Born on 5th March 1964 in La Porte, Indiana, Scott Skiles is a record holder in NBA with the most assists in a game: 30 assists in a season helped him bag NBA's Most Improved Player Award in the 1990-1991 seasons. He also played in the NBA for 10 seasons as a point guard from 1986-1997. His height is 6.1 feet. This article outlines his pro-basketball career as a player, not as a coach.
Skiles' score of 39 points and a long 6.7 meter basket shot just as the end buzzer blew helped Plymouth High School win the Indiana State Championship in 1982, with a close 75-74 win over the favorite team Gary Roosevelt. He had the record for the most points in a home game (63) and in an away game (76), and also the school's all time high scorer with 1788 points, a record unbroken until 2005.
Attending Michigan State University, Skiles in his senior year was a 1st Team All-America selection, the Big Ten Conference MVP as well as the scoring champion. When he left, he was MSU's all-time career scoring leader with 2,145 points and the record for most points scored in a season – 850. His career was marred by arrest following felony charges for possessing cocaine and marijuana. A year later, he was arrested, charged and jailed for driving drunk.
Skiles was chosen by The Milwaukee Bucks as the 22nd selection of the 1986 NBA draft. The next season he was signed by the Indiana Pacers playing 50 games scoring an average of 4.4, an improvement over his last stint with the Bucks (where he scored an average of 3.8). With 80 games played in 1988-1989, he averaged 6.8 points.
Skiles joined Orlando Magic in 1989, scoring an average of 7.7 points in 70 games. In 1990-1991, he had a career high of 17.2 points in average of 79 games. Skiles made a record on December 30th 1990 by racking up 30 assists in his team's 155-116 victory against Denver Nuggets, the same year he was awarded NBA's Most Improved Player Award. The next year he had only an average of 14.1 points in 75 games, but bounced back in 1992-1993 with an average of 15.4 points and a career high 9.4 assists in 78 games. Playing 82 games in 1993-1994, Skiles had just 9.9 points on average disappointingly. He was then traded to Washington Bullets in 1994-1995, where in 62 games he had 13 points on average per game. His stint with Philadelphia 76ers was also low scoring, with 6.3 points averaged in 10 games.
Skiles would also go on to play with the Greek league team PAOK in 1996 following an injury, initially struggling but later being both a player and a coach leading them to the 3rd place in the Greek League and qualifying them for the next year's Euroleague. That is when his coaching career began as well upon returning to the US.
His wife is Kim Skiles, with whom he has three children. His salary info isn't available as of now, but his net worth is approximately $15 million. His twitter @scottskiles has 102 followers and can be followed for updates.