Bobby Phills

Bobby Ray Phills II (December 20, 1969 – January 12, 2000) was an American professional basketball player. He played shooting guard and small forward for the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phills attended Baton Rouge's Southern University. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.[1] He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1991 NBA draft (45th overall).

After being cut in December 1991 without playing a game for the Bucks, Phills had a stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association before being signed by the Cavaliers and rejoining the NBA late in the 1991–92 season. Over his nine-year career, he averaged 11.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. He was known as a defensive stopper,[2] averaging 1.3 steals per game for his career, and an excellent perimeter shooter, with a 39.0% career three-point shooting percentage.

Bobby Phills
Personal information
BornDecember 20, 1969
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
DiedJanuary 12, 2000 (aged 30)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolSouthern Laboratory School
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
CollegeSouthern (1987–1991)
NBA draft1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1991–2000
PositionShooting guard
Number14, 13
Career history
1991–1993Sioux Falls Skyforce
1992Cleveland Cavaliers
1993Banco Natwest Zaragoza
19921997Cleveland Cavaliers
19972000Charlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,153 (11.0 ppg)
Assists1,246 (2.7 apg)
Steals592 (1.3 spg)
Stats at


Phills attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He led the NCAA in three-point field goals per game (4.39) his senior year.

Professional career

Charlotte Hornets

Player profile

Though he made a name for himself as a shooter during his college career, Phills became known as a tenacious wing defender in the NBA. At 6' 5" and 220 pounds,[3] he was said to more resemble an NFL linebacker than a basketball player.[4] In 1996, Michael Jordan remarked that Phills was the toughest defender he had ever faced.[4]


On January 12, 2000, while a member of the Charlotte Hornets, Phills was killed in a car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina. Phills was traveling behind teammate David Wesley at over 75 mph (121 km/h) when his Porsche spun and crossed into oncoming traffic. It hit another car, which in turn was struck in the rear by a minivan.[5] The drivers of the other two vehicles recovered, while Phills was pronounced dead at the scene.[5] A police report said Phills and Wesley were driving "in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent or aggressive manner."[6] Wesley was later convicted of reckless driving after being cleared of a racing charge.[5]

Personal Life

Phills was survived by his parents, his wife Kendall, and two children; a son Bobby Ray Phills III, known as Trey and a daughter Kerstie. Trey, gained statewide recognition in North Carolina while playing for Charlotte Christian School. He is currently a senior guard for the Yale Bulldogs. Kerstie is a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University.[7]


The Hornets retired his #13 jersey number on February 9, 2000, in a game vs. Phills' former team, the Cavaliers. Phills was the first number that the Hornets franchise had ever retired. It continued to hang for the original Hornets franchise until the end of the first season when the team moved to New Orleans. In 2004, the NBA added an expansion team, the Charlotte Bobcats. After the New Orleans team re-branded themselves as the New Orleans Pelicans, thereby relinquishing the Hornets name and their previous history in Charlotte, the Bobcats became the Hornets and merged the team's past tenures into a new history for the franchise. On November 1, 2014, the newly renamed team rehung his jersey from the rafters of Time Warner Cable Arena.[8][9]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Hornets guard Bobby Phills killed in car wreck, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, January 13, 2000.
  3. ^ An Animal Intensity Cavaliers Guard Bobby Phills Is That Rarest Of Breeds: A Demon On D Who Can Also Nail The Three, Sports Illustrated, January 20, 1997.
  4. ^ a b PRO BASKETBALL; Hornets' Phills Killed in Car Crash, The New York Times, January 13, 2000.
  5. ^ a b c Chris Tomasson, Wesley to Smith: 'Only time heals', Rocky Mountain News, June 13, 2007.
  6. ^ N.B.A.: SAN ANTONIO; Elliott Returns to Practice Following Transplant
  7. ^ Trey Phills Bio - Yale University Retrieved March 10, 2018
  8. ^ "Phills' No. 13 jersey raised again in Charlotte". USA Today. Associated Press. November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "Charlotte Hornets re-hang Bobby Phills' jersey Saturday night". WGHP Fox 8. November 2, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.

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1991 NBA draft

The 1991 NBA draft took place on June 26, 1991, in New York City, New York. Dikembe Mutombo is regarded as the best overall pick in this draft, becoming one of the greatest defensive centers in the history of the league. He was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner and an eight-time All-Star, and played in the league for 18 seasons.Larry Johnson won the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year award and was a two-time All-Star, the first player to represent the Charlotte Hornets franchise at an All-Star game. However, early in his professional career ongoing back problems decreased his effectiveness and caused his numbers to decline dramatically. Due to his chronic back problems, he retired in 2001.

Other notable picks include Kenny Anderson, Steve Smith, Terrell Brandon, Dale Davis and Chris Gatling, who all made All-Star appearances, but with the exception of Brandon at two, each only appeared once.

The remaining picks in the first round failed to make an impact. Billy Owens was selected by the Sacramento Kings but refused to sign with them. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for high-scoring guard Mitch Richmond, a trade that has been regarded as one of the most lopsided in NBA history. Owens was solid but unspectacular in his career, while Richmond was a six-time All-Star and was the 1989 NBA Rookie of the Year. Luc Longley was a three-time NBA Championship winner with the Chicago Bulls and held the record for playing the most NBA games by an Australian (broken by Andrew Bogut during the 2015–16 season).

As of 2011, two players are deceased: Bobby Phills and Bison Dele (drafted as Brian Williams before changing his name). Phills died in a car accident involving teammate David Wesley. Dele disappeared in the South Pacific in July 2002, with French authorities claiming that Dele's brother had killed Dele and his girlfriend and thrown them overboard the catamaran they were travelling on. Dele's brother committed suicide in September 2002.

This was the last draft held in New York City until 2001.

1997–98 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1997–98 NBA season was the tenth season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Hornets signed free agents David Wesley and Bobby Phills, while re-signing former Hornets forward J.R. Reid. Early into the season, they traded Muggsy Bogues to the Golden State Warriors for B.J. Armstrong. The Hornets had another stellar season posting a ten-game winning streak between February and March, as they finished the season third in the Central Division with a 51–31 record, and qualified for their fourth playoff appearance. Glen Rice led them with 22.3 points per game, and was selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. In the playoffs, they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 3–1 in the first round, but were eliminated 1–4 by the eventual NBA champion Chicago Bulls in the Conference Semifinals, despite winning Game 2 at the United Center 78–76.

The Hornets finished second the NBA in attendance for the season. On November 25, 1997, the team's sellout streak would end at 364 consecutive games (371 including post-season contests); This was the second longest active sell-out streak at the time, behind the Chicago Bulls' 465. Following the season, Vlade Divac signed as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings, Matt Geiger signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, and long-time original Hornet Dell Curry signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.

1999–2000 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 12th season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. Despite finishing the previous season with a 26–24 record, the Hornets had the third pick in the 1999 NBA draft, and selected UCLA point guard Baron Davis. The Hornets were competitive through the first half of the season finishing with a respectable 27–20 record heading into the All-Star break. However, tragedy struck on January 12, 2000 when guard Bobby Phills was killed in an automobile accident while racing with teammate David Wesley, who had a suspended license at the time; the Hornets then retired his #13 jersey on February 9 during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Phills' former team.

Despite the loss of Phills, and a 7-game losing streak in January, the Hornets finished the first half of the season strong as Eddie Jones was selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. At midseason, the team acquired Dale Ellis from the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hornets won their final seven games finishing second in the Central Division with a 49–33 record, and qualified for their fifth playoff appearance. They faced the 5th-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, but were eliminated three games to one. The Hornets finished eleventh in the NBA in attendance for the season.

Following the season, Jones, Anthony Mason and second-year guard Ricky Davis were all traded to the Miami Heat, and second-year center Brad Miller signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls. Ellis, who was involved in a trade with the Heat was released, and then retired

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Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team is largely owned by retired NBA player Michael Jordan, who acquired controlling interest in the team in 2010. The Hornets play their home games at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte.

The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn. In 2002, Shinn's franchise relocated to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. In 2004, the NBA established the Charlotte Bobcats, which was regarded as a new expansion team at the time. In 2013, the New Orleans' franchise announced it would rebrand itself the New Orleans Pelicans, ultimately returning the Hornets name, records, and official history (spanning from 1988 to 2002) to Charlotte. The Bobcats were officially renamed the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014–15 season.

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