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Paul Silas
Paul Silas 1977 press photo by Seattle SuperSonics.jpg
Paul Silas with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1977
Personal information
Born (1943-07-12) July 12, 1943 (age 75)
Prescott, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school McClymonds (Oakland, California)
College Creighton (1961–1964)
NBA draft 1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Playing career 1964–1980
Position Power forward / Small forward
Number 29, 12, 35, 36
Coaching career 1980–2012
Career history
As player:
19641969 St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks
19691972 Phoenix Suns
19721976 Boston Celtics
1976–1977 Denver Nuggets
19771980 Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
19801983 San Diego Clippers
1988–1989 New Jersey Nets (assistant)
19891992 New York Knicks (assistant)
19921995 New Jersey Nets (assistant)
19951997 Phoenix Suns (assistant)
19971999 Charlotte Hornets (assistant)
19992002 Charlotte Hornets
2002–2003 New Orleans Hornets
20032005 Cleveland Cavaliers
20102012 Charlotte Bobcats
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 11,782 (9.4 ppg)
Rebounds 12,357 (9.9 rpg)
Assists 2,572 (2.1 apg)
Stats at
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2017

Paul Theron Silas (born July 12, 1943) is an American retired professional basketball player and former NBA head coach.

He is the father of current NBA assistant coach Stephen Silas.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Prescott, Arkansas,[1] Silas attended Creighton University, where he set an NCAA record for the most rebounds in three seasons and averaged 20.6 rebounds per game in 1963. In the NBA, Silas collected more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds during his sixteen-year career, played in two All-Star games, and won three championship rings (two with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and 1976, and one with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979). He was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team twice, and to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team three times.

Coaching career[edit]

Silas was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003 to 2005. Prior to his job with the Cavaliers, he was an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, and Charlotte Hornets, and the head coach for the San Diego Clippers, and Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets.

Silas then worked for ESPN, although in April 2007, he interviewed for the vacant head coaching position with the Charlotte Bobcats (later known as the Charlotte Hornets) which was eventually filled by Sam Vincent. Upon the firing of Vincent in April 2008, he stated that coaching the Bobcats would be a "dream job."[2]

On December 22, 2010, Silas was named interim head coach of the Bobcats, replacing the outgoing coach Larry Brown.[3] On February 16, 2011, the Bobcats removed his interim status.[4]

On April 30, 2012, the Bobcats announced that Silas would not return to the Bobcats for the 2012–2013 season after producing the worst record in NBA history.[5] Because of the record transfer that occurred in 2014, Silas' tenure with the Bobcats is now recognized as his second tenure with the Charlotte Hornets, meaning that he had coached them for about six seasons with a record of 204–220.

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
San Diego 1980–81 82 36 46 .439 5th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
San Diego 1981–82 82 17 65 .207 6th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
San Diego 1982–83 82 25 57 .305 6th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 1998–99 35 22 13 .629 5th in Central Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 1999–00 82 49 33 .598 2nd in Central 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
Charlotte 2000–01 82 46 36 .561 3rd in Central 10 6 4 .600 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Charlotte 2001–02 82 44 38 .537 2nd in Central 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
New Orleans 2002–03 82 47 35 .573 3rd in Central 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Cleveland 2003–04 82 35 47 .427 5th in Central Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 2004–05 64 34 30 .531 (fired)
Charlotte 2010–11 54 25 29 .463 4th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 2011–12 66 7 59 .106 5th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 875 387 488 .442 29 13 16 .448

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2011-12 Bobcats Coaching Staff". Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ Silas says coaching Bobcats is a 'dream job' - Sports Rumors - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
  3. ^ "Charlotte Bobcats name Paul Silas interim head coach". Archived from the original on 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Bobcats elevate Paul Silas to coach". February 16, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Paul Silas will not return as Bobcats head coach". April 30, 2012. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 

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