Paul Douglas Westphal is an American basketball player, head coach and commentator. Westphal played in the National Basketball Association from 1972 to 1984. Playing as a goalie, he won the NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974. Westphal again played in the 1976 NBA Finals as a member of the Phoenix Suns. His NBA career also included games with the Seattle SuperSonics and the New York Knicks. In addition to being selected for the All-Star 5 times, Westphal has won 3 times by being selected for the All-NBA first team and once honored for the second team. After his competitive career ended, Westphal coached Southwest Baptist Bible College, Grand Canyon University and Pepperdine University, and was head coach of the Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings in the NBA. Westphal coached the Suns to the NBA Finals in 1993. In 2019, Westphal was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Fame Hall of Fame.
|Born||November 30, 1950, Torrance, California|
|Died||January 2, 2021, Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in|
|Listed weight||195 lb|
|High school||Aviation (Redondo Beach, California)|
|NBA draft||1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10, Boston Celtics|
5-time NBA All-Star guard from 1977 to 1981 for the Phoenix Suns and Seattle SuperSonics. After retirement, he went on to coach for both the Suns and SuperSonics.
He attended the University of Southern California before being drafted 10th overall by the Boston Celtics.
He made many memorable plays in game 5 of the 1976 Finals as a member of the Boston Celtics, a game many considered to be the greatest basketball game ever played.
His wife Cindy was treated for an undisclosed illness in 2010.
He coached Charles Barkley and the rest of the Phoenix Suns to a Finals appearance in his first season as head coach.
- Seattle SuperSonics head coach
- Sacramento Kings head coach
- Brooklyn Nets assistant coach
- Head coach Phoenix Suns
- Pepperdine Waves Men's basketball coach
- Men's basketball coach of the Grand Canyon Antelopes
- Dallas Mavericks assistant coach
- Sports athletes in Redondo Beach, California
- Basketball players at the 1971 Pan Am Games
- Assistant Coach Phoenix Suns
- Sports athlete from Torrance, California
- USC Trojans men's basketball players
- National Basketball Association players with retirement numbers
- Seattle SuperSonics players
- Selected Boston Celtics project
- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is introduced
- Phoenix Suns player
- National All-Star Basketball Association
- Boston Celtics players
- Pan American Games competitors for the United States
- New York Knicks players
- Sports bulletin on American television
- College basketball announcer in the United States
Latest information about Paul Westphal updated on June 14 2021.