Stephen Silas

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Stephen Silas
Charlotte Hornets
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born 1973
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Career information
College Brown (1992–1996)
Coaching career 1999–present
Career history
As coach:
19992000 Charlotte Hornets (scout)
20002002 Charlotte Hornets (assistant)
2002–2003 New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20032005 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
20052006 Washington Wizards (scout)
20062010 Golden State Warriors (assistant)
2010–present Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (assistant)

Stephen Silas is an American basketball coach, currently working as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] He is the son of longtime NBA head coach Paul Silas.

Silas served as an assistant coach under his father for the Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Hornets from 2000 to 2003, for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 to 2005. He also served as an advance scout for the Washington Wizards during the 2005–06 season, and as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors from 2006 to 2010, before leaving to rejoin his father with the Bobcats.

Early career[edit]

Silas was born in Boston, and grew up in Boston and New York City. He graduated from Brown University in 1996 with bachelor's degrees in sociology and management. While studying, he played four seasons for university's basketball team. After graduation and before joining the NBA, Silas spent three years as the assistant executive director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) in Providence, Rhode Island.

Coaching career[edit]

During the 2011–12 NBA season, on several occasions Stephen Silas served as the head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats[2] and at the end of the season was extended an opportunity to interview for the position of head coach.[3]

Prior to joining the Bobcats, Silas spent more than five years coaching with the Golden State Warriors. He has been an NBA assistant coach and scout for more than 10 years. He didn't only work with his father, but also worked for legendary Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson. With the Warriors, Silas concentrated on the development of perimeter players as well as game preparation and managing the team's offensive and defensive playbook. One of these perimeter players included two time MVP Stephen Curry. He also served as the head coach of Golden State's Summer League entry in Las Vegas.

Prior to joining the Warriors, Silas served as an advance scout for the Washington Wizards during the 2005–06 season after spending five seasons on the coaching staffs of his father, Paul Silas, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and both Hornets' franchises. The younger Silas served as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers from 2003 to 2005, where he was charged with individual skill work, player development, game preparation, pre-game walkthroughs as well as the management and development of the technology and NBA scouting systems for the coaching staff. Silas also served as head coach for the Cavaliers 2003 Summer League teams in Boston and Orlando.

Silas also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets prior to joining the Cavaliers. At the time of his hiring as an assistant with the Hornets on June 5, 2000, he was the youngest assistant in the NBA at the age of 27. Silas originally joined the Hornets in the summer of 1999 as an advance and college scout, scouting nearly 200 NBA and college games in that role. He also served as the head coach for the Hornets Summer League squad at the 2002 Orlando Summer Pro League. In addition to his work with NBA teams, Silas coached at the 2003 and 2007 NBA Pre-Draft camps.[4]

International coaching[edit]

Internationally, Silas has worked at many camps and clinics across the globe to help promote the game of basketball and the NBA. Recently, he served as coach at the Korea Development Camp in Seoul, working in conjunction with the NBA and Korean Basketball League. In 2008, he served as a coach at the NBA's Basketball Without Borders camp in Africa, as well as in Beijing during the summer of 2005. And in 2004, he represented the NBA Coaches Association at the Dirk Nowitzki Basketball Academy in Berlin, Germany.[5]


Stephen and his wife, Keryl, are the parents of two young daughters, Kyler Elyse and Kaelyn [6]

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