Doug Collins (basketball)

Paul Douglas " Doug " Collins ( born July 28, 1951 in Christopher, Illinois ) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. In 1973 he was in the NBA Draft top pick and was four time All -Star. Most recently, he was head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • 2.1 Early coaching career
  • 2.2 coach of the Detroit Pistons
  • 2.3 coach of the Washington Wizards
  • 2.4 coach of the Philadelphia 76ers


High School and College

On the Benton High School in Benton, Illinois, Collins enjoyed under head coach Rich Herrin a successful basketball career.

Olympic Games 1972

Collins was a member of BasketballMannscaft of the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. After Collins had converted two free throws in the final against the USSR at the end of the season, led the USA with 50:49. However, confusion reigned over a break and technical problems with the shot clock led to the referees the game three seconds continued before the end. With the last attempt to Spieiern the USSR succeeded in a fast layup and the U.S. conceded after 50:51 her first Olympic defeat.

Playing career

After the Olympic Summer Games 1972, Collins reported in the ABA Draft. However, he decided for the NBA, the former major league competition. In 1973 he was drafted in the first place by the Philadelphia 76ers. However, he only played 25 games in his rookie year, and he hung up 8 points per game.

His statistics values ​​increased but permanently on about the other seasons. In 81 games, he scored 18 points, 2.6 assists, 4 rebounds and nearly 1974/1975. In the late 70s he was four times named to the All-Star. 1976/1977 he reached with the 76ers to the NBA Finals, where he hung up almost 19 points and 4 rebounds that season. Although the team both Collins and Julius Erving, the former superstar had, they lost 4-2 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Overall, Collins recorded 7427 points in 415 league games for an average of 17.9 points per game. He also claimed in 1339 rebounds (3.2 per game ) and 1368 assists (3.3 per game).

Coaching career

Early coaching career

After his resignation, Collins moved to coaching. He became an assistant coach Bob vintners on the University of Pennsylvania; later he was followed by wine growers to the Arizona State Sun Devils. His NBA coach he ferierte premiere at the Chicago Bulls in 1986, where he coached Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. He brought the Bulls to the greatest success for 15 years, when he entered into the Eastern Conference Finals, but he was replaced in 1989 by assistant coach Phil Jackson.

Coach of the Detroit Pistons

1995 Collins was appointed head coach of the Detroit Pistons, which he led to a season record. He coached the 1997 All- Star team in the Eastern Conference. Until February 2, 1998, he worked as a coach Alvin Gentry until replaced. He then worked as a television expert and presenter on NBC and TNT.

Coach of the Washington Wizards

He worked for five years as a presenter when he was coach of the Washington Wizards 2001/2002. In Washington, he was reunited with Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley. Once again, he could lift the team to a new level and set a new season record. Although its rate of 45.1% in its two years coach was higher than that of the previous two seasons ( 30.8 %) Collins was fired in 2002/2003. Then he returned to TNT to be active as an expert.

Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers

On 21 May 2010 Collins was appointed head coach of the 76ers, after he had worked at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 as an expert. However, the season started badly; at the beginning, there were only 3:13 victories to book. However, at the end of the season, Philadelphia was able to improve on the 7th place in the East. After 2013, the playoffs did not reach, Collins ended his coaching career. He now works in an advisory capacity with the 76ers.

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