When NBA Coaches Were Players

Paul Westphal
Text: Ben Glicksman
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Paul Westphal

Westphal was a five-time NBA All-Star who averaged 16 points per game during his 12-year career. He also enjoyed immediate success as a coach, guiding Charles Barkley and the Suns to the Finals in his first season, where they lost to the Bulls. Westphal led Phoenix to the playoffs every season of his four-year tenure with the team, but never again reached the Finals. He also coached Seattle and Pepperdine before taking over in Sacramento in 2009.

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