Doug Collins

Doug Collins
Doug Collins
Collins as head coach of the 76ers in November 2010.
No. 20
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Date of birth July 28, 1951 (1951-07-28) (age 60)
Place of birth Christopher, Illinois
Nationality American
High school Benton HS (Benton, Illinois)
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College Illinois State (1969–1973)
NBA Draft 1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 1973–1981
League NBA
Career history
As player:
19731981 Philadelphia 76ers
As coach:
19861989 Chicago Bulls
19951998 Detroit Pistons
20012003 Washington Wizards
2010–present Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 7,427 (17.9 ppg)
Rebounds 1,339 (3.2 rpg)
Assists 1,368 (3.3 apg)
Stats at
Stats at

Paul Douglas "Doug" Collins (born July 28, 1951) is a retired American basketball player, a former four-time NBA All-Star and currently the head coach of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.



High school and college

Collins enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Benton High School in Benton, Illinois, under renowned coach Rich Herrin, after which he went on to play for Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, in 1969.

1972 Olympics

Collins was chosen to represent the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. While those games are mainly remembered for the terrorist attack that left eleven Israeli athletes dead, there was also the controversial gold medal basketball game between the United States and the Soviet Union, in which Collins played a key part. The United States was undefeated in Olympic basketball competition history, and widely expected to remain undefeated after these Olympics. After Collins had hit two free throws, the time had apparently expired in the gold medal game; the United States had a 50–49 lead and seemed to have secured yet another gold medal. However, in a very controversial move, it was decided by the game's referees that there were still three seconds left to play, allowing the Soviets one more chance, which they utilized to make a lay-up. This gave the U.S. its first ever Olympic loss by a 51–50 margin.

Playing career

After that controversial game, Collins went on to be drafted by the Denver Nuggets of the American Basketball Association. In a 1973 supplementary draft, he was chosen by the New York Nets. Despite being drafted by ABA teams, he never played in that league, instead choosing to play in the NBA, where he had been the number one overall pick in the draft, picked by the Philadelphia 76ers. He only played 25 games his rookie year, the 1973–74 season, averaging 8 points per game.

His numbers improved substantially over the next few seasons, scoring almost 18 points and dishing out 2.6 assists while getting almost 4 rebounds per game in 81 games played during 1974–75 season, and then scoring 20.8 points per game and grabbing four rebounds per game in 1975–76. Collins made four All-Star teams in the late 1970s.

He kept tallying an average of about 19 points and four rebounds per game for the next three seasons, as the 76ers reached the NBA Finals during 1976–77 season. Although the team featured Julius Erving, among others, the Sixers could not overcome Bill Walton and the Portland Trail Blazers in those finals, losing four games to two.

During the 1978–79 season, Collins suffered a serious injury, which limited him to only 47 games that year, and eventually forced him into retirement as a basketball player. [1] His last season was 1980–81, in which he would only play 12 games before announcing his retirement.

Collins scored a total of 7,427 points in 415 NBA games, for an average of 17.9 points per game, while grabbing 1,339 rebounds for 3.2 per game, and passing for 1,368 assists, averaging 3.3 assists a game. As the three point shots were new to basketball when Collins retired, he only took one of those during his NBA career, missing it.

Post-playing career

Early coaching career

After his retirement, Collins turned to coaching. He joined Bob Weinhauer's staff at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant coach and later followed Weinhauer to Arizona State for the same job.[2] Collins took his first head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls in 1986, where he coached Michael Jordan and a young Scottie Pippen. He led the Bulls to a string of playoff appearances, including their best record in 15 years and an Eastern Conference Finals Appearance.[3] However, they were unable to advance to the Finals, and Collins was replaced by assistant Phil Jackson in 1989.

Coach of the Pistons

Collins was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons in 1995, and in his first season was able to improve the team's previous season's record by 18 games.[4] In 1997 he coached the Eastern Conference All-Star team.[5] He served as Pistons' head coach until February 2, 1998, when he was fired and replaced by Alvin Gentry. Collins then became a television broadcaster, working for many years at various networks, such as NBC on the NBA on NBC and TNT on the NBA on TNT.

Coach of the Wizards

He worked as a broadcaster for about five years, before being hired to coach the Washington Wizards, before the start of the 2001–02 NBA season. In Washington, Collins was reunited with Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley. Once again, in his first season with his new team, Collins improved the team's previous season's record by 18 games.[6] Though his .451 winning percentage through 2 seasons was better than the Wizards' .308 record the previous 2 seasons (and subsequent .305 record the following season),[7] Collins was fired at the conclusion of the 2002–03 season, and he returned to announcing games for TNT. Though it was mainly due to Jordan's decision to return from retirement, Collins' Wizards led the NBA in attendance during his 2 year stay.[8]

Return to broadcasting

Collins served as the analyst for NBC Sports TV coverage of basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[9]

After being fired by the Wizards in 2003, Collins' name surfaced several times regarding head coaching vacancies. In 2005, he was a candidate for the Milwaukee Bucks job but was passed over for Terry Stotts.[10] Collins was approached by the team again in 2008 to serve as their GM and coach but turned them down again.[10] In May 2008, Collins was in negotiations to coach the Chicago Bulls, nearly 20 years after he was fired from the team.[11] However, Collins withdrew his name when he and owner Jerry Reinsdorf "agreed it wasn't the best to keep going this way," in light of their close personal friendship.[12]

Coach of the 76ers

On May 21, 2010, Collins was hired as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.[13] While the 76ers initially started out poorly at a record of 3-13, the team showed improvement as the season went on, and clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for the NBA Playoffs. Under Collins, the team increased its win total by fourteen over the 2009-10 season, and made their third playoff appearance in four years.

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 %

Personal life

Doug and his wife Kathy have two children. They reside in the Delaware Valley. Their son Chris, a former professional basketball player, is now an assistant coach at Duke University and their daughter Kelly, who played basketball at Lehigh University, is a school teacher in Pennsylvania.

The basketball court at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena is named after Collins.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers Name Doug Collins Head Coach - 5/21/2010",, May 25, 2010 accessed June 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "BULLS: History of the Chicago Bulls". Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ Smith, Sam (May 2, 1997). "Doug Collins Making All The Right Moves". Chicago Tribune. 
  6. ^ "76ers hire Doug Collins as head coach". InsideHoops. 1986-05-23. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  7. ^ "76ers hire Doug Collins as head coach". InsideHoops. 1986-05-23. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Michael Jordan at the Washington Gate « Wages of Wins Journal". 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  9. ^ "Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks -". Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  10. ^ a b Vecsey, Peter."Grizzly Situation", New York Post, March 30, 2008 accessed Dec. 28, 2009.
  11. ^ "Bulls poised to hire Collins as Coach", ESPN, May 30, 2008 accessed Dec. 28, 2009.
  12. ^ "Collins, Reinsdorf agree coaching search continues ... minus Collins ", ESPN, June 6, 2008 accessed Dec. 28, 2009.
  13. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers Name Doug Collins Head Coach". May 21, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 

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