Maurice Edward Cheeks was born on September 8,1956 and is an American professional basketball coach and former player who serves as assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.
25 Facts About Maurice Cheeks
Maurice Cheeks has served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.
Maurice Cheeks was born in Chicago, and attended DuSable High School.
Maurice Cheeks attended West Texas State University from 1974 to 1978.
Maurice Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, Maurice Cheeks earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, and he helped the 76ers to three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s, including an NBA championship in 1983.
Maurice Cheeks was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983 to 1986, and earned a spot on the second team in 1987.
Maurice Cheeks was selected with the 36th pick in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Maurice Cheeks would be selected to three more All-Star appearances from 1986 to 1988.
Maurice Cheeks played one more season for the 76ers; they were back in the playoffs but got swept in the first round by the New York Knicks.
At 33 years old, Maurice Cheeks was aging and in the twilight of his career but he still played well for the Spurs and averaged 10.9 points for his time in San Antonio.
Maurice Cheeks played 50 games for the club and was the starting point guard.
On February 21,1990 Maurice Cheeks was traded to the New York Knicks for Rod Strickland.
Maurice Cheeks played the remainder of the season in New York, averaging 7.9 points in 31 games for the franchise.
Maurice Cheeks became an unrestricted free agent in the 1992 off-season and did not re-sign with the Hawks.
Maurice Cheeks averaged a career-low 3.6 points for the season and he only played 35 games for the franchise.
Maurice Cheeks was inducted into the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Maurice Cheeks averaged 11.7 points and over 2 steals per game for his career.
Maurice Cheeks coached under head coaches John Lucas, Johnny Davis, and Larry Brown, and he was an instrumental part of the Philadelphia team that reached the 2001 NBA Finals.
Maurice Cheeks led the team to two playoff berths in four years as coach, but could not get past the first round.
In 2005, Maurice Cheeks was named as head coach of the 76ers.
Maurice Cheeks was popular among Sixers fans because of his eleven-year tenure with the Sixers, during which he helped guide the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship.
On June 10,2013, Maurice Cheeks agreed to become the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
On June 29,2015, Maurice Cheeks returned to the Thunder as an assistant coach.
On November 14,2020, Maurice Cheeks was hired by the Chicago Bulls as an assistant coach following the team's hiring of Billy Donovan.
On September 7,2018, Maurice Cheeks was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player.