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Clifton Reece Gaines (born January 7, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach at Austin Spurs.

Reece Gaines
Reece Gaines.jpg
Gaines in 2005.
Austin Spurs
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1981-01-07) January 7, 1981 (age 38)
Madison, Wisconsin
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolMadison West
(Madison, Wisconsin)
CollegeLouisville (1999–2003)
NBA draft2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career2003–2012
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
Number22, 4, 34
Coaching career2012–present
Career history
As player:
2003–2004Orlando Magic
2004–2005Houston Rockets
2005–2006Milwaukee Bucks
2006–2007Angelico Biella
2007Armani Jeans Milano
2007–2008Benetton Treviso
2008–2009Angelico Biella
2009–2010Bakersfield Jam
2010Texas Legends
2010–2011JA Vichy
2012Fürstenfeld Panthers
2012Guaros de Lara
As coach:
2012–2015Bellarmine (assistant)
2015–2019Eastern Kentucky (assistant)
2019–presentAustin Spurs (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

High school and college careerEdit

Gaines, a 6'6", 205 lb (1.98 m, 93 kg) shooting guard, played high school basketball at Madison West in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. He then played four years at University of Louisville, earning AP All-America 3rd team honors his senior season while leading the Cardinals to a 25-7 win-loss record. He's considered one of the best all-time shooting guards for the Louisville Cardinal basketball program. He ranks among the top-five Louisville leaders in made three-point field goals (225), free throws (456), and assists (475).[1][2] Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat once called Reece Gaines "the best college basketball player he ever faced".[3][4]

NBA careerEdit

Gaines was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the first round (15th overall) of the 2003 NBA draft and signed with the club on July 18, 2003. He spent one season on the bench in Orlando (1.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 38 games) before being traded to the Houston Rockets (along with Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard and Tyronn Lue) in exchange for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato.[5]

Gaines played ten games with the Rockets (2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.3 assists per game), spending the majority of his time on the injured list. He was traded again on February 24, 2005 (with two future second-round picks) to the Milwaukee Bucks for Mike James and Zendon Hamilton.[6] Gaines saw even less playing time with the Bucks during the second half of the 2004–05 season, playing a total of 79 minutes (1.4 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists) in 11 games. Gaines's playing time decreased even more with the Bucks in the 2005–06 season, appearing in 12 games, and playing 52 minutes (1.1 points, no rebounds, 0.3 assists).

International careerEdit

In 2006, he moved to Italy where he played for Angelico Biella, Armani Jeans Milano and Benetton Treviso. In 2009, he joined the Bakersfield Jam, with whom he averaged 14.3 points and 4.0 assists per game. In December 2010 he signed with JA Vichy in France.[7] In January 2012 Gaines signed a 30-day contract with the Fürstenfeld Panthers in Austria.[8] On February 2, 2012, the Panthers announced that the contract with Gaines would not be extended.[9]

Coaching careerEdit

In 2012, Gaines was hired as an assistant coach at Bellarmine University, where he coached for three seasons.[10] While at Bellarmine, he helped the Knights to three straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 and a Final Four trip.

In 2015, Gaines became an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University.[11] In 2018, Gaines was named acting coach after Head Coach Dan McHale's contract was terminated.[12]

On November 5, 2019, the Austin Spurs announced that they had named Gaines as assistant coach.[13]


  1. ^ Reece Gaines Profile - Louisville Cardinals Official Athletic Site Archived 2013-12-18 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 5 Best Louisville Basketball Players of the Rick Pitino Era | A Gathering Place For Bluegrass Sports & Fine Kentucky Bourbon
  3. ^ Dwyane Wade Calls Reece Gaines The Best College Player He Faced - Card Chronicle
  4. ^ Gaines happy to be a Knight - News, Weather & Sports
  5. ^ Francis' meeting with Magic triggers trade
  6. ^ Knicks land Rose, Taylor, draft picks
  7. ^ Reece Gaines en renfort à la JAV Archived 2011-01-12 at the Wayback Machine (in French)
  8. ^ Die Panthers verstärken sich mit einem Aussenspieler Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Kaderveraenderungen bei den Panthers Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Bellarmine hires former Louisville basketball great Reece Gaines as assistant coach
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  13. ^ "AUSTIN SPURS ANNOUNCE 2019-20 COACHING STAFF ADDITIONS". November 5, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.

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