Paul Silas

Paul Silas

Paul Silas with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1977
Personal information
Born (1943-07-12) July 12, 1943
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
20022003 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

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

Born in Prescott, Arizona,[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 distinguished 16-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.

He was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers until March 21, 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.

He 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 Sam 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 20122013 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

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 WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
San Diego 1980–81 823646.4395th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
San Diego 1981–82 821765.2076th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
San Diego 1982–83 822557.3056th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 1998–99 352213.6295th in Central Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 1999–00 824933.5982nd in Central413.250 Lost in First Round
Charlotte 2000–01 824636.5613rd in Central1064.600 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Charlotte 2001–02 824438.5372nd in Central945.444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
New Orleans 2002–03 824735.5733rd in Central624.333 Lost in First Round
Cleveland 2003–04 823547.4275th in Central Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 2004–05 643430.531(fired)
Charlotte 2010–11 542529.4634th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 2011–12 66759.1065th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 875387488.442 291316.448

See also


  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". 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. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
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