Matt Guokas Sr.

Matthew Guokas Sr.
Personal information
Born (1915-11-11)November 11, 1915
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died December 9, 1993(1993-12-09) (aged 78)
Flourtown, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Joseph's
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Saint Joseph's (1934–1938)
Playing career 1938–1947
Position Forward
Number 14
Career history
1938–1939 Wilkes-Barre Barons
1941–1945 Trenton Tigers
1946–1947 Philadelphia Warriors
Career highlights and awards

Matthew George Guokas Sr. (November 11, 1915 – December 9, 1993) was an American professional basketball player and broadcaster. He was the son of Lithuanian immigrants.[1]

A 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) forward from Saint Joseph's University, Guokas played one season of professional basketball with the Philadelphia Warriors of the BAA (a precursor to the NBA). He averaged 1.7 points during the Warriors' 1946–47 championship season. After losing his right leg in an automobile accident, Guokas turned to broadcasting, and he served as an announcer for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles from 1953 to 1985.

His son Matt Guokas Jr. played in the NBA from 1966 to 1976, and later coached the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic and worked as a broadcaster for the NBA on NBC and other sports networks.

Guokas and his son, Matt Jr., were the first father-son duo to both win NBA championships as players; this feat has since been repeated by the Barrys (Rick and Brent), the Waltons (Bill and Luke) and the Thompsons (Mychal and Klay).

BAA career statistics

  GP Games played
 FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage
 APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game
Denotes season in which Goukas won a BAA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 Philadelphia 47.269.553.21.7
Career 47.269.553.21.7


Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1946–47 Philadelphia 8.111.400.0.5
Career 8.111.400.0.5


  1. Wessel, Harry (October 15, 1992). "Coach Matt Guokas – Cool, In Control". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
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