Chris Ford

Chris Ford
Chris Ford
No. 42
Guard / Forward
Personal information
Date of birth January 11, 1949 (1949-01-11) (age 62)
Place of birth Atlantic City, New Jersey
Nationality American
High school Holy Spirit (Absecon, New Jersey)
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College Villanova
NBA Draft 1972 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro career 1972–1982
Career history
As player:
19721978 Detroit Pistons
1978–1981 Boston Celtics
As coach:
19901995 Boston Celtics
19961998 Milwaukee Bucks
19982000 Los Angeles Clippers
2004 Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 7,314 (9.2 ppg)
Assists 2,719 (3.4 apg)
Steals 1,152 (1.6 spg)
Stats at
Stats at

Christopher Joseph Ford (born January 11, 1949 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA) is a former professional basketball player and head coach. A 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) guard, he played high school basketball at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, New Jersey,[1] before continuing on to Villanova University.

He played 10 seasons (1972–1982) in the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. Ford is credited with scoring the NBA's first three-point shot for the Boston Celtics on October 12, 1979 in a game against the Houston Rockets at Boston Garden. After winning a championship with the Boston Celtics, he ended his playing career in 1982 with 7,314 total points.

Ford later served as a head coach for the Celtics (1990–95), the Milwaukee Bucks (1996–98), the Los Angeles Clippers (1998–2000), and the Philadelphia 76ers (2003–04). He coached the Eastern All-Stars in the 1991 NBA All-Star game. He also served as an assistant with the Celtics and Sixers.

In addition to coaching at the professional level, Ford spent two seasons (2001–2003) as head basketball coach at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Mass.

Ford later became a scout for the 76ers.

Coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L% Win-loss %
Post season PG Games coached PW Games won PL Games lost PW–L% Win-loss %


  1. ^ "Assistant Ford promoted to replace Ayers",, February 10, 2004. Accessed May 21, 2007. "A native of Atlantic City, N.J., Ford attended Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J., and went on to play at Villanova University from 1968-72, where he helped the Wildcats reach the 1971 NCAA championship game against UCLA."

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jimmy Rodgers
Boston Celtics head coach
Succeeded by
M. L. Carr
Preceded by
Mike Dunleavy
Milwaukee Bucks head coach
Succeeded by
George Karl
Preceded by
Bill Fitch
Los Angeles Clippers head coach
Succeeded by
Jim Todd
Preceded by
Randy Ayers
Philadelphia 76ers head coach
Succeeded by
Jim O'Brien

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