|Born||May 18, 1963|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Eastern (Lansing, Michigan)|
|College||Michigan State (1981–1985)|
|NBA draft||1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1999–2000||Gymnastikos S. Larissas|
|2000–2001||EiffelTowers Den Bosch|
|2005–2006||Fort Worth Flyers|
|2006–2007||Dallas Mavericks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,106 (7.8 ppg)|
|Assists||1,543 (3.9 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
James Samuel Vincent (born May 18, 1963) is an American former 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.
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. On April 26, 2008 Vincent was relieved of his head coaching duties. Later that year, Vincent was named the head coach of the Anaheim Arsenal of the NBA Development League.
Nigerian national basketball team
Vincent assumed coaching the D'Tigress at the 2004 summer olympics. He led the team to a 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).
Vincent returned as the team's head coach in 2017. He led 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.
Vincent had his appointment as head coach of the Nigeria Women's Basketball Team terminated by the Nigeria Basketball Federation on Thursday, August 2 while the team was preparing for the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.
Head coaching record
|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 %|
|Charlotte||2007–08||82||32||50||.390||4th in Southeast||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
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- Bobcats fire Sam Vincent; is Brown interested?
- "Sam Vincent|: Beating the Odds". 9 September 2017.
- "BREAKING: Nigeria D'Tigress Head Coach Sam Vincent fired! | BWB". www.basketballwithinborders.com. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
- "Former NBA player Sam Vincent signed as coach of Bahrain's national basketball team | TOB". www.timeoutbahrain.com. Retrieved 2020-02-16.