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About Sam Vincent

James Samuel "Sam" Vincent (born May 18, 1963 in Lansing, Michigan) is a retired American professional basketball player and the former head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. In 2008 Sam was named the head coach of the Anaheim Arsenal of the NBA Developmental league.

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.

During the 2007-2008 NBA Season, Sam served as Head Coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.

College Michigan State (1981–1985)
NBA Draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1985–1994
Career history
As player:
1985–1987 Boston Celtics
1987–1988 Seattle SuperSonics
1988–1989 Chicago Bulls
1989–1992 Orlando Magic
1993–1994 Aris (Greece)

As coach:
1999–2000 AEL 1964 (Greece)
2000–2001 EiffelTowers Den Bosch (Netherlands)
2001–2003 Mobile Revelers (NBA D-League)
2004 Nigeria national women's team
2005–2006 Fort Worth Flyers (NBA D-League)
2007–2008 Charlotte Bobcats
2008–2009 Anaheim Arsenal (NBA D-League)

Career highlights and awards

NBA champion (1986)
Mr. Basketball of Michigan (1981)

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