Randy Wittman

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Randy Wittman Biography

Randy Wittman is a former American basketball player and coach who played for the Indiana University. Wittman was a guard for the Hoosiers for five seasons between 1979 and 1983. The Indianapolis, Ind. native played at Ben Davis High School where he was a three-year starter and averaged over 23 points per game. In his time with the Hoosiers under coach Bob Knight, Wittman won three Big Ten championships and was a member of the 1981 national championship team. The former Hoosier played professionally for nine seasons in the NBA from 1983-1992 and coached in the league for 24 seasons until 2016. Years after his retirement from playing, Wittman was named to the 2003 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team, inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, and inducted to the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame.

  • Position: Randy Scott Wittman
  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 60 years old
  • Birthday: October 28, 1959
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
  • High School: Ben Davis High School (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Height: 6’6″ (198cm)
  • Weight: 210 lbs (95kg)
  • Seasons: 5 (1978-1983)
  • Jersey: #24
  • NBA Draft: 1983 / Round 1 / 22nd Overall Pick / Washington Bullets
  • Professional Career: Atlanta Hawks (1983-1988), Sacramento Kings (1988-1989), Indiana Pacers (1989-1992)
  • Coaching Career: Indiana Pacers (1992-1993), Dallas Mavericks (1993-1994), Minnesota Timberwolves (1994-1999), Cleveland Cavaliers (1999-2001), Minnesota Timberwolves (2001-2009), Washington Wizards (2009-2016)

Player Accolades and Awards

  • 1979 NIT Champion
  • Four-year letter winner (1980-1983)
  • 3x Big Ten Champion (1980, 1981, 1983)
  • 1981 NCAA National Champion
  • Co-Captain 1983
  • 1983 Indiana University MVP
  • 1983 Big Ten MVP
  • 3x First Team All-Big Ten (1981-1983)
  • 2x Academic All-American (1982 and 1983)
  • Ranked eighth on career scoring list at graduation
  • Ranked second on career assist list at graduation
  • Ranked third on career steals list at graduation

Randy Wittman High School Career

Randy Wittman played high school basketball in Indiana for Ben Davis High School. He was a starter for three seasons and averaged over 23 points per game for the Giants. Twenty-five years after his high school career, his performance at Ben Davis earned him a spot on the 2003 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team. Long after his playing career, Wittman would be inducted into the 2007 class of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Randy Wittman Seasons with the Hoosiers

1978-1979 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (8th Season)
22-12 (10-8 Big Ten)
4th Place Big Ten
🏅 NIT Champions
1979-1980 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (9th Season)
21-8 (13-5 Big Ten)
🏆 1st Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1980-1981 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (10th Season)
26-9 (14-4 Big Ten)
🏆 1st Place Big Ten
🏆 1981 NCAA Champions
1981-1982 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (11th Season)
19-10 (12-6 Big Ten)
4th Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Second Round
1982-1983 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (12th Season)
24-6 (13-5 Big Ten)
🏆 1st Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Sweet Sixteen

Indiana University Career Statistics

Season G GS MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1978-1979 34 32 1258 101 190 0.532 39 53 0.736 90 154 31 6 73 78 241
1979-1980 5 5 145 13 28 0.464 3 4 0.75 7 12 8 0 6 5 29
1980-1981 35 32 1190 155 286 0.542 53 69 0.768 79 77 27 4 39 63 363
1981-1982 29 26 986 144 299 0.482 59 78 0.756 94 102 31 5 43 56 347
1982-1983 30 30 1110 236 435 0.543 228 417 0.547 8 18 0.444 89 108 0.824 135 87 31 4 48 54 569
Career 133 125 4689 649 1238 0.524 228 417 0.547 8 18 0.444 243 312 0.779 405 432 128 19 209 256 1549

Randy Wittman Indiana University Career

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Randy Wittman began his collegiate career in 1978 playing for coach Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers. Wittman joined a Hoosier ball club coming off a 21-8 record and a second round loss to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament. Wittman’s teammates for his first season included Mike Woodson, Ray Tolbert, Butch Carter and Landon Turner. As a true freshman, Wittman started in 32 out of 34 games for Indiana and was fourth in the scoring column averaging 7.1 points per game.

In Wittman’s first season with the Hoosiers, the team went 22-12 with a 10-8 finish in the Big Ten. Indiana missed out on the NCAA Tournament but the season was not a total loss as they were still able to win a championship. Indiana met their in-state rival Purdue in the 1979 NIT Championship and came out with a one point victory to win the championship against the Boilermakers.

Wittman’s second season in Bloomington was cut short due to a season-ending foot injury. Wittman only appeared in five games for the Hoosiers during the 1979-1980 season.

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Wittman returned the next season and was a part of Indiana’s 1981 NCAA National Championship team. In his third year with the team, he averaged 10.4 points per game and was third on the team in scoring behind Isaiah Thomas and Ray Tolbert.

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The 1980-1981 Indiana Hoosiers finished the season at the top of the college world defeating North Carolina to win their fourth national championship. Wittman received post season honors with a first team selection on the All-Big Ten team.

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Over the next two seasons, Wittman played in 59 games and started all but three for Indiana. He averaged 15.5 points per game during that span and averaged a career high 19 points per game his senior season in Bloomington. The team finished in the top two of the conference both seasons but suffered eliminations in the post-season.

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Wittman’s career at Indiana was full of accolades as he was a four-year letter winner and co-captain of the 1983 Hoosier squad. He ended his career with three conference championships and a national championship while playing for Knight. In 1983, he was the Indiana University MVP as well as the Big Ten MVP. Wittman earned First Team All-Big Ten honors three times and did well in the class room with two Academic All-American awards.

Wittman would later be inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Randy Wittman Professional Career

Randy Wittman was drafted with the 22nd overall pick to the Washington Bullets in the 1983 NBA Draft. His time in Washington was short as he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the start of the season. His first two seasons in the league saw him coming off the bench averaging 7.2 points in 21.1 minutes per game. Wittman’s production increased in his three remaining seasons with the Hawks, starting 226 out of 234 games and averaging 11.8 points per game. Wittman and the Hawks were never able to get past the conference semifinals during his stint with the team.

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Wittman’s remaining seasons in the league were spent with the Sacremento Kings and the Indiana Pacers from 1988 to 1992. He played 31 games for the Kings before moving to Indianapolis to spend the rest of his career playing for the Pacers. Wittman was a role player with the Pacers averaging 10.8 minutes of action and scoring 2.5 points per game in his four seasons with the team.

Once his playing career ended, Wittman replaced the jersey and shorts with a jacket and slacks, transitioning to a career as an NBA coach.

Randy Wittman Coaching Career

Wittman started his coaching career back in his home state as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers under head coach Bob Hill. The Pacers went 41-41 during the season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Knicks. The next season, Wittman had a job as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks working with former Hoosier Quinn Buckner.

The second year assistant coach had a short stint in Dallas during the 1993-1994 season. He would then take his career up north to Minnesota to be an assistant for the Timberwolves for five seasons. Wittman received his first head coaching job in 1999 as the head man of the Cleveland Cavaliers for two seasons, leading the team to a 62-102 record during that span.

Wittman bounced around between jobs as an assistant and head coach from 2001 to 2009. He joined the Washington Wizard’s staff as an assistant in 2009 and would stay in that position for three seasons. During the 2011-2012 season, Wittman got a chance to be the head coach of the Wizards after Flip Saunders led the team to a 2-15 record early into the season. The new head coach took the team to a 20-46 record in the shortened NBA season.

Wittman remained the head coach of the Wizards for four additional seasons until 2016. During his time as the leader of the Wizards, Wittman went 178-199 and made two postseason appearances. The team reached as far as the conference semifinals in 2014 and 2015 before losing to the Pacers and Atlanta Hawks respectively.

Wittman was fired on April 23, 2016 after finishing with a 41-41 record and missing the playoffs.

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