Brian Winters
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Brian Winters

Brian Winters
Personal information
Born (1952-03-01) March 1, 1952 (age 67)
Rockaway, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeSouth Carolina (1971-1974)
NBA draft1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1974-1983
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number20, 32
Coaching career1984-2013
Career history
As player:
1974-1975Los Angeles Lakers
1975-1983Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
1984-1986Princeton (assistant)
1986-1993Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
1993-1995Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
1995-1997Vancouver Grizzlies
1997-1998Denver Nuggets (assistant)
1999-2002Golden State Warriors (assistant)
2001-2002Golden State Warriors (interim)
2004-2007Indiana Fever
2012-2013Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:
Career NBA statistics
Points10,537 (16.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,688 (2.6 rpg)
Assists2,674 (4.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Brian Joseph Winters (born March 1, 1952) is an American former basketball player and coach.

Overview

Winters attended academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, New York, graduating in 1970. He then played collegiately with the University of South Carolina and was the 12th pick in the 1974 NBA Draft, taken by the Los Angeles Lakers. He made the NBA All-Rookie Team with the Lakers, and was then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the trade that brought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers. He had a productive nine-year career that included two appearances in the NBA All-Star Game and playing on six playoffs teams. Winters averaged 16.2 points and 4.1 assists over his career, with his best years coming from 1975 to 1979 when he averaged over 19 points and slightly less than 5 assists per game. His number 32 was retired by the Bucks.[1] In a 2005 interview, Michael Jordan singled out Winters as the best "pure shooter" in history, claiming that "he had the most beautiful stroke of all the people whom [he could] think of."[2]

After retiring from the NBA, Winters became an assistant coach for two years under legendary coach Pete Carril at Princeton. From there, he moved on to become an assistant coach under Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 7 years and Atlanta Hawks for two more. Next, he was the inaugural coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies for a year and a half. Later, Winters coached with the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. He was formerly the head coach of the WNBA's Indiana Fever, leading them to their first ever consecutive-year playoff appearances.

On October 26, 2007, Winters option wasn't picked up by the Indiana Fever, ending his four-year tenure with the club.[3] He compiled a 78-58 record in the regular season to go with a 5-7 playoff record. He was a scout for the Indiana Pacers for several seasons until he was let go during the NBA lockout in August 2011.[4] He spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats.[5]

Head coaching record

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Vancouver 1995-96 82 15 67 .183 7th in Midwest -- -- -- -- Missed playoffs
Vancouver 1996-97 43 8 35 .186 (fired) -- -- -- -- --
Golden State 2001-02 59 13 46 .220 7th in Pacific -- -- -- -- Missed playoffs
Career 184 36 148 .196 -- -- -- --

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1974-75 L.A. Lakers 68 - 22.3 .443 - .826 2.0 2.9 1.1 0.3 11.7
1975-76 Milwaukee 78 - 35.8 .464 - .829 3.2 4.7 1.6 0.3 18.2
1976-77 Milwaukee 78 - 34.8 .498 - .847 3.0 4.3 1.5 0.4 19.3
1977-78 Milwaukee 80 - 34.4 .463 - .840 3.1 4.9 1.6 0.3 19.9
1978-79 Milwaukee 79 - 32.6 .493 - .856 2.2 4.8 1.1 0.5 19.8
1979-80 Milwaukee 80 - 32.8 .479 .373 .860 2.8 4.5 1.3 0.4 16.2
1980-81 Milwaukee 69 - 25.7 .475 .353 .869 2.0 3.3 1.0 0.1 11.6
1981-82 Milwaukee 61 13 30.0 .501 .387 .788 2.8 4.1 0.9 0.1 15.9
1982-83 Milwaukee 57 12 23.9 .434 .324 .859 1.9 2.7 0.8 0.1 10.6
Career 650 25 30.7 .475 .363 .842 2.6 4.1 1.2 0.3 16.2
All-Star 2 1 15.0 .417 - - 3.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 5.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1976 Milwaukee 3 - 42.0 .629 - .800 2.3 5.0 1.7 0.7 27.3
1978 Milwaukee 9 - 33.9 .497 - .741 3.3 6.4 1.3 0.9 20.4
1980 Milwaukee 7 - 38.3 .460 .429 1.000 3.0 5.3 1.6 0.0 15.9
1981 Milwaukee 7 - 25.9 .459 .333 .750 3.3 3.1 1.4 0.1 10.0
1982 Milwaukee 6 - 38.7 .494 .500 .833 2.5 4.7 1.3 0.2 16.8
1983 Milwaukee 9 - 26.7 .429 .273 .824 2.4 3.6 0.7 0.4 9.9
Career 41 - 33.0 .490 .396 .808 2.9 4.7 1.3 0.4 15.5

References

  1. ^ "Archived Document". Archived from the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  2. ^ Jordan, Michael (August 2005). "One-on-One with Michael Jordan". Cigar Aficionado (Interview). Interviewed by Marvin R. Shanken. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Fever declines option on Winters contract". wnba.com, October 26, 2007. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Pacers cut 3 scouts
  5. ^ Charlotte Bobcats Name Assistant Coaches Archived August 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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