|Born||January 11, 1949|
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||January 17, 2023 (aged 74)|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Holy Spirit (Absecon, New Jersey)|
|NBA draft||1972 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|1983–1990||Boston Celtics (assistant)|
|1999–2000||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2003–2004||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|2004||Philadelphia 76ers (interim)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
As assistant coach:
|Points||7,314 (9.2 ppg)|
|Assists||2,719 (3.4 apg)|
|Steals||1,152 (1.6 spg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Christopher Joseph Ford (January 11, 1949 – January 17, 2023) was an American professional
Between 1990 and 1995, Ford was the head coach of the Celtics, and proceeded to coach for three other NBA franchises for various stints until 2004.
A 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) guard from
Villanova and Ford continued their winning ways, advancing in the 1971 NCAA tournament to the championship game, losing to UCLA and legendary coach John Wooden 68–62. Ford averaged 13.8 ppg on the season. In his senior year, Ford averaged a stellar 17.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, again helping lead Villanova to the 1972 NCAA tournament, with the team losing in the regional semi-final to Penn 78–67. For his college career, Ford averaged 15.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, leading Villanova to three consecutive NCAA appearances.
Ford was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the
In October 1978, he was traded by Detroit with a 1981 2nd round draft pick to the
Ford also appeared as a member of the Detroit team in the fantasy basketball comedy film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh in 1979 alongside Pistons teammates Bob Lanier, Eric Money, John Shumate, Kevin Porter, and Leon Douglas.
Ford became an assistant coach with Boston, first under
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Won an NBA championship||*||Led the league|
|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 %|
|Boston||1990–91||82||56||26||.683||1st in Atlantic||11||5||6||.455||Lost in |
|Boston||1991–92||82||51||31||.622||1st in Atlantic||10||6||4||.600||Lost in |
|Boston||1992–93||82||48||34||.585||2nd in Atlantic||4||1||3||.350||Lost in |
|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 |
|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|
|Philadelphia||2003–04||30||12||18||.400||5th in Atlantic||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
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