Sam Vincent

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Sam Vincent
Personal information
Born (1963-05-18) May 18, 1963 (age 55)
Lansing, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Eastern (Lansing, Michigan)
College Michigan State (1981–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1985–1994
Position Point guard
Number 11, 14
Career history
As player:
19851987 Boston Celtics
1987–1988 Seattle SuperSonics
19881989 Chicago Bulls
19891992 Orlando Magic
1993–1994 Aris
As coach:
1999–2000 AEL 1964
2000–2001 EiffelTowers Den Bosch
2001–2003 Mobile Revelers
2005–2006 Fort Worth Flyers
2006–2007 Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
2007–2008 Charlotte Bobcats
2008–2009 Anaheim Arsenal
2014-2016 Manama Club
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,106 (7.8 ppg)
Assists 1,543 (3.9 apg)
Stats at

James Samuel "Sam" Vincent (born May 18, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player and coach

Vincent won the State of Michigan "Mr. Basketball" award in 1981, the first year the award was given. He attended Lansing's Eastern High School, where he scored 61 points in one game as a senior, breaking the previous city scoring record of 54 set by Magic Johnson at Everett High School.

A 6'2" point guard, Vincent followed in the footsteps of his older brother Jay Vincent, attending Michigan State University and earning Sporting News All-America honors in 1985. After graduating from college, he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the twentieth pick of the 1985 NBA draft. He played two seasons for the Celtics, winning an NBA Championship ring as a reserve in 1986, before joining the Seattle SuperSonics, who promptly traded him to the Chicago Bulls for Sedale Threatt. After one-and-a-half solid seasons with the Bulls, he was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1989 NBA expansion draft, and he finished his NBA career with the Magic in 1992. He scored 3,106 points and tallied 1,543 assists during his seven-year tenure in the league.

Shortly after retiring, Vincent worked at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World. During the late 1990s, he coached basketball in South Africa, and he has also coached in Greece, Netherlands, Nigeria, and the NBDL. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, he led the Nigerian women's basketball team to a 68–64 victory over South Korea, which was the first ever victory by an African nation in an Olympic women's basketball contest.

Coaching career[edit]

He was coach of the Fort Worth Flyers in the 2005–06 season. Shortly after coaching the Nigeria men's team to the second round of the 2006 FIBA World Championship (including a shocking upset of traditional power Serbia and Montenegro), he was hired as an assistant coach by the Dallas Mavericks.

On May 25, 2007 Vincent was introduced as the new head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA.[1] On April 26, 2008 Vincent was relieved of his head coaching duties.[2] Later that year, Vincent was named the head coach of the Anaheim Arsenal of the NBA Development League.

Nigerian national basketball team[edit]

He assumed coachig the D'Tigress at the 2004 summer olympics. He led the team to an 68-64 victory over south-Korea, the victory was the first victory by an African side in the women's basketball event in the Olympics. In 2005, Sam Vincent led the Nigerian Women Basketball team to their second tournament victory in the FIBA African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket).

He returned as the team's head Coach in 2017. He lead the team to a 100 per cent performance in the 2017 FIBA African women's basketball tournament Afrobasket in Bamako, Mali. The team clinched their third Afrobasket title by defeating Senegal by 65-48 points in the final and consequently qualifying for the FIBA women's basketball World cup in Spain.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

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
Charlotte 2007–08 82 32 50 .390 4th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 82 32 50 .390


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