Matt Guokas

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Matt Guokas
Personal information
Born (1944-02-25) February 25, 1944 (age 73)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Joseph's Prep
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Saint Joseph's (1964–1966)
NBA draft 1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1966–1976
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 14, 24, 11, 4, 10
Career history
As player:
19661970 Philadelphia 76ers
1970–1971 Chicago Bulls
19711973 Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1973–1974 Houston Rockets
1974 Buffalo Braves
19741975 Chicago Bulls
1975–1976 Kansas City Kings
As coach:
19821985 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
19851988 Philadelphia 76ers
19891993 Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As assistant coach:

  • NBA champion (1983)
Career statistics
Points 4,285 (5.8 ppg)
Rebounds 1,446 (2.0 rpg)
Assists 2,174 (3.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Matthew George Guokas Jr. (/ˈɡkəs/; born February 25, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player and coach.

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Guokas played college basketball for hometown Saint Joseph's University, where he set many school records in assists and steals.[1] He was an American as a junior in 1966, and graduated in 1967.[2] After SJU, Guokas was selected in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers team and played for the team featuring Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Chet Walker and Billy Cunningham that ended the eight-year championship streak of the Boston Celtics. He also played with the Buffalo Braves, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Royals, Houston Rockets, and Kansas City Kings, all of the NBA. In the 1972–73 season, Guokas finished second (to Chamberlain) in the NBA in field goal percentage with a .570 clip during that season.

Coaching and broadcasting[edit]

Guokas later coached the Sixers and was the first coach of the Orlando Magic, compiling a combined 230–305 career record. He formerly worked as a TV color commentator and sports analyst for the Magic on FS Florida and Sun Sports cable channels, teaming with veteran NBA and college sportscaster David Steele. He also served as a color commentator for NBA on NBC broadcasts during the 1990s and was a color commentator for the Cleveland Cavaliers for Fox Sports Ohio cable channel for a number of years in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Matt and his father, Matt Guokas Sr., were the first father-son duo to both win NBA championships as players; this feat has since been repeated by the Barrys (Rick and Brent), the Waltons (Bill and Luke) and the Thompsons (Mychal and Klay).

Head coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
PHI 1985–86 82 54 28 .659 2nd in Atlantic 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
PHI 1986–87 82 45 37 .549 2nd in Atlantic 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
PHI 1987–88 43 20 23 .465 (fired)
ORL 1989–90 82 18 64 .220 7th in Central Missed Playoffs
ORL 1990–91 82 31 51 .378 4th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
ORL 1991–92 82 21 61 .256 7th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
ORL 1992–93 82 41 41 .500 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Career 535 230 305 .430 17 8 9 .471

Family[edit]

Three generations of the Guokas family have played basketball for Saint Joseph's University: Matt Sr. (1935–1938), Matt Jr. (1964–1966), and Matt III (1989–1992).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Saint Joseph's University Athletics. 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bio: Matt Guokas, Jr.". St. Joseph's University. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 

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