His career as appoint guard was short in comparision to other points in his era but, Phil Ford was underrated as any point guard in the NBA. His best years numbers wise may very well have been in college but he was skilled at his position.
Ford played four years of basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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 that 1977-78 season. In 1978, Ford finished his career at Carolina as the number 1 all-time leading scorer in North Carolina 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 making Phil the number 2 scorer in Carolina history.
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 Vasquez of Maryland). A consensus All-American in 1976, 1977, and 1978, he was named college player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 1978, when he also 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. Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Phil Ford.
|1978–1982||Kansas City Kings|
|1982||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||5,594 (11.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||854 (1.8 rpg)|
|Assists||3,083 (6.4 apg)|