Chris Ford Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary, and Net Worth

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Who is Chris Ford?

Christopher Joseph Ford abbreviated as Chris Ford was a professional American basketball player and head coach. He is notably known for making the first counted NBA three-point shot on October 12, 1979.

How Old Is Chris Ford?

He was 74 years old at the time of his death on January 17, 2023. Having been born on January 11, 1949, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Chris shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; QCP, Alyssa McKay, Cody Simpson, Jania Bania, Mary J. Blige, and many more.

Chris Ford Family

Who are Chris Ford’s Parents and Siblings?

His secretive nature has shown up in his personal life. He has managed to keep his family background very private. In case there is news regarding his parents and siblings, we will update it here as soon as possible.

Chris Ford Education

He received his high school education at Holy Spirit High School. After high school, he attended Villanova University.

Chris Ford’s Marital Status

He was married to the love of his life Katie Ford.

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Chris Ford Kids

News on the internet shows that he had four kids. However, his kids’ names and whereabouts are not mentioned on the internet.

Chris Ford Career

An Amateur Career

He played high school basketball at Holy Spirit High School standing at 6-foot-5. As a senior, he averaged a Cape-Atlantic League record 33 ppg and finished with 1,507 career points which as of 2021 was still a school record. He then signed to play at Vilanova University, sat out his freshman year as required at the time, and then quickly established himself, averaging 16.1 ppg. As he helped the team advance to the regional finals of the 1970 NCAA University Division basketball tournament.

Losing to St. Bonaventure 97-74 with the Bonnies led by 26 points by Bob Lanier, a future teammate of Chris with the Detroit Pistons. In the 1971 NCAA University Divisional basketball tournament, he and Villanova continued their winning ways advancing to the championship game, losing to UCLA and legendary coach John Wooden 68-62. He thus averaged 13.8 ppg on the season. In his senior year, he 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, he averaged 15.8 ppg, and 6.0rpg and led Villanova to three consecutive NCAA appearances.

A Professional Career

He was drafted in the 1972 NBA draft (2nd round, 17th overall pick) by the Detroit Pistons. He thus established himself as a defensive-oriented regular for Detroit and helped lead the team to four straight post-season berths (1974-1977). In October 1978, he was traded by Detroit with a 1981 2nd-round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for Earl Tatum. In the 1978-79 Boston Celtics season, he averaged a career-high 15.6 ppg and was a member of the 1981 Boston Celtics season with 10-year career averages of 9.2 ppg, 3.4 APG, and 1.6 steals per game, remaining in the top 100 for his career in steals per game. Also, he appeared as a member of the Detroit team in the cult classic basketball film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh in 1979. Alongside Pistons teammates Bob Lanier, Eric Money, John Shumate, Kevin Porter, and Leon Douglas.

A Coaching Career

After his playing career, he went on and became an assistant coach with Boston, first under KC Jones and then Jimmy Rodgers. As he helped the Celtics to NBA championships in 1984 and 1986. After Rodgers’s dismissal, Cris went on to be promoted to head coach for the Celtics (1990-95, 222-188, .541) and then dismissed. After his dismissal, he was by replaced by former Pistons and Celtics teammate ML Carr. He then coached Milwaukee Bucks (1996-98, 69-95, .421), the Los Angeles Clippers (1999-2000, 20-75, .211), and finally the Philadelphia 76ers (2003-04, 12-18, .400). In the 1991 NBA All-Star Game, he coached the Eastern All-Stars. In addition to coaching at the professional level, he went on and spend two seasons (2001-2003) as head basketball coach at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Massachusetts. He then became a scout for the 76ers and was also a coaching consultant for the New York Knicks.

Chris Ford Height and Measurements

Adding up to his well-built body, he stood at a height of 6ft 5 inches (1.96m) and a weight of 86kg (189 lbs).

Chris Ford’s Salary and Net Worth

His salary is not mentioned on the internet but had an estimated net worth of $10 million.