Orlando Phillips

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Orlando Phillips
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1960-06-30) June 30, 1960 (age 54)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Listed height 209 cm (6 ft 10 in)
Listed weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Career information
College San Francisco CC (1978–1980)
Pepperdine (1981–1983)
NBA draft 1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Career history
1989 Adelaide 36ers
1992–1993 Pau Orthez

Orlando Darryl Phillips (born June 30, 1960 in San Francisco, California) is a retired American basketball player. He was a strong rebounding Center or Power Forward who also played in Australia and Europe during his career.

College career[edit]

The 6'10" (209 cm) tall Orlando Philips was a standout center for the Pepperdine University Waves, co-winning the 1983 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year award with Waves team mate Dane Suttle.

Professional career[edit]

Unfortunately little is known about the professional basketball career of Orlando Phillips. He was selected as the 69th pick in Round 3 of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, but he never made their roster.

In 1989 he played for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia's National Basketball League. Phillips played 25 games for the 36ers where he averaged 20.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.0 blocked shot and he shot the ball at 62.5% per game.[1] Phillips had a slow start to the 1989 NBL season while still recovering from a broken foot, but his numbers increased through the season. He wore the number "00" for the 36ers and early in the NBL season before his form changed, the joke in Adelaide was that 00 stood for "Oh Oh". 36ers players were told by their then coach Gary Fox that Phillips was a non-smoker, a non-drinker, and that he wasn't a "womaniser". According to Scott Ninnis, this proved to be false after Phillips had reportedly been seen drunk at a bar with a woman under each arm while smoking a cigarette, all within a week of his arrival. Al Green recalled during the 36ers "The Golden Era" DVD that this helped Phillips fit in very well with the team off the court.

Orlando Phillips played 25 NBL games for the 36ers in 1989, averaging 20.5 points @ 62.6%, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 1.2 steals in 31 minutes per game.[2]

Phillips also had a stint in the Euroleague with Pau Orthez in the 1992-93 season. He played 14 games for Orthez and averaged 12 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

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