Doug Collins is an American basketball executive, former player, coach and television analyst in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Likewise, he played in the NBA from 1973 to 1981 for the Philadelphia 76ers, earning four NBA All-Star selections.
He then became an NBA coach in 1986, and had stints coaching the Chicago Bulls. And Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. Collins also served as an analyst for various NBA-related broadcast shows.Moreover, he is a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award.
High school and college career
Collins was born in Christopher, Illinois. He grew up in Benton, Illinois, where his next-door neighbour was future film star John Malkovich. Collins enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Benton Consolidated High School. And that was under renowned coach Rich Herrin. After which he went on to play for Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, coached from 1970 by Will Robinson. The first black head coach in NCAA Division I basketball.
Collins was drafted first overall in the 1973 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played eight seasons for Philadelphia, and was an NBA All-Star four times. In the 1976–77 season, he joined Julius Erving leading the Sixers to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers.
A rash of injuries to his feet and left knee beginning in 1979, would end Collins’ career in 1981. In all, he played 415 NBA games, scoring 7,427 points (17.9 per game).
After his retirement, Collins turned to coaching. He joined Bob Weinhauer’s staff at Penn as an assistant coach and later followed Weinhauer to Arizona State for the same job.
In May 1986, Collins was named head coach of the Chicago Bulls. The team featured a young Michael Jordan who was entering his third season. Despite having Jordan, the Bulls were coming off a 30-52 season. And fired their past two coaches after one season each.
Collins immediately helped the Bulls turn around their fortunes, showing an improvement of 10 games in each of his first two seasons, coaching Chicago to a 50-32 record in his second year. Similarly, in his third year as coach, he brought Chicago to their first Eastern Conference Finals Appearance in 15 years. However, they were unable to get past their Central Division rival the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons. Despite the Bulls’ success and his popularity in Chicago, Collins was fired in the summer of 1989.
National team career
Collins represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. Additionally, those basketball games are remembered by U.S. fans mainly for the controversial gold medal basketball game between the United States and the Soviet Union, in which Collins played a key part.
Collins started doing work for CBS in the mid-1980s, calling mostly playoff games. He also was the lead color analyst for the local broadcasts of the 76ers’ games during the 1985–86 season. In-between his various coaching stints he has done broadcasting work for CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, and ABC/ESPN.
After being fired by the Wizards, Collins returned to announcing games for TNT. In addition, he served as an analyst for NBC Sports’ TV coverage of basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Further, he also was a basketball analyst for NBC during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
On September 19, 2017, the Chicago Bulls announced that Collins has joined the team as senior advisor of basketball operations.
Collins and his wife Kathy have two children. They reside in the Delaware Valley. Their son Chris, a former Duke University basketball player. Further, he is the head basketball coach at Northwestern University and their daughter Kelly. He played basketball at Lehigh University, is a school teacher in Pennsylvania.
As per OpenSecrets.org, Collins’ net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $102,004 and $499,998. That averages to $301,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Collins ranked as the 318th most wealthy representative in 2012.Between 2011 and 2012, Collins’ calculated net worth decreased by an average of 42 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
- Full Name: Paul Douglas Collins
- Date of Birth: July 28, 1951
- Age: 68
- Birth Place: Christopher, Illinois
- Nationality: American
- Listed height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
- Listed weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
- High school Benton (Benton, Illinois)
- College: Illinois State (since 1970–1973)
- Selected similarly by the Philadelphia 76ers
- Playing career 1973–1981
- Position Shooting guard
- Number 20
- Position Senior advisor of basketball operations
- League NBA
- Coaching career: since 1986–2003, 2010–2013
- Spouse: Kathy Collins
- NBA draft: since 1973 (Round: 1 / Pick: 1)
- Education: Illinois State University (1970–1973), Benton Consolidated High School
- Net worth: $5 million
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