Maurice Edward “Mo” Cheeks (born September 8, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player and currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the head coach of the Detroit Pistons from June 10, 2013, to February 9, 2014. Prior to that he was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers from May 23, 2005 to December 13, 2008, and the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from the start of the 2001–02 season until March 2, 2005.
After college, Cheeks was selected as the 36th pick in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, He earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, and he helped the 76ers earn three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s (1980, 1982, and 1983), including one NBA championship in 1983. While starting at point guard for a Sixers team that at times included stars such as Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, and Charles Barkley, Cheeks was well regarded for his unselfish team play and excellent defensive skills. As a result, he was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983 to 1986, and then earned a spot on the second team in 1987.
In NBA history, Cheeks ranks fifth all-time in steals and eleventh all-time in assists. At the time of his retirement from the NBA in 1993, Cheeks was the NBA all-time leader in steals and ranked fifth all-time in assists. He averaged 11.7 points per game for his career and notched over 2 steals per contest.
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Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (1983)
4× NBA All-Star (1983, 1986–1988)
4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1983–1986)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1987)
No. 10 retired by the Philadelphia 76ers