Phil Jackson Ford Jr. (born February 9, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 1974, and had an All-American college career at North Carolina.
Ford at UNC in 1977
|Born||February 9, 1956|
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Rocky Mount|
(Rocky Mount, North Carolina)
|College||North Carolina (1974–1978)|
|NBA draft||1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Kansas City Kings|
|1978–1982||Kansas City Kings|
|1982||New Jersey Nets|
|1988–2000||North Carolina (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||5,594 (11.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||854 (1.8 rpg)|
|Assists||3,083 (6.4 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2012
Ford played four years of basketball at the University of North Carolina. After his sophomore season, Ford started for the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in 1976. While a senior, he averaged 20.8 points a game during the 1977–78 season. In 1978, Ford finished his career at Carolina as the leading all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,290 points. Ford was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May 1991. On December 18, 2008, Tyler Hansbrough surpassed Ford's total.
He also finished his career as the only player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to score over 2,000 points and register at least 600 assists (a record now shared with Travis Best of Georgia Tech and Greivis Vásquez of Maryland). A consensus All-American in 1976, 1977, and 1978, he was named college player of the year in 1978, when he won the Eastman, USBWA College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Awards. In 2002 Ford was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the fifty best players in ACC history.
The second pick in the first round of the draft, Ford was NBA Rookie of the Year with the Kansas City Kings in 1979. In 482 NBA games, Ford scored 5,594 points, an 11.6 average, and had 3,083 assists, an average of 6.4 per game. He retired from the NBA in 1985.
In 1988 he returned to North Carolina as an assistant coach, and helped lead the Tar Heels to the 1993 national title. After Smith retired in 1997, Ford became the top assistant to his successor, Bill Guthridge.
Ford currently works for the Educational Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the University of North Carolina athletic department. He also briefly served as color commentator on UNC basketball broadcasts.
Ford served as an assistant coach to Larry Brown for the Detroit Pistons (2004–2005). After a brief stint as an assistant coach to Isiah Thomas for the New York Knicks (2005–2007), Ford was retained in the same position by the Charlotte Bobcats' new head coach Larry Brown from June 2008 to 2010.
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Phillip R. Ford (born 1961), American stage and film producer, director, and drag entertainer
Phil Ford (rugby) (born 1961), Welsh rugby union and rugby league footballerRocky Mount, North Carolina
Rocky Mount is a city in Edgecombe and Nash counties in the Atlantic coastal plain region of the U.S. state of North Carolina. Although it was not formally incorporated until February 28, 1907, the North Carolina community that became the city of Rocky Mount dates from the beginning of the 19th century. The first post office in the area opened in 1816. The city's population was 57,477 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 54,523 in 2017, making it the 17th-most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Rocky Mount has received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League two times, in 1969 and 1999.Rocky Mount is the principal city of the Rocky Mount metropolitan area, which includes Edgecombe and Nash counties, often called the "Twin Counties". The MSA had a population of 143,026 (though a July 1, 2009 estimate placed the population at 146,596). It is also a part of the Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill CSA, also known as The Triangle, with a total population of 2,199,459 as of 2017.