July 30, 1948 |
River Edge, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||River Dell (Oradell, New Jersey)|
St. John's (1968–1970)
|NBA draft||1970 / Round: 7 / Pick: 103rd overall|
|Selected by the San Diego Rockets|
|Pro playing career||1970–1985|
|1970–1975||New York Nets (ABA)|
|1975–1980||San Antonio Spurs (ABA and NBA)|
|1983||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career ABA and NBA statistics|
|Points||13,099 (11.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||8,959 (8.0 rpg)|
|Blocks||1,457 (1.5 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Paultz played college basketball at Cameron Junior College and then at Saint John's University, and was selected in the seventh round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets and by the Virginia Squires in the 1970 ABA Draft. Paultz opted to sign with the Squires. On August 11, 1970 the Squires traded his rights to the New York Nets in exchange for a draft choice and cash.2
As a rookie, Paultz made his first playoff appearance in 1970-1971 with the New York Nets. He spent his first five seasons, all in the playoffs, with the ABA Nets, and was a key player in their 1974 championship season. He was then traded to the San Antonio Spurs where he made four appearances in the playoffs, including one in an ABA championship final from 1975–1979.
Although Paultz moved with a bulky stiffness, he was a very heady player. He was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he played for two and a half seasons, and he teamed with Moses Malone to make the 1980-81 finals. During the 1982-83 season, (without Malone), and with the Rockets in last place, he was placed on waivers and picked up by the playoff-bound Spurs. In 1984, he was a late season pickup by the playoff bound Atlanta Hawks He finished his career with the Utah Jazz in 1985.
A three time ABA All-Star, Paultz led the ABA in blocked shots during the 1975-1976 season.
About his play, Paultz stated, "I have realized that I'm not an overpowering type center. I don't really know what my category is. I have always been the type of player that can do a little bit of everything."
- Skevin, Tom. "A Nets fan reminisces", The Record, January 27, 2004. "I go back to when Billy Paultz of River Edge was a rookie. I was surprised in the 1970-71 season when I saw that the 6-foot-11 Whopper didn't even jump center - the much shorter Sonny Dove did."
- RememberTheABA.com Virginia Squires detailed year by year notes page
- Roe, Bob (March 1985). "A Pete Rose by Any Other Name Would Play as Sweet". Orange Coast Magazine 11 (3): 138. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
- Billy Paultz player profile, Basketball Reference. Accessed December 5, 2006.