Patrick Joseph “Pat” Garrity (born August 23, 1976) is a retired American professional basketball player who played for ten years in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a member of the National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee from 2000 to 2008 where he served as Secretary and Treasurer.
Garrity was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 19th pick of the 1998 NBA draft. The Bucks traded his rights, and the rights to Dirk Nowitzki, to the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to Robert Traylor. Then Garrity’s rights, along with Martin Müürsepp, Bubba Wells and a first-round draft pick, were traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Steve Nash.
His rookie year was spent in Phoenix, and he averaged 5.6 points per game in 39 appearances (in an NBA lockout-shortened 50-game regular season). Following his inaugural campaign, Garrity was traded, along with Danny Manning and two future draft picks, to the Orlando Magic for Anfernee Hardaway.
He played in all 82 games with his new team in 1999–2000, averaging 8.2 points per game and shooting 40.1 percent from three-point territory. He had a similar performance in 2000–01, and then in 2001–02 his scoring average hit a career-high of 11.1 points per game as he started 43 of the 80 games he played. During that season he ranked 7th in the NBA in both 3 point field goal percentage and 3 point field goals made.
His average dipped to 10.7 points per game in 2002–03. Garrity’s 2003–04 campaign ended after he played in only two games due to cartilage damage in his right knee, which forced him to undergo microfracture surgery.
On September 11, 2008, he announced his retirement from professional basketball. As of 2009, he is taking classes at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Career highlights and awards
Consensus second-team All-American (1998)
Big East Player of the Year (1997)
2× First-team All-Big East (1997, 1998)
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,017 (7.3 ppg)