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Who is Paul Silas?
Paul Theron Silas was a professional American basketball player and head coach in the NBA (National Basketball Association). As a player, he was a two-time NBA All-Star and earned five selections to the NBA All-Defensive Team, including twice on the first team. Moreover, he won three NBA championships; two with the Boston Celtics and one with the Seattle Supersonics.
How Old Is Paul Silas?
He was 79 years old at the time of his death on December 11, 2022. Having been born on July 12, 1943, in Prescott, Arkansas, U.S. Paul shared his birthdate with celebrities such as; Phoebe Tonkin, Issac Ryan Brown, Ariana Fletcher, Khalani Simon, Malala Yousafzai, and many more.
Paul Silas Family
Who are Paul Silas’ Parents and Siblings?
His secretive nature has shown up in his personal life. He has managed to keep his family background very private. In case there is news regarding his parents and siblings, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Paul Silas Education
He received his high school education at McClymonds High School. After high school, he attended Creighton University.
Paul Silas Marital Status
He was married to the love of his life, Carolyn Silas.
Paul Silas Kids
There is no news on the internet showing whether he had kids or not. In case there is news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Paul Silas Career
A College Career
He set the most rebounds in a three-year career while attending Creighton University. And was the Division I rebounding leader for the 1962-63 season with 20.6 rebounds per game. His career scoring average was over 20 points per game, In 2017, he was voted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
A Professional Playing Career
He was drafted in the second round of the 1964 draft by the St. Louis Hawks. However, after a relatively low career start, during the 1967-68 season, he reached double figures in both rebounds and points per game. He averaged 11.7 rebounds per game and 13.4 points per game. His rebounding average was third best on the Hawks that season, behind teammates Zelmo Beaty (11.7rpg) and Bill Bridges (13.4 rpg).
After spending five seasons with the Hawks, he was then traded to the Phoenix Suns for Gary Gregor who had been named to the 1969 NBA All-Rookie Team. During his three seasons with the Suns, he averaged a double-double in rebounds and points each season. In 1971 and 1972, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team and went on to play in the 1972 NBA All-Star Game. His third with the season during the 1971-72 season, he grabbed 955 rebounds in 80 games and scored what would be a career-high 17.5 points per game. In September 1972, he was sent to the Boston Celtics in a deal that allowed the Suns to acquire the rights to Charlie Scott.
Who led the ABA in scoring with 34.6 points per game during the 1971-72 ABA season. In 1973, while with the Celtics, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, and the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 1975 and 1976. And played in the 1975 NBA All-Star Game. In 1974 and 1976, he was a key contributor to the Celtics’ NBA championship. Following his lone season (1976-77) with the Denver Nuggets, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics. He was thus an important role with Seattle as an enforcer and the SuperSonics reached the championship series in both 1978 and 1979 with Paul.
Moreover, SuperSonics won the 1979 NBA Finals in five games over the Washington Bullets. Overall during his NBA career, he collected more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds over sixteen seasons. Played in two NBA 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 also was named to the All-NBA Defensive First twice and to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team three times.
A Coaching Career
Immediately upon retirement, he started his coaching career with the San Diego Clippers from 1980 to 1983. Thus becoming their head coach, compiling a 78-168 record for a team that struggled with injuries to stars including Bill Walton. After taking time off, he went on to be an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets for one season from 1988 to 1989. And then became an assistant coach with the New York Knicks from 1989 to 1992 as one of the holdovers from the Stu Jackson and John Macleas eras. He then went back to work for the Nets as an assistant under Chuck Daly and later Butch Beard from 1992 to 1995, leaving to work with the Suns from 1995 to 1997.
In the summer of 1995, he was considered for the head coaching job of the Boston Celtics before General Manager M.L. Carr decided to name himself as coach of the team. After joining the coaching staff of the Charlotte Hornets in 1997, he was finally given another chance as a coach. After becoming the interim coach of the Hornets when Dave Cowens was fired after a 4-11 record. Under him, the Hornets turned it around and went 22-13 to finish the lockout-shortened season 26-24, missing the playoffs by one game. He then had the interim tag lifted off his status and thus became the full-time head coach of the Hornets. From 1999 to 2003 he coached the New Orleans Pelicans.
On May 4, 2003, he was hired as coach, in a move that puzzled many Hornets players (including Baron Davis) who enjoyed playing for him. From 2003 to 2005, he was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hired to mentor LeBron James, his tenure was rife with controversy as he feuded with veteran point guard Eric Snow. And in the mid-season, the new owner of the team Dan Gilbert fired him. With the Cavaliers at 34-30 and fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Thus the Cavaliers would collapse after the firing of Silas. And miss the playoffs that season due to a tiebreak with the New Jersey Nets.
Next, Silas worked for ESPN, although in 2007, he interviewed for the vacant head coaching position with the Charlotte Bobcats (later known as Charlotte Hornets). Which eventually was filed by Sam Vincent. Upon the firing of Vincent in April 2008, he stated that coaching the Bobcats would be a “dream job”. On December 22, 2010, he was named interim head coach of the Bobcats, replacing the outgoing coach Larry Brown. The Bobcats then removed his interim status on February 16, 2011. The Bobcats announced on April 30. 2012, that Silas would not return to the Bobcats for the 2012-2013 season after producing the worst record in NBA history.
Paul Silas Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body, he stood at a height of 6ft 7 inches (2.01m) and a weight of 102kg (224 lbs).
Paul Silas’ Salary and Net Worth
His salary is not mentioned on the internet but had an estimated net worth of $5 million.