winning Olympic team, averaging 10.3 points per game.
As a sophomore in 1984-1985, his scoring average increased to 18.1 ppg as he led Indiana to the NIT tournament. He was selected to the all-tournament team and was named All-Big 10 in what would be the first of three consecutive years he received that award.
The next season, the 6'2 guard saw his average increase, yet again, to 22.5 ppg as he attained All-American status.
It was Alford's senior season however, when everything came together. Individually he was named Big 10 MVP and was a first-team All-American. More importantly however, he led Indiana to the NCAA basketball championship defeating Syracuse in the championship game.
Alford graduated as Indiana University's all-time leading scorer with 2,438. The accolades continued well after his playing career ended with the Hoosiers as in February of 1989 he was named one of the top 10 NCAA basketball players of the '80 and later named, by the same publication, to the Legends of College Basketball list of the top 100 players in division one NCAA basketball. He came in at number 35.
His alma mater honored Alford in 1997 inducting him to the Indiana University Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2001 selecting him as one of 15 members of the Hoosiers' All-Century basketball team.
Taken by Dallas with the 26th overall selection in 1987, he played one and a half seasons with the Mavs before seeing a half a season with the Golden State Warriors before returning to Dallas for two seasons.
While with the Mavs, Alford never started a game, in 103 total games, but still managed to average 9.7 minutes and just under five points per contest. He saw his most extensive action in the first six games of his rookie season, when Brad Davis was on the injured list with a sprained ankle, and averaged 3.5 points per game.
Following his playing career, Alford moved into the coaching ranks beginning with division-III Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. He led the school to three consecutive conference titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and was named the league's Coach of the Year all three seasons.
Alford went on to coach Southwest Missouri State leading the Bears to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1999 before moving to the University of Iowa where he won two Big 10 conference titles during his eight years with the Hawkeyes.
From SWMS, Alford moved to the University of New Mexico where in six seasons, he led the Lobos to three NIT tournament appearances and three NCAA tournament appearances. During his time there he won three Mountain West Coach of the Year honors and at the end of his third year signed a 10-year contract extention through the 2019-2012 season.
Nevertheless, bigger things came calling and on March 30, 2013, Alford was named head coach of the UCLA Bruins.