Paul Pressey

American basketball player-coach

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Paul Pressey
Pressey at a banquet event in June 2016
Personal information
Born (1958-12-24) December 24, 1958 (age 62)
Richmond, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolGeorge Wythe
(Richmond, Virginia)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1982–1993
PositionSmall forward
Number25, 8, 5
Coaching career1994–2016
Career history
As player:
19821990Milwaukee Bucks
19901992San Antonio Spurs
1992–1993Golden State Warriors
As coach:
19921994Golden State Warriors (assistant)
19942000San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
20002004Orlando Magic (assistant)
20042006Boston Celtics (assistant)
20072010New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20102013Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
20142016Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points7,664 (10.6 ppg)
Rebounds2,798 (3.9 rpg)
Assists3,715 (5.1 apg)
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Paul Matthew Pressey (born December 24, 1958) is an American former professional basketball player who previously was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Pressey is widely, though unofficially, credited with being the originator of the point forward position, combining the attributes of a point guard and forward.

In 1979, while at Western Texas, Pressey and his teammates went 37-0 and won the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.[1]

In 1982, while playing for Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's basketball, Pressey was awarded MVC Player of the Year after averaging 13.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.2 steals.[2]

While playing small forward for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1980s, Pressey took on many of the ball handling duties, even leading the team in assists for five straight years. As a rookie on March 26, 1983, Pressey scored a season-high 23 points and recorded 4 steals in a 89-81 victory against the New York Knicks.[3] A renowned defender throughout his career, Pressey was named to the All-NBA Defensive Team three times, and was top 20 in the league in defensive rating, an advanced metric, four consecutive seasons from 1982-83 to 1985-86.[4] He participated in the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, finishing in 6th place out of 8. During his tenure in Milwaukee, alongside hall-of-famers Sidney Moncrief, Bob Lanier, and Marques Johnson, Pressey and the Bucks reached the Eastern Conference Finals three times, although they never advanced to the NBA Finals.[5]

On February 19, 1986, Pressey scored 26 points on 11-15 shooting and recorded 11 assists while leading the Bucks to a 124-107 victory against the Dallas Mavericks.[6] Pressey recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 16 assists in Game 5 of the 1986 Eastern Conference Semifinals versus the Philadelphia 76ers on May 7, 1986.[7] The Bucks would win the series in 7 games, before being eliminated in the Conference Finals by the Celtics in the next round.

On November 7, 1988, Pressey played 48 minutes, the entire game, due to injuries to various teammates and scored 21 points, while recording 8 assists and grabbing 6 rebounds, in a loss against the New Jersey Nets.[8]

On August 1, 1990, Pressey was traded to San Antonio for Frank Brickowski.[9]

In 1992–93, he came out of retirement while an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors to help the team deal with many injuries to other players. He played 18 games before getting injured too.

During the 1998-99 season, Pressey won a championship as an assistant coach for the Spurs.[10]

His daughter Angie [11] attended the University of California, Berkeley and was a member of the Golden Bear volleyball squad that was a semifinalist at the women's 2007 NCAA Final Four. His sons Jeremiah (Paul Jr.)[12] and Phil[13] played basketball for Missouri.[14] Phil played for multiple teams in the NBA from 2013-2016, and now plays in Europe.[15]

In 2010, Pressey became an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers.[16] He served in that role until 2013.[17] In September 16, 2014; he was added to Byron Scott's coaching staff for the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2019, he became an assistant coach for St Johns University.[18]

In a September 2019 interview, while looking back on being drafted and then playing a relatively long NBA career, Pressey said “It was a dream but a far-fetched dream. I wanted it to happen but felt that I would just get my degree and maybe get into coaching. I thought that I might get picked in the 2nd or 3rd round but never thought I would go in the 1st round.”[19]


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  11. ^ Angie Pressey Archived 2007-12-14 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  12. ^ "Matt Pressey". University of Missouri Sports Information. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  13. ^ Phil Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Phil Pre". University of Missouri Sports Information. Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
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  16. ^ NBA transactions, 2010–11. Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
  17. ^ Cleveland Cavaliers might move quickly to court Mike Brown before other teams do, NBA source tells Plain Dealer
  18. ^ "St. John's adds Pressey, DeMeo to coaching staff". Newsday. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
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