December 20, 1969|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Died||January 12, 2000
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Southern Laboratory School
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
|NBA draft||1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall|
|Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks|
|1991–1993||Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)|
|1993||Banco Natwest Zaragoza (Spain)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||5,153 (11.0 ppg)|
|Assists||1,246 (2.7 apg)|
|Steals||592 (1.3 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Phills was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1991 NBA Draft (45th overall), but was cut in December 1991 without playing a game for them. He signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association where he averaged 23.1 points before rejoining the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the 1991–92 season. Over his nine-year career, he averaged 11 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.
On January 12, 2000, while a member of the Charlotte Hornets, Phills was killed in an automobile accident in Charlotte, North Carolina. Phills was traveling behind teammate David Wesley at over 75 mph (121 km/h) when his Porsche spun and crossed into oncoming traffic. It hit another car, which in turn was struck in the rear by a minivan. The drivers of the other two vehicles recovered, while Phills was pronounced dead at the scene. A police report said Phills and Wesley were driving "in an erratic, reckless, careless, in a negligent or aggressive manner." Wesley later was convicted of reckless driving after being cleared of a racing charge.
Phills was survived by his parents, his wife Kendall, and three children.
The Hornets retired his #13 jersey number on February 9, 2000. Phills' was the first number that the Hornets franchise had ever retired. On November 1, 2014, the newly-renamed Hornets rehung his jersey from the rafters of Time Warner Cable Arena.
- Chris Tomasson, Wesley to Smith: 'Only time heals', Rocky Mountain News, June 13, 2007.
- N.B.A.: SAN ANTONIO; Elliott Returns to Practice Following Transplant
- "Phills' No. 13 jersey raised again in Charlotte". USA Today. Associated Press. November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- "Charlotte Hornets re-hang Bobby Phills’ jersey Saturday night". WGHP Fox 8. November 2, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- Bobby Phills at Find a Grave
- Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
- Hornets 24/7/2009 Remembrance Article