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John Raymond (Ray) Scott (born July 12, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'9" forward/center who played collegiately at the University of Portland, Scott was selected with the fourth pick of the 1961 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Scott had an 11-year career in the NBA and the ABA, with the Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, and Virginia Squires.

Scott would later coach the Pistons for three and a half seasons, from 1972-1976. In 1974, he won the Red Auerbach Trophy, better known as the NBA Coach of the Year Award, after guiding the Pistons to a 52-30 regular season record.

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 coach at Eastern Michigan University. Over three seasons, he guided EMU to a 29-52 record. EMU fired Scott in March 1979. After his coaching career, Scott went into private business.

In February 2008, Scott was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. In April 2008, during a celebration of the Pistons' 50th anniversary, he was named one of the "30 All-Time Pistons."

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