Ray Scott (basketball)

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Ray Scott
Personal information
Born (1938-07-12) July 12, 1938 (age 79)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school West Philadelphia
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Portland (1957–1958)
NBA draft 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 1958–1972
Position Power forward / Center
Number 22, 12, 31
Career history
As player:
1958–1961 Allentown Jets
19611967 Detroit Pistons
19671970 Baltimore Bullets
19701972 Virginia Squires
As coach:
19721976 Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 11,269 (14.3 ppg)
Rebounds 7,979 (9.8 rpg)
Assists 1,781 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

John Raymond Scott (born July 12, 1938) is a retired American basketball player and coach. A 6'9" forward/center who played college basketball at the University of Portland, Scott was selected with the fourth pick of the 1961 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, and was a deadly shooter near the perimeter of the court. Scott had an 11-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the American Basketball Association (ABA), with the Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, and Virginia Squires.Scott also competed in high school against the great Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt at Overbrook and Scott at West Philadelphia. Scott was the successor to Wilt as the public league scoring champion.

Scott later coached the Pistons for three and a half seasons, from 1972 to 1976. In 1974, he won the NBA Coach of the Year Award after guiding the Pistons to a 52–30 regular season record.He was the first African-American to be so honored stating"now the door is open and I look for more to follow". Scott was fired by the Pistons on January 26, 1976, and replaced with assistant Herb Brown. At the time he was fired, the Pistons were 17–25. In March 1976, Scott was hired as the head basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University. Over three seasons, he guided EMU to a 29–52 record. Eastern Michigan fired Scott in March 1979.

After his coaching career, Scott went into private business. He also has the position of ambassador for children and families for the Wellspring Lutheran service agency in Michigan.[1] In February 2008, Scott was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.[1] In April 2008, during a celebration of the Pistons' 50th anniversary, he was named one of the "30 All-Time Pistons."

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Detroit 1972–73 75 38 37 .507 5th in Midwest
Detroit 1973–74 82 52 30 .634 4th in Midwest 7 3 4 .429 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Detroit 1974–75 82 40 42 .488 5th in Midwest 3 1 2 .333 Lost in First Round
Detroit 1975–76 42 17 25 .405 (fired)
Career 281 147 134 .523 10 4 6 .400