Bobby Phills

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Bobby Phills
Personal information
Born (1969-12-20)December 20, 1969
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Died January 12, 2000(2000-01-12) (aged 30)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Southern Laboratory School
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
College Southern (1987–1991)
NBA draft 1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1991–2000
Position Shooting guard
Number 14, 13
Career history
1991–1993 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
1992 Cleveland Cavaliers
1993 Banco Natwest Zaragoza (Spain)
19921997 Cleveland Cavaliers
19972000 Charlotte Hornets
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

Bobby Ray Phills II (December 20, 1969 – January 12, 2000) was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phills attended Baton Rouge's Southern University. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

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.[1] The drivers of the other two vehicles recovered, while Phills was pronounced dead at the scene.[1] A police report said Phills and Wesley were driving "in an erratic, reckless, careless, in a negligent or aggressive manner."[2] Wesley later was convicted of reckless driving after being cleared of a racing charge.[1]

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.[3][4]

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