Edward Lewis "Ed" Pinckney (born March 27, 1963) is a retired American basketball player currently working as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
A 6'9" forward, Pinckney led regional eight-seed Villanova University to the NCAA title over the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas in 1985. He was the recipient of the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player 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.
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. He joined the Chicago Bulls' coaching staff on September 13, 2010.
On July 4, 2015, he was hired to be an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets.
- 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.