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Don Chaney

Don Chaney
Personal information
Born (1946-03-22) March 22, 1946
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school McKinley (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
College Houston (1965–1968)
NBA draft 1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1968–1980
Position Guard
Number 12, 42
Career history
As player:
19681975 Boston Celtics
1975–1976 Spirits of St. Louis (ABA)
19761977 Los Angeles Lakers
1977–1979 Boston Celtics
As coach:
19841987 Los Angeles Clippers
19881992 Houston Rockets
19931995 Detroit Pistons
20012004 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 6,663 (8.4 ppg)
Rebounds 3,147 (4.0 rpg)
Assists 1,762 (2.2 apg)
Stats at

Donald Ray Chaney (born March 22, 1946) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, most notable for his long stints as a player on the Boston Celtics.


  • Career as a player 1
  • Career as a coach 2
  • Awards 3
  • Head coaching record 4

Career as a player

While at Houston, #24 Chaney blocks a shot against UCLA in the 1968 Game of the Century at the Astrodome

Chaney played basketball in college for the University of Houston, where he was a teammate of future Basketball Hall-of-Famer Elvin Hayes. Chaney played all 40 minutes of the famed "Game of the Century" at the Astrodome. That year Chaney became the first-round pick (12th overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 1968 NBA Draft; he was also drafted by the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association.

Don became a 1969 NBA Finals champion with the Boston Celtics during his rookie year. He would also help the Celtics toward winning the 1974 NBA Finals. He had two stints with the Boston Celtics (1968–1975, and 1977–1980), for which he is most notable. He also had a short two season stint with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1976–1978, and also played in the ABA for one year with the Spirits of St. Louis from 1975-1976. Chaney was mostly known for his defensive skills, providing adequate numbers in minutes off the bench.

Chaney is the only Boston Celtic who played with both Bill Russell (19561969) and Larry Bird (19791992).

Career as a coach

22 seasons as a coach (12 as NBA head coach):


Head coaching record

|- | style="text-align:left;"|L.A. Clippers | style="text-align:left;"|1984–85 |21||9||12||.429|| align="center"|5th in Pacific|||—||—||—||— | style="text-align:center;"|Missed playoffs |- | style="text-align:left;"|L.A. Clippers | style="text-align:left;"|1985–86 |82||32||50||.390|| align="center"|4th in Pacific|||—||—||—||— | style="text-align:center;"|Missed playoffs |- | style="text-align:left;"|L.A. Clippers | style="text-align:left;"|1986–87 |82||12||70||.146|| align="center"|6th in Pacific|||—||—||—||— | style="text-align:center;"|Missed playoffs |- | style="text-align:left;"|Houston | style="text-align:left;"|1988–89 |82||45||37||.549|| align="center"|2nd in Midwest|||4||1||3||.250 | style="text-align:center;"|Lost in First Round |- | style="text-align:left;"|Houston | style="text-align:left;"|1989–90 |82||41||41||.500|| align="center"|5th in Midwest|||4||1||3||.250 | style="text-align:center;"|Lost in [[1990 NBA Playoffs|

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