Taken out of the University of Southern California with the 10th overall pick of the 1972 NBA draft, Westphal would go on to win a title with the Celtics in 1974 before being traded to the Phoenix Suns the following year. He would meet his former team in the NBA Finals in 1976, and after his playing days ended, would have a long career as a renowned NBA head coach. His last position in the league was as an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets in 2016, but he will be remembered long after.
We look back at the career of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, the late Paul Westphal.pic.twitter.com/3GBxNUkPdP
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) January 3, 2021
Watch the video embedded above to learn more about Westphal’s career as a player and coach in the league in memory of his passing yesterday after a long bout with cancer.
Celtic champion Paul Westphal passes at 70 after bout with cancer
Ex-Celtic champion Paul Westphal diagnosed with brain cancer
On this day: Fitch hired; Westphal/Scott trade; 'Beat L.A.' chant born
On this day: Paul Westphal drafted; Chuck Connors born