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Brian Winters

This article is about the basketball coach. For the American football player, see Brian Winters (American football). For the American soccer player, see Brian Winters (soccer).
Brian Winters
Personal information
Born (1952-03-01) March 1, 1952 (age 63)
Rockaway, New York
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Archbishop Molloy (Queens, New York)
College South Carolina (1971–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 1974–1983
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 20, 32
Career history
As player:
1974–1975 Los Angeles Lakers
19751983 Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
1984–1986 Princeton (assistant)
19861993 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
19931995 Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
19951997 Vancouver Grizzlies
1997–1998 Denver Nuggets (assistant)
19992002 Golden State Warriors (assistant)
2001–2002 Golden State Warriors (interim)
20042007 Indiana Fever (WNBA)
2012–2013 Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 10,537 (16.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,688 (2.6 rpg)
Assists 2,674 (4.1 apg)
Stats at

Brian Joseph Winters (born March 1, 1952) is an American former basketball player and coach. He attended academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, New York, graduating in 1970. He then played collegiately with the University of South Carolina and was the 12th pick in the 1974 NBA Draft, taken by the Los Angeles Lakers. He made the NBA All-Rookie Team with the Lakers, and was then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the trade that brought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers. He had a productive, if unspectacular, nine-year career that included two appearances in the NBA All-Star Game and playing on six playoffs teams. Winters averaged 16.2 points and 4.1 assists over his career, with his best years coming from 1975 to 1979 when he averaged over 19 points and slightly less than 5 assists per game. His number 32 was retired by the Bucks.[1]

After retiring from the NBA, Winters became an assistant coach for two years under legendary coach Pete Carril at Princeton. From there, he moved on to become an assistant coach under Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 7 years and Atlanta Hawks for two more. Next, he was the inaugural coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies for a year and a half. Later, Winters coached with the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. He was formerly the head coach of the WNBA's Indiana Fever, leading them to their first ever consecutive-year playoff appearances.

On October 26, 2007, Winters option wasn't picked up by the Indiana Fever, ending his four-year tenure with the club.[2] He compiled a 78–58 record in the regular season to go with a 5–7 playoff record. He was a scout for the Indiana Pacers for several seasons until he was let go during the NBA lockout in August 2011.[3] He spent the 2012–13 season as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats.[4]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
VAN 1995–96 15 67 .183 7th in Midwest Division
VAN 1996–97 8 35 .186 7th in Midwest Division
GSW 2001/02 13 46 .220 7th in Pacific Division
3 seasons 36 148 .196 - - - - -

Source: Brian Winters Coaching Record –


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Preceded by
Nell Fortner
Indiana Fever head coach
Succeeded by
Lin Dunn