|Born||June 10, 1959|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Austin-East (Knoxville, Tennessee)|
|College||Ole Miss (1977–1981)|
|NBA draft||1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||33, 20, 21|
|1992–1995||Wichita Falls Texans / Chicago Rockers|
|1995–1996||Quad City Thunder (assistant)|
|1996–2000||Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)|
|2000–2006||Sacramento Kings (assistant)|
|2007–2011||Houston Rockets (assistant)|
|2011–2013||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|2013–2016||Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)|
|2016–2019||Sacramento Kings (assistant)|
|2019–2020||Houston Rockets (assistant)|
|2021–present||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,397 (4.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,375 (2.7 rpg)|
|Assists||914 (1.7 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Elston Howard Turner Sr. (born June 10, 1959) is an American former professional basketball player who currently works as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
A 6'5" (1.96 m) shooting guard–small forward from the University of Mississippi, leading Ole Miss to its first ever NCAA Tournament in his senior year, Turner was selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the 1981 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, and went on to play in eight NBA seasons from 1981 to 1989, for the Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and the Chicago Bulls. He also coached and played in the CBA — as an assistant coach for the Quad City Thunder and as a player–coach for the Chicago Rockers. He also played professionally in Europe.
Turner later moved to the NBA, with the Sacramento Kings (six years) and the Portland Trail Blazers (four). In 2007, he rejoined Rick Adelman's staff at the Houston Rockets.
In May 2008, Turner was interviewed twice for the Phoenix Suns' head coaching position which had become vacant after Mike D'Antoni left. Ultimately, he was not hired.
In July 2009, Turner was interviewed for the vacant Minnesota Timberwolves head coaching position. Turner, along with Mark Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, was one of three finalists vying for the job, but Rambis was the Wolves' ultimate choice.
In May 2010, Turner was interviewed for both the Philadelphia 76ers' and the Chicago Bulls' vacant head coaching positions. They were eventually taken by Doug Collins and Tom Thibodeau, respectively. In June 2010, Turner was granted permission by the Rockets to talk to the L.A. Clippers about its vacant head coaching job.
In July 2011, Turner was interviewed for a defensive coordinator position for the Phoenix Suns along with the Milwaukee Bucks' coordinator Jim Boylan, the San Antonio Spurs' coordinator Don Newman, and current Golden State Warriors' coordinator Pete Myers. Turner signed a two-year contract, becoming the fifth assistant head coach for the Suns along with Bill Cartwright, Dan Majerle, Igor Kokoškov, and Noel Gillespie.
In July 2012, Turner was interviewed for the Portland Trail Blazers' vacant head coach position. He was one of the final four candidates, competing against Terry Stotts, Steve Clifford, and then-interim coach Kaleb Canales. Ultimately, he was not hired for the position. In January 2013, Turner resigned from his assistant coach position with Phoenix. He was named an assistant coach by the Memphis Grizzlies in September 2013.
On June 3, 2016, Turner joined the Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach once more.
On June 27, 2019, he returned to the Houston Rockets as the lead assistant coach who was added to focus on running defense—former assistant Jeff Bzdelik’s role.
On August 31, 2021, Turner joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as an assistant coach.
Turner's son, Elston Jr., played guard for the University of Washington Huskies men's basketball team from 2008 through 2010. He has transferred to the Texas A&M University Aggies for his junior and senior seasons.
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