The most decorated athlete in Illinois State University history, Doug Collins was a star on the 1972 USA Olympic team and a Consensus All-American in 1973, plus he was selected one of the 1973 NCAA Top Five Athletes.
Doug Collins earned school athletic letters three straight years and averaged a torrid 29.1 points in three seasons for the Illinois State Redbirds basketball team, located in Bloominton-Normal.
Doug Collins was the No 1 player selected in the National Basketball Association 1973 draft (by the Philadelphia 76ers). An instant success in the NBA playing at the guard position, he made second team NBA All-Rookie Team in 1973-74. He played his entire NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers. An accurate basketball shooter, he made over 50% of his field goals attempted and averaged over 12 points per game every season from 1974-75 thru 1980-81. In 32 NBA postseason playoff games he scored 687 points, for a very solid 21.5 points per game average.
Doug Collins career stats: 7427 points in 415 games, 2927 FGM, 5839 FGA, a .501 pct. 1573 FTA, 1888 FTA, .833 pct, 1339 rebounds, 1368 assists, 1245 PF, 518 steals, 19.9 points per game, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg.
After playing nine years in the NBA, he moved into the coaching ranks. Doug Collins has been the head coach of the Chicago Bulls 1986-87 thru 1988-89, Detroit Pistons 1995-96 thru 1997-98, and for the Washington Wizards starting in 2001-2002