Division: NCAA, NBA
Position: Forward
College: Villanova '85
Years: 1978-1981 as a Gaucho
Height: 6'9
Highschool: Adlai E. Stevenson '81
Hometown: Bronx, NY


Ed Pinckney is a true Gaucho and one of the most amazing people you will ever meet. Where ever he is he will get on the phone if we call. Attend a gala? Sure. Do an interview about the Gauchos? No problem. We love this man and a banner hangs in his honor from our rafters. Ed we are so proud of you. What a man you have become. We will update this page from time to time with news and stories about Eddie. Check back soon.


From Ed’s Wiki page:

College Career

Ed 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] Ed 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.

Ed Pinckney - Villanova

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.

DEERFIELD, IL - DECEMBER 11: Assistant Coach Ed Pickney of the Chicago Bulls poses for a portrait during 2011 NBA Media Day on December 11, 2011 at the Berto Center in Deerfield, IL. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

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

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.