Gilles, in 1980.
|Born||May 5, 1945|
|Died||November 18, 2014 (aged 69)|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
Alain Gilles (May 5, 1945 – November 18, 2014) was a French professional basketball player and coach. Standing at 1.88 m (6' 2") tall, Gilles played at the point guard and shooting guard positions.
His number 4 jersey was retired by ASVEL, and the club's logo was also designed in his honor. In 1991, Gilles was included in the FIBA's 50 Greatest Players list. The Alain Gilles Trophy (The Best French Player award) is named after him, in his honor. He was named The Best French Basketball Player of the 20th Century, by a panel of players, coaches, and journalists. He was nicknamed "Monsieur Basket" (English: "Mr. Basket").
Gilles played with the French club Chorale Roanne, from 1962 to 1965, and the French club ASVEL Basket, from 1965 to 1986. During his pro club career, he won 8 French League championships, 2 French Cups, and 3 French League Player of the Year awards.
National team career
Gilles was the head basketball coach of the French club ASVEL Basket, from 1980 to 1989, and the French club Montpellier, from 1990 to 1993. He won the French League championship in 1981, and the French Cup title in 1984.