Terrance Jerod “T. J.” Ford (born March 24, 1983) is an American retired professional basketball player. Having been awarded numerous top basketball accolades in high school and college, Ford entered the 2003 NBA draft and was selected eighth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. Ford’s recurring back injuries resulted in him missing many games in his three seasons with the Bucks, but in 2005, it was announced that he was fit to play basketball again. Ford was traded to the Raptors prior to the 2006–07 NBA season, and established himself as the starting point guard, helping the team win the Atlantic Division crown and reach the 2007 NBA Playoffs. Following an injury sustained in the 2007–08 NBA season, however, Ford had difficulties reclaiming the starting spot and was traded to the Indiana Pacers. He signed with KK Zagreb of Croatia during the 2011 NBA lockout where he appeared in one game, playing 17 minutes and scoring 7 points. On December 9, 2011, Ford signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
On March 15, 2012, Ford, Richard Jefferson and a 2012 first-round pick were traded to the Golden State Warriors. Ford was then waived by the Warriors.
Off the court, Ford set up the T. J. Ford Foundation in 2004 to help participants achieve their academic, personal and civil goals.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2004)
Naismith Player of the Year (2003)
John R. Wooden Award (2003)
Sporting News Player of the Year (2003)
Consensus first-team All-American (2003)
AP Honorable mention All-American (2002)
First-team All-Big 12 (2003)
Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2002)
No. 11 retired by the University of Texas