Chris Ford
Personal information
Born (1949-01-11) January 11, 1949 (age 72)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolHoly Spirit (Absecon, New Jersey)
CollegeVillanova (1969–1972)
NBA draft1972 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1972–1982
PositionShooting guard
Coaching career1983–2004
Career history
As player:
19721978Detroit Pistons
19781982Boston Celtics
As coach:
19831990Boston Celtics (assistant)
19901995Boston Celtics
19961998Milwaukee Bucks
19982000Los Angeles Clippers
2001–2003Brandeis University
2003–2004Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2004Philadelphia 76ers (interim)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

As assistant coach:

Career statistics
Points7,314 (9.2 ppg)
Assists2,719 (3.4 apg)
Steals1,152 (1.6 spg)
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Christopher Joseph Ford (born January 11, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player and head coach. He is known for making the first counted NBA three-point shot in October 1979. A 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) guard, Ford 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, which was also the debut game of Indiana State sensation Larry Bird. After winning a championship with the 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, Massachusetts.

Ford later became a scout for the 76ers. He was also formerly a coaching consultant for the New York Knicks.[2] Ford was at one point considered for the Knicks' coaching job in the summer of 1995 before they decided on Don Nelson.[3]

Coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Boston 1990–91 82 56 26 .683 1st in Atlantic 11 5 6 .455 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Boston 1991–92 82 51 31 .622 1st in Atlantic 10 6 4 .600 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Boston 1992–93 82 48 34 .585 2nd in Atlantic 4 1 3 .350 Lost in First Round
Boston 1993–94 82 32 50 .390 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Boston 1994–95 82 35 47 .427 3rd in Atlantic 4 1 3 .350 Lost in First Round
Milwaukee 1996–97 82 33 49 .402 7th in Central Missed Playoffs
Milwaukee 1997–98 82 36 46 .439 7th in Central Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 1998–99 50 9 41 .180 7th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
L.A. Clippers 1999–00 45 11 34 .244 (fired)
Philadelphia 2003–04 30 12 18 .400 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Career 699 323 376 .462 29 13 16 .448


  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."
  2. ^ May, Peter. "Woodson Mentor-Turned-Consultant Has Celtic Roots as Player and Coach". Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Archives". Los Angeles Times.