Charlie Bell (basketball)
|Born||March 12, 1979|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Flint Southwestern|
|College||Michigan State (1997−2001)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|Number||14, 3, 42, 34|
|2004–2005||Leche Río Breogán|
|2010–2011||Golden State Warriors|
|2016–2017||Texas Legends (assistant)|
|2017–2019||Iowa Wolves (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Charlie Will Bell III (born March 12, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He is the head coach of Flint United of TBL . Previously he served as an assistant coach for the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League. and as an assistant coach for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Michigan State.
Bell had an excellent college basketball career at Michigan State, appearing in three NCAA Final Fours, and being named Michigan State Defensive Player of the Year, in each of the four years he played there.
Professional playing career
Bell wasn't selected in the NBA draft, but he was signed by the Phoenix Suns, on July 23, 2001, as a free agent, and played five games for them. After being released by the Suns, he signed with the Phoenix Eclipse of the ABA and played four games for them. He initially signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks on January 10, 2002, and was then signed for the remainder of the season on January 15, but only appeared in two games.
After a rather brief stint in the NBA, Bell took his career to Europe to play in the Italian and Spanish Leagues where he was regarded as a star. In March 2002, he signed with Benetton Treviso, of the Italian League, and he won the Italian League championship with Treviso. In the 2002–03 season, he played with Virtus (Kinder) Bologna, but he was injured in December 2002, and was sidelined for most of the season. In August 2003, he signed with Mabo Livorno, also of the Italian League. In July 2004, he signed with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo, of the Spanish League, and he was named to the All-Spanish League First team for the 2004–05 season. He was also the top scorer of the Spanish league, and he was a three time Spanish League player of the month.
Bell signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2005–06 season, and on March 28, 2006, had his best performance since entering the league, recording his first career triple-double in the Bucks' 132–110 win over the Suns. Bell had then-career highs of 19 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead Milwaukee. Bell, who played only seven games in his other NBA season in 2001–02, appeared in 59 games (starting in six) for the Bucks in the 2005–2006 regular season, and finished with averages of 8.4 points, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game. He improved those numbers the following season, to 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per games in 35 minutes on average, while appearing in all 82 games.
On September 17, 2007, being a restricted free agent, Bell signed an offer sheet from the Miami Heat worth $18,500,000 over 5 years. Although he stated that he did not want to play for Milwaukee, they decided to match the offer 3 days later.
On June 22, 2010, Bell, along with Dan Gadzuric, was traded to the Golden State Warriors for Corey Maggette. He was waived by the Warriors under the amnesty clause prior to the 2011–12 NBA season.
On November 3, 2016, Bell was hired by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League to be an assistant coach. Later, Bell was hired by the Iowa Wolves to become an Assistant Coach, this is where he will be for a few years.
Off the court
Bell stars in a popular series of webisodes titled, "Hey Charlie, Do My Job!" in which he takes up a fan's occupation (e.g. working at Wendy's, or being an interior decorator) for a day, as well as a filament winder at Amalga Composites, Inc.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- "Local legend Charlie Bell of Michigan State Flintstones fame hired to coach Flint United". MLive.com. November 16, 2020.
- "Iowa Wolves Finalize Coaching and Basketball Operations Staff". Iowa Wolves. October 13, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
- HEAT: HEAT Sign Charlie Bell to Offer Sheet.
- BUCKS: Bucks re-sign Charlie Bell.
- "Warriors Acquire Charlie Bell And Dan Gadzuric From Milwaukee". NBA.com. June 22, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- "Warriors waived Bell under new amnesty provision". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 11, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
- Charlie Bell signs in Italy with Otto Caserta.
- Wynn, Britney (November 3, 2016). "Legends Add Charlie Bell to Coaching Bench from NBA'S Assistant Coaches Program". NBA.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
- "Flint United Name Charlie Bell As Their First Head Coach". Newsbreak.com. November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 16, 2020.