Bill Cartwright

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Bill Cartwright
Bill Cartwright Univ of San Francisco.jpg
Cartwright in 2011
Personal information
Born (1957-07-30) July 30, 1957 (age 62)
Lodi, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolElk Grove (Elk Grove, California)
CollegeSan Francisco (1975–1979)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1979–1995
PositionCenter
Number25, 24
Career history
As player:
19791988New York Knicks
19881994Chicago Bulls
1994–1995Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
19962001Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20012003Chicago Bulls
20042008New Jersey Nets (assistant)
20082012Phoenix Suns (assistant)
2013Osaka Evessa
2014–2015Mexico
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points12,713 (13.2 ppg)
Rebounds6,106 (6.3 rpg)
Assists1,390 (1.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James William Cartwright (born July 30, 1957) is an American retired NBA basketball player and a former head coach with the Chicago Bulls. A 7'1" (2.16 m) center, he played 16 seasons for the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Seattle SuperSonics, helping the Bulls capture consecutive championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, California, and played college basketball at the University of San Francisco.

High school and college career[edit]

In high school, Cartwright played basketball for the Elk Grove Thundering Herd under coach Dan Risley.

In 1974 and 1975, he was named California High School State Basketball Player of the Year. In 1975, he was named California High School Sports Athlete of the Year.

On March 6–8, 1975, Cartwright's Elk Grove High School team won the 29th Annual Tournament Of Champions in Oakland (predecessor of the California Interscholastic Federation State Basketball Championship).

As a prep star, Cartwright was just as highly regarded as fellow preps Darryl Dawkins and Bill Willoughby.[citation needed]

Cartwright played college ball at the University of San Francisco and was a consensus second team all-American in 1977 and 1979. During his time at USF, Cartwright played on one of the tallest starting lineups in collegiate history. He graduated as the all-time leading scorer for the Dons, averaging 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Cartwright led San Francisco to three trips to the NCAA tournament, to the first round in the 1977 and to the Sweet Sixteen in both 1978 and 1979. [3]

Year Team W-L G FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% RBs Avg Pts Avg
1976 22-8 30 151 282 53.0 72 98 73.5 207 6.9 374 12.5
1977 29-2 31 241 426 56.6 118 161 73.3 262 8.5 600 19.4
1978 23-6 21 168 252 66.7 96 131 73.3 213 10.2 432 20.6
1979 22-7 29 268 443 60.6 174 237 73.4 455 15.7 710 24.5
Total 96-23 111 828 1406 58.9 460 627 73.4 1137 10.2 2116 19.1

Professional career[edit]

New York Knicks (1979–1988)[edit]

Cartwright was the third overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft selected by the New York Knicks, making his only career All-Star Game appearance that season. He averaged more than 20 points per game in his first two seasons for the Knicks, but after playing no fewer than 77 games in his first five seasons, a series of foot injuries caused him to miss the entire 1985–86 season,[1] prompting the Knicks to draft center Patrick Ewing with the number-one overall pick and relegate Cartwright to his backup.[2] However, ongoing foot problems limited Cartwright to only two appearances during the 1986–87 season.

Chicago Bulls (1988–1994)[edit]

On June 27, 1988, Cartwright was traded to the Chicago Bulls for forward Charles Oakley.[3] The Bulls were willing to part with Oakley, the league's second-leading rebounder in the 1986–87 and 1987–88 seasons, because of their need for a center and the rapid development of power forward Horace Grant.[4] Cartwright was the Bulls' starting center during their first string of three consecutive NBA championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993. During the 1992–93 season, Cartwright took an elbow to the throat during a regular-season game against the Indiana Pacers that fractured his larynx and left him with a hoarse voice.[5]

The Bulls, who were without Michael Jordan the following season following his retirement, made the 1994 NBA Playoffs but were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Knicks. Cartwright departed the team thereafter as an unrestricted free agent.

Seattle SuperSonics (1994–1995)[edit]

Cartwright left the Bulls as a free agent and signed with the Seattle SuperSonics. He only played in 29 games for the Sonics, and retired after the 1994–95 NBA season.

Coaching career[edit]

A few years after his retirement, Cartwright was added to the Bulls once again as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson, and the team was once again in the playoffs, winning the title in 1997 and 1998. The Bulls went through significant changes following the 1997–98 season, with not only Jordan and Pippen leaving, but Tim Floyd taking over as head coach from Jackson. The Bulls had a lengthy rebuilding effort, and Cartwright took over the Bulls 27 games into the 2001–02 season, going 17-38 after the team's 4-23 start under Floyd and interim head coach Bill Berry, the latter whom coached for two games before Cartwright was named interim head coach. The Bulls finished 21-61 on the year and the following season Cartwright was promoted from interim to permanent head coach. In the 2002–03 season the Bulls finished 30-52, but Cartwright would last only 14 games into the 2003–04 season — going 4-10 — before being fired.[6] Pete Myers and finally Scott Skiles coached the Bulls immediately following Cartwright's tenure.

In 2004, the New Jersey Nets hired Cartwright as an assistant coach under Lawrence Frank. In 2008, Cartwright was named as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns under Terry Porter. Suns general manager Steve Kerr hired the former big man to help coach veteran big man Shaquille O'Neal, all-star Amar'e Stoudemire, and upcoming draft picks.[7] After the Suns dismissed Porter and promoted assistant Alvin Gentry, Cartwright stayed on as assistant coach with the team.

In January 2013, Cartwright was hired to coach Osaka Evessa in Japan.[8][9][10]

In September 2014, Cartwright was hired as the head coach of the Mexico National Basketball Team.

Personal life[edit]

Cartwright married his junior high school sweetheart, Sheri, and together they have four children Justin, Jason, James and Kristin. He obtained a master's degree in organization development and as hobbies, plays guitar and collects transistor radios.[11][12]

Cartwright is an avid fan of doo-wop music from the 1950's and 1960's.[13]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Cartwright won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1979–80 New York 82 38.4 .547 .797 8.9 2.0 0.6 1.2 21.7
1980–81 New York 82 35.7 .554 .000 .788 7.5 1.4 0.6 1.0 20.1
1981–82 New York 72 50 28.6 .562 .763 5.8 1.2 0.7 0.9 14.4
1982–83 New York 82 82 30.1 .566 .744 7.2 1.7 0.5 1.5 15.7
1983–84 New York 77 77 32.3 .561 .000 .805 8.4 1.4 0.6 1.3 17.0
1985–86 New York 2 0 18.0 .429 .600 5.0 2.5 0.5 0.5 6.0
1986–87 New York 58 50 34.3 .531 .790 7.7 1.7 0.7 0.4 17.5
1987–88 New York 82 4 20.4 .544 .798 4.7 1.0 0.5 0.5 11.1
1988–89 Chicago 78 76 29.9 .475 .766 6.7 1.2 0.3 0.5 12.4
1989–90 Chicago 71 71 30.4 .488 .811 6.5 2.0 0.5 0.5 11.4
1990–91 Chicago 79 79 28.8 .490 .697 6.2 1.6 0.4 0.2 9.6
1991–92 Chicago 64 64 23.0 .467 .604 5.1 1.4 0.3 0.2 8.0
1992–93 Chicago 63 63 19.9 .411 .735 3.7 1.3 0.3 0.2 5.6
1993–94 Chicago 42 41 18.6 .513 .684 3.6 1.4 0.2 0.2 5.6
1994–95 Seattle 29 19 14.8 .391 .625 3.0 0.3 0.2 0.1 2.4
Career 963 676 28.5 .525 .000 .771 6.3 1.4 0.5 0.7 13.2
All-Star 1 0 14.0 .500 3.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 8.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1981 New York 2 24.5 .353 .667 6.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 10.0
1983 New York 6 28.7 .581 .773 5.7 0.7 0.5 1.2 11.2
1984 New York 12 33.2 .556 .863 8.3 0.4 0.2 1.2 17.4
1988 New York 4 0 19.0 .500 .733 4.8 1.5 0.0 0.8 7.3
1989 Chicago 17 17 34.3 .486 .700 7.1 1.2 0.5 0.7 11.8
1990 Chicago 16 16 28.9 .413 .674 4.7 1.0 0.3 0.3 8.1
1991 Chicago 17 17 30.1 .519 .688 4.7 1.9 0.5 0.4 9.5
1992 Chicago 22 22 27.8 .474 .419 4.5 1.7 0.5 0.2 5.6
1993 Chicago 19 19 23.4 .465 .778 4.5 1.5 0.6 0.2 6.3
1994 Chicago 9 8 21.0 .326 .813 4.9 1.2 0.3 0.2 4.6
Career 124 99 28.2 .482 .725 5.4 1.3 0.4 0.5 8.9

Head coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

NBA[edit]

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Chicago 2001–02 55 17 38 .309 8th in Central Missed playoffs
Chicago 2002–03 82 30 52 .366 6th in Central Missed playoffs
Chicago 2003–04 14 4 10 .286 (fired)
Career 151 51 100 .338

Japan[edit]

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Osaka Evessa 2013 21 15 6 .714 7th in Western Missed playoffs

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Roy S. (January 28, 1986). "CARTWRIGHT LIKELY TO BE LOST FOR SEASON". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Brown, Clifton (May 19, 1989). "Cartwright Handling Ewing in Pivotal Matchup". The New York Times. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/oaklech01.html
  4. ^ "YEAR-BY-YEAR HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO BULLS". NBA.com. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Sherwin, Bob (November 3, 1994). "Bill Cartwright -- Elbowing Way To Top -- When Sonic Center's Around, Foes Have A Lot To Think About". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cartwright Relieved as Bulls Head Coach". NBA. December 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Coro, Paul (June 19, 2008). "Suns fill out coaching staff". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Bill Cartwright to coach in Japan
  9. ^ [1]. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  10. ^ [2]. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  11. ^ Coro, Paul (July 1, 2008). "Cartwright a big-man coach, more". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  12. ^ Coro, Paul (December 30, 2010). "Suns Extra: Q & A with assistant coach Bill Cartwright". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  13. ^ USA Today

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