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Matthew Guokas
Shooting guard / Small forward
Born February 25, 1944 (1944-02-25) (age 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
College Saint Joseph's
Draft 9th overall, 1st round, 1966
Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 1966–1976
Former teams Philadelphia 76ers (1966–1971)
Cincinnati Royals(1971–1972)
Kansas City-Omaha Kings(1972–1973)
Buffalo Braves (1973)
Chicago Bulls(1973–1974)
Houston Rockets (1974)
Chicago Bulls(1974–1975)
Kansas City Kings (1975–1976)

Matthew George "Matt"/"Matty" Guokas, Jr. (born February 25, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; last name pronounced /ˈɡuːkəs/) is a former American professional basketball player and coach.




Playing career

Guokas played on the 1967 Philadelphia 76ers team, featuring Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Chet Walker and Billy Cunningham, that ended the eight-year championship streak of the Boston Celtics. He also played with the Buffalo Braves, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Royals, Houston Rockets, and Kansas City Kings, all of the NBA. In the 1972-73 season, Guokas finished second (to Chamberlain) in the NBA in field goal percentage with a 0.570 mark.

Coaching and Broadcasting

Guokas later coached the Sixers as well as the Orlando Magic, compiling a 230-305 career record. He currently works as a TV color commentator and sports analyst for the Magic on FS Florida and Sun Sports cable channels, teaming with veteran NBA and college sportscaster David Steele. He has also served as a color commentator for NBA on NBC broadcasts during the 1990s and was a color commentator for the Cleveland Cavaliers for Fox Sports Ohio cable channel for a number of years in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Matt and his father, the late Matt Guokas, Sr., were the first father-son duo to both win NBA championships as players; this feat has since been repeated by Rick Barry (with the 1975 NBA champion Golden State Warriors) and Brent Barry (with the 2005 and 2007 NBA champions San Antonio Spurs) and by Bill Walton (with the 1977 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers and 1986 NBA champion Boston Celtics) and Luke Walton (with the 2009 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers).

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