Ed Pinckney

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Ed Pinckney
Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1963-03-27) March 27, 1963 (age 55)
The Bronx, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Adlai E. Stevenson
(The Bronx, New York)
College Villanova (1981–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career 1985–1997
Position Small forward / Power forward
Number 54
Coaching career 2003–present
Career history
As player:
19851987 Phoenix Suns
19871989 Sacramento Kings
19891994 Boston Celtics
1994–1995 Milwaukee Bucks
1995–1996 Toronto Raptors
1996 Philadelphia 76ers
1996–1997 Miami Heat
As coach:
2003–2007 Villanova (assistant)
20072010 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20102015 Chicago Bulls (assistant)
20152016 Denver Nuggets (assistant)
2016–present Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 5,378 (6.8 ppg)
Rebounds 3,952 (5.0 rpg)
Steals 612 (0.8 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Edward Lewis Pinckney (born March 27, 1963) is a retired American basketball player[1] currently working as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

College career

He attended Villanova University and was a part of the Villanova Wildcats's 1981 heralded recruiting class that included Gary McLain, who was his roommate, and Dwayne McClain.

A 6′9″ forward from The Bronx, New York,[2] Pinckney led regional eight-seed Villanova Wildcats to the NCAA title over the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas in 1985. He was the recipient of the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player[3] after registering 16 points and 6 rebounds in the 66–64 victory, widely considered as one of the greatest NCAA tournament upsets of all time.[4][5] This game is featured in the book The Perfect Game by Frank Fitzpatrick.[6]

NBA career

Also in 1985 he was selected tenth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft and played for them from 1985 to 1987. He also played with the Sacramento Kings (1987–89), Boston Celtics (1989–94), Milwaukee Bucks (1994–95), Toronto Raptors (1995–96), Philadelphia 76ers (1995–96) and Miami Heat (1996–97). He retired in 1997.

Ed participated in the first tip-off in Toronto Raptors franchise history facing off against Yinka Dare of the New Jersey Nets on November 3, 1995.


Pinckney was a radio and television analyst for the Miami Heat from 1997 through 2003. He was the Heat's Director of Mentoring Programs from 2002 to 2003.

He spent the 2009-10 NBA season as a color analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers.


Pinckney served as an assistant coach for the Villanova Wildcats, under head coach Jay Wright from 2003-2007.

On September 21, 2007, Pinckney was hired as an assistant coach by the Minnesota Timberwolves.[7] He joined the Chicago Bulls' coaching staff on September 13, 2010.[8]

On July 4, 2015, he was hired to be an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets.[9]

On October 2, 2016, he returned to the Timberwolves as an assistant coach.[10]

NBA transactions

  • Selected 10th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 1985 NBA Draft
  • Traded to the Sacramento Kings for Eddie Johnson on June 21, 1987.
  • Traded to the Boston Celtics along with Joe Kleine in exchange for Danny Ainge and Brad Lohaus on February 23, 1989.
  • Traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with rights to Andrei Fetisov in exchange for Blue Edwards and Derek Strong on June 29, 1994.
  • Selected from the Bucks by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 expansion draft on June 24, 1995.
  • Traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Tony Massenburg in exchange for Sharone Wright on February 22, 1996.
  • Waived by the 76ers on July 15, 1996.
  • Signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat on September 25, 1996.
  • Retired on October 1, 1997.


  1. ^ Timmons, Nate. "Michael Malone names Ed Pinckney top assistant for Denver Nuggets, per report". Denver Stiffs. SM Nation. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ Berkow, Ira (6 April 1985). "SPORTS OF THE TIMES; THE EARLY GOALS OF ED PINCKNEY". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  3. ^ "ED PINCKNEY". VILLANOVA WILDCATS. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  4. ^ USA Today
  5. ^ "What the Hell Happened to...Ed Pinckney?". Celtics Life. Celtics Life. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  6. ^ 'The Perfect Game' -- How 3 Core Players From '85 NCAA Title Team Decided To Attend Villanova Frank Fitzpatrick January 22, 2013
  7. ^ Timberwolves hire Pinckney as assistant coach
  8. ^ Bulls hire Ed Pinckney as assistant
  9. ^ "Michael Malone finalizes Denver Nuggets coaching staff". DenverPost.com. July 4, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "ED PINCKNEY ADDED TO TOM THIBODEAU'S STAFF AS ASSISTANT COACH". NBA.com. October 2, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.

External links

  • Career college & NBA statistics @ basketballreference.com
  • Player bio: Ed Pinckney @ villanova.collegesports.com
  • "The man who helped dethrone Ewing" by Jeff D'Alessio, The Sporting News
  • Catching Up With Ed Pinckney by Jon Goode @ Boston.com – Jan. 14, 2005
  • What's up with: Ed Pinckney @ azcentral.com – Sept. 28, 2005
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